PLAINVILLE - Bristol Eastern baseball head coach Mike Giovinazzo has seen most everything on the diamond as he enters his 44th season.
From his vantage point, he saw some positive takeaways following the Lancers’ 12-4 season-opening victory on Thursday afternoon.
“Overall, I was pleased with our ability to fight and come back after going down early,” Giovinazzo said. “There weren’t many negatives today.”
It’s still just one game into the season, though, and there are always improvements to be made.
The Lancers are looking to fine tune their approach at the plate, specifically on offense.
“One of our weaknesses is our approach,” Bristol Eastern senior Mac Goulet said. “We definitely need to sit on that first pitch fastball, because if it’s there you want to rip it. It’s probably the best pitch you’ll see in an at-bat.”
For pitching, working on different pitches and seeing what’s working and what isn’t is something Bristol Eastern got already out of starting pitcher Jagger Duquette in his first start.
“He’s got four pitches,” Giovinazzo said. “He’s got a fastball, a curveball, a slider and a change. He used them all today. There were certain innings that one was better than the other, and when one wasn’t working in an inning he would go to a different one that he knew he could throw for a strike. Every inning it was different. He found whatever was working and made it work.”
In the field, the Lancers looked in midseason form already with no mental mistakes.
It’s a positive sign when most everything goes your way in the season opener, but Bristol Eastern is moving forward and there’s plenty to prove.
“We need to get after it in practice,” Bristol Eastern’s Josh Nohilly said. “Nothing is perfect for us. We have mistakes in the field; we had some bad approaches at the plate. We can’t be satisfied after just one game.”
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