Area softball, baseball teams off to strong starts

Published on Monday, 16 April 2018 21:14
Written by DAN ORENCOLE

@OrencoleDan

BRISTOL - If the early season results are any indication, it’s going to be an exciting year for the baseball and softball teams throughout the area.

Of the four local schools, five of the eight teams have strung together winning records in the early going.

St. Paul and Bristol Eastern baseball and softball are off to winning starts and Bristol Central softball rounds out the list.

Below is an in-depth look at where the five winning teams in the area currently stand:

SOFTBALL

Bristol Eastern: The Lancers have strung together a pair of wins over Windsor (4-1) and Enfield (3-0) after losing the season opener against perennial powerhouse Southington (6-0).

Erin Girard was expected to lead Bristol Eastern this season and has done just that. Outside of the loss to the Blue Knights, Girard has flashed her ability in the circle despite being a sophomore.

Outside of Girard, the Lancers have gotten some key production in the order out of Jordan Fitzsimons and recently saw freshman Zoe Lowe hit a home run.

Below are the stats of key performers for the Lancers early on:

Taylor Keegan: 4-for-7, 2B, 3B

Zoe Lowe: 3-for-9, 2 3B, HR, RBI

Jordan Fitzsimons: 2-for-9, four RBI (go-ahead hit against Windsor, and added to lead against Enfield with two-out RBI singles) 

Erin Girard: 2-1, 20 innings, 7 runs, 4 earned runs, 24 hits allowed, 2 BB, 29 K 

St. Paul: The Falcons are 4-1 and have dominated in three of their four wins, with a run margin of 41 in those contests against Woodland (13-3), Waterbury Career Academy (14-1) and Derby (20-2).

Coming into the year, head coach Gary Hovhanessian described the team as a work in progress with the hopes of being a .500 team.

With the performances of Abby Poirot (junior), Lindsey O’Bright (senior), Katelynn Oullette (senior), Jessica Persechino (junior) and Katrina Roy (sophomore) in the early stages of the season, the Falcons are looking more the part of last year’s group that set St. Paul history with its deepest run in program history, reaching the finals of the Class S tournament.

Bristol Central: The Rams are also off to a 2-1 start to begin the season. In its most recent win against Plainville, sophomore pitcher Peyton Greger had 10 strikeouts in her first varsity win for Bristol Central.

Kayla Beaulieu has been the cog of the Rams lineup. She started her season out with a pair of homers against Wethersfield. Gwen Toresso has been a standout freshman for the team that features youth talent of its own just like rival Bristol Eastern.

BASEBALL

St. Paul: Coming off a 19-6 record last season and returning most of its players, the Falcons had high expectations and have so far lived up to them.

St. Paul currently sits at 4-1 on the season and has had a number of different players contribute both on the mound and off.

St. Paul is on a three-game win streak and its wins on the season have come against Waterbury Career Academy (12-0), Woodland (6-1), Derby (12-7) and Watertown (7-5).

With a dominant offense and a plethora of arms at their disposal, the Falcons are on track to once again put together a strong season.

Below are some stats thus far for St. Paul:

Julian Thayer: 9-for-16, 2 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 2 stolen bases, 9 runs scored

Joshua Cofrancesco: 8-for-17, 2 2B, 1 stolen base

Ryan Parent: 5-for-13, 2B, 4 runs scored, 4 walks

Ryan Greene: 6-for-14, 7 runs scored, 2B, 2 HR

Ethan Rembish: 12 IP, 15 K, 0 ER

Scott Winters: 7 innings IP, 2 ER, 6 K

Bristol Eastern: The Lancers came into the season with middling expectations.

Up to this point though, not much has gone wrong for the Lancers group. Senior Mac Goulet has started his final campaign at the school strong. His season has already compiled a walk-off hit against Northwest Catholic and a home run against New Britain. Bristol Eastern averages 6.2 runs per game through the five games and Goulet is a big reason why.

Josh Nohilly, Matt D’Amato and Cory Fradette have also impressed offensively. On the mound. Jagger Duquette has shined on the mound for the Lancers. Against New Britain Duquette threw a complete game with 10 strikeouts in the 4-1 win.

Bristol Eastern has compiled wins against Plainville (12-4), Northwest Catholic (3-2), New Britain (4-1) and Norwich Free Academy (9-7).

These five teams provide plenty of reason to believe the success is just getting started.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, St. Paul on Monday, 16 April 2018 21:14. Updated: Monday, 16 April 2018 21:17.