ROUNDUP: Girard throws perfect game, strikes out all 15 batters in Bristol Eastern softball's win

Published on Monday, 24 April 2017 22:28


BRISTOL - Erin Girard struck out 15 consecutive batters as she pitched a perfect game on Monday afternoon in the Bristol Eastern softball team’s 17-0 five-inning win over Avon.

No Falcons batter managed to put the ball in play against Girard, who improved her record this season to 6-1.

On the other side, the Lancers took it to Avon. Bristol Eastern racked up 19 hits on its way to 17 runs, which it scored consistently throughout the game. The Lancers scored five runs in the first inning and then four in each of the remaining three frames.

Every Lancers starter recorded a hit, plus two hits from substitutes. Leading the way with three hits were Girard, Makenzie Jankowski and Alyssa Hackling, with Hackling being the only one of the three to bat 1.000 on the day. Of all the starters, only Paige McLaughlin joined Hackling with a perfect game at the plate, going 2-for-2.

Lewis Mills 23, Terryville 1: The Kangaroos were no-hit by the Spartans but still managed to put across a run. Terryville also committed 12 errors in the contest.

Alexandria Michaud got on base with a walk and was ultimate knocked in by a sacrifice bunt by Olivia Tuohy.


St. Paul 23, Wilby 3 (6 innings): The Falcons rode 26 hits to 23 runs in their road win over the Wildcats. They also only surrendered six hits to Wilby thanks to winning pitcher Julian Thayer and reliever Ben Lahey, who combined for nine strikeouts.

St. Paul’s best inning came in the top of the third, when it scored nine runs, and the Falcons followed up that frame with six runs one inning later to put the game out of reach.

Two Falcons batters had four hits in the game, as Thayer went 4-for-4 at the plate and Andrw Owsianko finished 4-for-5. Five others had three hits and Sean Crean was 2-for-2.

Glastonbury 5, Bristol Central 4: The Rams outhit the Tomahawks 8-5 but could not turn those hits into enough runs to earn the win.

Neither team led by more than one at any time in the game and the lead changed hands multiple times. Glastonbury took the first lead with a run in the bottom of the first, followed by Bristol Central tying it in the next half inning and the Tomahawks taking another one-run lead in the bottom of the second. The Rams scored one run in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings but Glastonbury matched with three runs over the fifth and sixth.

Jeremy Ganavage finished 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI, while Mike Lemke was 2-for-4.


Berlin 4, Bristol Eastern 3: Two of the Lancers’ three wins came on the singles side of the match, with Ridhwan Abdulsalam winning at No. 2 and Thomas Lombardi winning in the No. 4 spot.

Bristol Eastern’s third win came from its No. 3 doubles team of Benjamin Chiasson and Justin Wietrzykowski, who dropped the first set but rebounded in the next two.


Bristol Central 4, Maloney 3: For the first time this season, the Rams treaded out its top lineup and the Rams swept the four singles matches on their way to a 4-3 win over Maloney on Monday.

Ava Gorneault at No. 1, Emily McAllister at No. 2, Abby Goralski at No. 3 and Abby Gorneault at No. 4 picked up the wins on the singles side to propel Bristol Central to the win. The top three players are all captains on this year’s team.

“The captains and returning players are showing the younger players how to be successful right now,” Bristol Central coach Rick Block said. “Playing tennis is nice, but we're more into competing and they showed the younger players how to compete today.”

The win over the Spartans kicked off a four-match week for the Rams, as they will face Berlin on Tuesday, Rocky Hill on Wednesday and Wethersfield on Friday.

St. Paul 7, Wilby 0: The Falcons swept the Wildcats, thanks in part to three forfeits on the singles side. St. Paul’s top three singles players - Natasha Kempes, Victoria Kilbourne and Katie Pauloz - earned three wins for the Falcons because Wilby did not have any opponents for them. Caroline Badal was the only St. Paul singles player to have a match, which she won 8-4.

In doubles, St. Paul’s three teams only dropped two games between them.


Plainville 209, Bristol Eastern 228: Zach Bartolini and Mike Melninkaitis tied for medalist honors for the Blue Devils with scores of 49 to help beat the Lancers. Brenden McMahon shot a 50 for Bristol Eastern’s lowest score on the day.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, General Sports, St. Paul, Terryville on Monday, 24 April 2017 22:28. Updated: Monday, 24 April 2017 22:30.