While neither team got far in postseason play, the Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern baseball teams both enjoyed solid seasons on the diamond in 2017 and both had some notable players earn recognition.
The Rams finished 11-11 after cruising past a tech school in the opening round of the Class L state tournament and falling in the second round.
Two Bristol Central players earned all-conference honors: Jeremy Ganavage and Noah Plantamuro.
Ganavage, a catcher, batted .368 with 12 runs scored and 11 RBI. He was a “steady defensive player that became the steadiest performer on offense,” Rams coach Bunty Ray reported. He was picked to play in the CHSCA’s Senior All-Star Game.
Plantamuro, a shortstop, collected 11 runs and 18 RBI with an outstanding fielding percentage. He is now a two-time all-conference player. He was picked to play in the CHSCA’s Junior All-Star Game.
Other standouts for Bristol Central included Ken Knox, who went 5-4 with 49 strikeouts, with Ray saying he was on the “receiving end of some tough losses, but emerged as a number one starter and kept Central in many games.” He was also picked to play in the CHSCA’s Senior All-Star Game.
Also, Alec Balfour went 4-4 with a 1.59 ERA, recording wins over four teams with 10 or more wins during the season. Ray called him “very steady on the mound and a key contributor.”
Bristol Eastern, which finished 11-10 after a first round Class L state tournament exit, also had two all-conference players in Zach Marquis and Gary Gagnier, who were both also picked to play in the CHSCA’s Senior All-Star Game.
Gagnier batted .338 with a .427 on-base percentage, led the team in hits and was an excellent defensive catcher that emerged as a team leader, Ray reported.
Marquis, a pitcher, went 5-2 with a 1.40 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 47 innings pitched. He recorded the only perfect game in school history and put his team on his shoulders in every big game, Ray said.
Other key performers for the Lancers included Mike Massarelli, who batted .339 with a .439 on-base percentage, and Jake Violette, who was 5-3 with a 3.00 ERA - “steady on the mound and a good all-around player for the Lancers,” Ray said.
Additionally, Bristol Eastern’s Cory Fradette was picked to play in the CHSCA’s Junior All-Star Game.