BRISTOL – The Bristol Eastern softball team only needed three innings to post 16 runs in its win over St. Paul on Thursday afternoon.
Anchored by a no-hit effort from junior pitcher Ali Tellier, the Lancers followed a quiet first inning by hitting the ball in every direction to gather a 16-0 win over the Falcons in five innings. Tellier hurled eight strikeouts and the defense behind her finished the day error-free in a overall dominant performance that improves their record to 11-5 while St. Paul falls to 4-15.
“We started off really unfocused and lackadaisical in the first inning, which I was pretty frustrated by,” Eastern head coach Scott Redman said. “They made the adjustments in the second inning and started to take a better approach. When they did that they hid the ball hard from that point forward.”
All nine players touched home plate with seven players notching at least one hit in the contest with six of them finishing with two hits. Tellier slapped a pair of doubles and had one RBI while senior third baseman Jasmine Perez hit three singles with three RBI and junior catcher Janessa Gonzalez finished with two hits and three RBI, highlighted by a two-run shot in the third inning.
Junior second baseman Sam Policki and sophomore first baseman Ashley Serafin also had multi-hit and multi-RBI performances as Eastern saw heavy production from across its lineup.
“We did really well defensively, no errors” Perez said. “Our pitcher did great, she threw a no hitter. We did well all around.”
The Falcons had no answer for Tellier, who was two walks away from throwing a perfect five innings. She stopped St. Paul from hitting a single ball into the outfield as the young roster struggled to find any balance against the Lancers’ starter.
“We go back to the fundamentals, just try to get the bat on the ball,” St. Paul coach Gary Hovhanessian said. “Sometimes we’re anxious because we’re down by a bunch of runs so we’re just trying to make something happen, maybe we’re swinging at bad pitches out of frustration. Overall, even though we struck out a few extra times today, I thought we had some pretty good swings. [We] put the ball in play a few times, we just didn’t get any hits.”
Eastern had four batters take the plate in the first inning and after the three outs Redman was displeased with his team’s attitude. 13 batters took the plate in the second inning and the Lancers scored their first eight runs of the game starting with three errors and a walk from St. Paul. An RBI-double from Serafin was the first hit of the inning and the floodgates opened from there.
“We started to hit the ball hard, started to actually take some good swings and not just fool around,” Redman said. “We acted like we won the game before we got here, so we needed a little wakeup call after the first and then we started to do what we needed to do.”
Eastern added four more runs in each of the next two innings to lead by 16 after just 12 outs. The Falcons had no answer to the Lancers’ bats as they committed eight errors on the day.
After struggling defensively at time this season, Redman was pleased to see such a clean performance from all nine of his defensive players. Tellier flashed the leather with an agile backhand stop and followed it with a throw to first base to make the final out of the game.
“She pitched well today, our defense made the plays behind her,” Redman said. “She had some good velocity, she overpowered some maybe less experienced hitters. She did well.”
The Lancers return to the field Friday for a double-header on the road against Plainville while the Falcons will finish their regular season after a week off when they travel to Farmington on May 27.
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