SIMSBURY- The Bristol Eastern softball team put on a hitting clinic against Simsbury Wednesday afternoon and Eric Girard wasn’t too bad from the pitching circle either.
The Lancers racked up 14 hits, five extra, and Girard tossed another complete games as they routed the Trojans 17-1 in six innings.
Bristol Eastern’s sophomore pitcher surrendered just three hits and one walk, while striking out nine. She also got plenty of help early.
The Lancers had a 5-1 advantage after two and tacked on their final 12 runs of the afternoon over the final three innings.
Paige McLaughlin drove in four runs and scored four times herself after going 3-for-3 with three walks. Riley Giblin and Kylie Wolfradt had two RBI apiece for Bristol Eastern with two of Giblin’s three hits going for doubles.
Farmington 2, St. Paul 1: The Falcons led going into the sixth inning 1-0 before the Indians scored a run in both the sixth and seventh innings to win.
Abby Poirot started for St. Paul and finished with 14 strikeouts and both runs for Farmington were unearned.
Rebecca Nerbonne drove in the only run for the Falcons.
St. Paul fell to 17-2 on the season.
Jordan Fitzsimons, Taylor Keegan and Lyzah Corliss all finished with two hits.
Rocky Hill 9, Bristol 4: Ashley Macdonald led Bristol with two goals.
Gabby Abramczyk and Alexis Lape each had a goal to round out Bristol’s scoring.
It was a tough game and one that Bristol played well in despite the score.
“The score is not very reflective of how close the game really was,” Bristol coach Kyle Phelan said. “Their goalie made about eight or nine big saves on some really good chances we created. Our girls played really hard tonight and just came up on the wrong side of the result, can’t ask for any better of an effort.”
Avon 1, Bristol Central 0: The sixth inning proved to be the difference again for the Rams. Avon scored its only run in the sixth inning, which was all it needed in a pitching duel between Connor Harris and Alex Balfour.
“The sixth inning killed us again,” Bristol Central coach Bunty Ray said. “That’s been the story all year, I don’t know what it is with that inning.”
Noah Plantamuro had two of the Rams’ three hits in the game.
Bristol Central fell to 7-10 on the season and needs to win one of its three remaining games to qualify for the postseason.
Bristol Eastern 4, Plainville 3: It was a back-and-forth match, but the Lancers managed to take the top two matches in both singles and doubles:
Amy Bhagaloo and Julia O’Leary won the singles matches with Bhagaloo’s going into a third set against Kelley Tuczapski before winning 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.
In doubles, the duos of Kasey Simpson and Kelly Simpson, and Tina Guo and Leah Mastroianni claimed wins. Each went into a third set. The Simpsons won 6-4, 2-4, 6-4, while Guo and Mastroianni won 7-6, 4-6, 6-3.