Losing last yearâ€™s spring season added some extra specialness to this season, and for anyone who played well enough to earn any individual recognition this year the feeling must be compounded.Â
There was plenty of success for the Bristol softball teams in 2021 with Bristol Eastern and Bristol Central both reaching the second round of the Class L state tournament to close out strong seasons.
The Ramsâ€™ 14-3 regular season earned them the 11th seed in the state tournament led by Connecticut High School Coaches Association all-state player Gwen Torreso along with all-conference selections Alex Sciarretto and Kaley Laird.Â
Torreso finished her final high school season as one of the leaders on a high-powered Central offense that scored at least 10 runs eight times this season. She finished the year with a .526 batting average off of 40 hits and 32 RBI including five home runs.
Sciaretto dominated from the circle in her first varsity season. The sophomore pitcher was one of the Ramsâ€™ key players this season as she helped her team both offensively and defensively.Â
Lairdâ€™s performance from the top of the Central batting order earned her all-CCC recognition, hitting well all season and playing strong defense from second base.Â
Three players from Eastern also received spots on the all-CCC south team after a strong campaign in 2021. Juniors Ali Tellier and Janessa Gonzalez and senior Jasmine Perez all finished the year with postseason honors for the Lancers 13-6 regular season campaign.Â
Tellier was assertive from the circle this season, leading a defense that held opponents to five runs or fewer 12 times. Adept at fielding her position and hitting as well, Tellier contributed in every way she could for the Lancers this year. She was also selected to the CHSCA junior select all-star game.
Tellierâ€™s pitches often ended up in Gonzalezâ€™s glove as displayed skill behind the plate in addition to being one of her teamâ€™s best hitters. Gonzalez was the Lancersâ€™ cleanup hitter and succeeded in driving in runs often for a team that built leads quickly.Â
Batting just before Gonzalez, Perezâ€™s bat and glove were both valuable tools for Eastern. One of the most consistent hitters on the team, she was always on base and creating action for the Lancers.
Gillian Smith and Caleigh Mcdougall were St. Paulâ€™s players to earn additional praise for their play this season as the two most consistent hitters on the team. Smith earned all-state and all-NVL Iron DivisionÂ honors in addition to a place in the junior select all-star game while Mcdougall earned a chance to play in the senior all-star game.