Bristol Eastern softball's Girard earns All-State honors in freshman season

Published on Thursday, 15 June 2017 22:57
BRISTOL — Bristol Eastern softball pitcher Erin Girard finished the 2017 season with an 18-2 record, she struck out double-digit batters in a single game multiple times, she has a perfect game to her name and now she’s earned All-State honors. And she’s only a freshman.
“Coming in as a freshman, we knew we had a good pitcher coming in but we didn’t know how she would make the transition,” Bristol Eastern coach Scott Redman said. “She threw well for us all year and she gave us a chance win every game. The softball pitcher is extremely important to win and she gave us a chance to win every game on the schedule.”

The recognition shows that she caught the attention of the state’s entire softball community but when she heard that she was receiving it, she didn’t have a usual response at first.

“When I first heard, I had to ask what it was because I never knew anything about it,” Girard said. “I was pretty honored. I wasn’t expecting to get it as a freshman.”

Girard was a big reason why the Lancers finished the regular season with an 18-2 record but she is not one to want to stay in the spotlight or take much credit.

“It was definitely fun. Everyone on the team made it a lot better,” Girard said. “Our catcher (Paige McLaughlin) put in a lot of work so it wasn’t just me.”

This being just her first season at the high school level, the expectations are high for her and Bristol Eastern. And she is ready.

“I’m very excited to see how our team does over the next few years and what opens up,” Girard said. 
Redman echoed his star pitcher’s excitement and anticipation for the future.

“Hopefully it all works out, with her health and everything,” he said. “She’s going to work hard in the offseason and hopefully she’ll continue to get better. She’s a young talent and could certainly do some really good things long term.”

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Eastern, General Sports on Thursday, 15 June 2017 22:57. Updated: Friday, 16 June 2017 00:53.