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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