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Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012 2:00 pm

While Andrew David was one of the area’s top baseball players during the spring season, he didn’t let his athletic talents be the only factor on where to attend college.

“My mom and I made a list of schools with good archaeology programs, which is what I plan to major in at college,” David said. “We narrowed our list down to five or six schools and Tufts was the one that stood out the most to me.”

David, a 2012 Pacific High School graduate and the Four Rivers Conference baseball player of the year during his senior season, will continue his educational and baseball career at Tufts University.

Nicknamed the Elephants, Tufts is an NCAA Division III school located in Medford, Mass., near Boston.

David has no family or friends in the Boston area, but is looking forward to the experience.

“I’m excited, but it’s going to be very cold at times,” David said. “I’ve visited the school twice. I really like it. I think there are a lot of good opportunities for me there. It’s not a big school, but it’s not small, either.”

Education comes first for David, who scored a 32 on his ACT.

But what about the baseball program at Tufts?

“They’ve been in the top 25 in Division III for the last three years,” said David, who also played goalie for the Pacific soccer team. “Their field is very nice. The coach and everyone else in the baseball program I met were nice to me during my visit.”

David, a second-team Class 4 all-state selection by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, had quite a senior season.

On the mound, the tall right-hander had a record of 6-0 with a 0.88 earned-run average. In 40 innings, he allowed six runs, five earned, on 24 hits with eight walks and 40 strikeouts.

At the plate, David posted a batting average of .500 (24-48) with one home run, 20 walks, 19 RBIs and 15 runs scored. He had an on-base percentage of .652.

The Indians went unbeaten in the Four Rivers Conference both seasons David was on the varsity team.

“I’ve spent a lot of time in the weight room over the last two years and it’s paid off,” said David, a two-year varsity baseball player at Pacific.

David will go to Tufts as a pitcher, but could play a little first base.

“Tufts doesn’t know what they’re getting,” said Pacific Head Baseball Coach Jeff Reed. “Andrew is going to do very well, both on and off the field. He could be a nice two-way guy for the baseball team.”

Reed said that David was an ideal player to coach.

“Andrew was the hardest worker we had on the team. We really stressed getting in the weight room and that’s exactly what he did over the last two years,” Reed said. “He played summer ball, got lessons and always looked for ways to improve his game. He deserves everything he’s gotten.”

David throws a fastball, curveball and changeup.

“On a good day, I can get my fastball to about 86 or 87 (miles per hour),” David said. “I need to work on my curveball a little more, especially for the college game.”

David played this summer for the Rawlings Tigers.

“Andrew did it all for us, whether he was pitching, hitting or playing first base. We didn’t lose many games with him in the lineup,” Reed said. “He’s a bright kid who really got after it to make himself a better player. He’s a great role model for younger kids.”

Andrew is the son of Jeff and Annette David.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Washington at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Union at Borgia     7 p.m.

St. Clair at Ozark    7 p.m.

Potosi at Pacific    7 p.m.

Cuba at Hermann    7 p.m.

Blair Oaks at Owensville    7 p.m.

Houston at St. James    7 p.m.

Troy at Warrenton    7 p.m.

Wright City at Orchard Farm    7 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Potosi def. Union, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15

Francis Howell C def. Washington, 25-19, 25-22

Farmington def. Pacific, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Cardinal Ritter, 25-3, 25-3

Wednesday, Aug. 27

ECC def. Central Methodist JV, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia def. Notre Dame, 25-15, 25-8

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt South

Union def. Battle, 25-17, 25-11

Pacific def. Seckman, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Softball

Saturday, Aug. 23

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Borgia 5, Notre Dame 4 (8 innings)

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S 5, Washington 2

Warrenton 4, Union 3

Duchesne 10, Pacific 5

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City 6, St. Clair 2

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific, PPD to Sept. 5

Thursday, Aug. 28

St. Clair 3, Borgia 2

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washingto, PPD

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union 1, St. James 0

Fredericktown 4, St. Clair 1

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 0

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union, PPD

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s 4, Borgia 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

#Washington at Francis Howell North, 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Borgia 215, Washington 241

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia 280, Lutheran St. Charles 284, Washington 292

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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