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Andris ‘Lucky’ Barroso
Senior, Key West

“Lucky is a fierce competitor who never lets the moment seem too big. He’s been a part of multiple no-hitters in his Conch career and has pitched in some of Conch baseball’s biggest moments in recent memory.” – Justin Martin, Key West High School athletic director

With a big game on the line, the Conchs can count on senior Andris “Lucky” Barroso to see them through. The 6’5” righty is imposing in physical stature but it is his ability to control the ball that strikes fear in batters. 

This season, Barroso is 9-1 in games in which he started, with his only loss being to the top-ranked team in the nation. His stats this season include a save and a no-hitter. Barroso is near-perfect in fielding, with just one error in his four-year varsity career for the Conchs. 

Barroso is unquestionably a lights-out pitcher, but his contributions to his team do not end with his arm. 

“He’s an outstanding teammate who leads by example as an athlete, in the classroom, and in the community,” said Justin Martin, Key West athletic director. “He truly embodies Conch pride in every aspect.” 

For his solid performance on the mound and exemplification of a team leader, Andris Barroso is the Keys Weekly Athlete of the Week.

Tracy McDonald fled to the Keys from the frozen mountains of Pennsylvania hours after graduating from college and never looked back. She is a second generation coach and educator, and has taught in the public school system for over 25 years. She and her husband met at a beginning teacher meeting in 1997 and have three children born and raised in Monroe County. In her free time, McDonald loves flea markets, historical fiction and long runs in the heat.