BRISTOL - Peyton Gregor is only just a sophomore, but she is already becoming known for her intensity in pitching circle.
“You can see it out there,” Bristol Central softball head coach Monica Hayes said. “She had a couple big strikeouts [Monday], good plays and she was fist pumping and that’s what we need. These kids are pretty young so the fact that she brings intensity and a lot of focus is good for these younger kids to look up to.”
Greger has been delivering strong and constant performances all season long for the Rams. Against Berlin Monday afternoon, Greger struck out two, walked two and allowed four runs. But she also left 10 Redcoat runners stranded on base. Bristol Central just couldn’t provide any offense.
“I thought Peyton pitched really well [Monday],” Hayes said. “We had a lot of ground balls, we made some plays and we got out of a couple jams which I was really impressed with.”
What has perhaps been most impressive about Greger’s season is the gap between when she last pitched to when she took over the role. Last season, she was the Rams shortstop.
“I pitched years ago and then I stopped,” Greger said. “Then this year I started to pitch again. I just stepped up and played the position and now I’m working at it.”
Over the next few years, Hayes sees Greger grow into her pitching position and developing even more into a leader than she already is.
“I see her taking on an even bigger leadership role as the years progress,” Hayes said. “Since she just started pitching in the middle of the season this year, I am looking for improvement in fundamentals and developing a changeup, another pitch to go with her fast ball.”
But Greger’s focus remains on this season and she has high hopes for her team this year. Being 6-7 overall on the season, Bristol Central needs two more wins to qualify itself for the Class L state tournament.
Last season, the Rams finished 6-14, missing the tournament by two games. It was a disappointing year considering Bristol Central had gone 15-5 in 2016 to earn the No. 7 seed in the Class LL tournament.
“I want to make it to states,” Greger said. “And I want to grow as a team. I want to build our school team because we’re young and we’re going to try to excel.”
Greger will certainly have a role in that, especially as this season goes on.
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