After spending the last two years as a rock solid first baseman at Bacon Academy, Andrew Navickas will continue his baseball journey at the next level.
“I am excited to announce my commitment to further my baseball and academic career at Lasell University,” Navickas announced on social media. “I want to thank my family, friends, teammates, and coaches who helped me get to where I am today.”
Navickas, who graduated from Bacon Academy on June 17, was a captain for a Bobcats squad that won 17 of 20 games in the regular season this spring.
“There were a lot of things that made this group special. We had a lot of returning players and everybody was looking forward to playing together again,” said Navickas, who was a two-year starter. “Because we had so many returning players there was that cohesion that we established the previous season. We were able to put our offense together and we were a good defensive team, and that helped us win a lot of ballgames.”
In 22 total games this spring, Navickas hit .315 and was second on the team in RBIs with 25. He scored 22 runs on 23 hits — connecting on four doubles, two triples, and a home run.
Following the Covid-19 cancellation, which sunk his sophomore season in the spring of 2020, Navickas and the Bobcats would win 30 games over the next last two seasons, advancing to the Class M state quarterfinals in the spring of 2021.
This fall, he’ll join his new college team in Newton, Mass. that plays in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). The Division III Lasers are led by third-year head coach Billy Uberti, who is a native of the region and former Lasell player and graduate of the college.
Navickas said Lasell was on his list of schools he was interested in and when he found out the feeling was mutual, he made a full commitment to the school in the early stages of his senior year.
“I was fortunate to get that opportunity and I really did fall in love with the school and the sense of community at the school,” recalled Navickas, who will study finance and accounting.
College baseball is next step for from the Navickas, who first started playing tee-ball as a toddler in Colchester. His father, John Navickas, introduced him to the sport and helped develop his skills, playing catch with him and coaching little league teams.
Navickas also played basketball during his first two years at Bacon, before focusing his attention on his first love.
Now that passion will take him well beyond Colchester.
“There are so many things I’ll miss about Colchester community. I’ll really miss my friends coming to the game and supporting me. They keep you motivated,” said Navickas. “But it’s really cool to see that I get to continue my baseball career beyond high school.”
He added that he looks forward to traveling across New England with his Lasell team, who plays up and down the Eastern Seaboard and last year made a weeklong road trip to Fort Myers, Florida.
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