BRISTOL - With five wins on the season, the Bristol Central softball team has experienced both struggles and success this season.
While the team is getting more experience with each game, the Rams aren’t short of storylines.
Sophomore Peyton Greger has provided Bristol Central with stability on the mound. She’s limited her walks over the course of the season and has improved overall throughout.
Outside of her pitching performance, Greger has been a bright spot for the Rams with her personality in her first year pitching after playing shortstop last season.
“She brings a lot of intensity to the mound and gutsy performances day in and day out,” Bristol Central coach Monica Hayes said. “That’s something we haven’t had at Bristol Central in the circle in years. She’s somebody who will get on you, fist pumps, is into the game, she’s just intense and she’s just a competitor. So I think she’s raised our level of play and certainly added a different dynamic as a pitcher we haven’t had in awhile. I think she’s done a phenomenal job.”
At the plate, Bristol Central has a player that is already proving to be a difference maker in freshman Gwen Toresso. She has hit in the No. 3 spot all season and Toresso was the only player to have multiple hits in the Rams’ loss against Bristol Eastern.
With Greger and Toresso as the future of the team, Bristol Central has been looking to improve each game. For Hayes, it’s not the youth that has provided the struggles, but rather not having played enough games. She believes her team is talented enough.
Against the Lancers it was a step in the right direction. While Bristol Central could only muster two runs against Erin Girard, the Rams played strong in the field, something that had been an issue throughout the season and has led to losses.
“It’s definitely a stepping stone moving forward,” Hayes said. “Just for every other game we play from here on out. Mostly because we had a pretty good defensive game. We’ve been making a lot of errors. We’ve been sloppy. So the biggest takeaway from this game is the clean defensive play that I know we’re capable of doing. So it’s good knowing that they can play errorless softball.”
Bristol Central has seven games remaining on its schedule and will hope that improvement continues. The development of Greger and Toresso will be a big reason if the Rams make a push toward the postseason, as will the production of experienced players Jenna Ptak and Kayla Beaulieu.
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