Bristol Girls Little League Softball will celebrate the leagueâ€™s 10-year anniversary this Sunday at 11 a.m., during the Opening Day ceremonies to be held at McCabe-Waters Little League.
All 15 Bristol Little League softball teams will play on Sunday. During the Opening Day ceremonies, Maryellen Holden will be the guest speaker and 7-year-old Olivia Stafford will sing the National Anthem.
The 2017 District 5 Little League Softball champion and 2017 City Series champion Blast will also be honored during the ceremony.
On Thursday evening, the major division Bristol Gators played an amazing game with the visiting Berlin team from Rockwell Field, winning 10-8, with the final play made at the plate.
The Bristol Gators are a very young team, with nine girls league-age 10 or below. One of the 10-year-olds, Hailey Beebe, pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts (five looking) and made six assists and one putout, which involved her in 15 of the 18 outs recorded.
The pivotal play of the game came in the fifth inning, with one out and a Berlin runner on third base.
Hailey Beebe fielded a ground ball back to the pitcher, looked the runner back at third and threw the ball to 9-year old first baseman Lilly VanNostrand, who recorded the out at first base, then quickly turned and threw home to catcher Sarah Lacouture, who made a phenomenal tag at the plate for the 1-3-2 double play that ended the inning.
The entire Bristol team made solid contact at the plate. Emily Phillips, Hailey Beebe, Sarah Lacouture, Leah Sklenka, Leah Webber, Kayla Webber, Bella Loveall and Madison Foertsch all recorded at least one single and a run scored.
Madison Poskus, Lilly VanNostrand and Brooklynne Whitlock all reached base safely, with Whitlock scoring a run in the second inning.
Makayla Antunes, one of the leagueâ€™s strongest hitters and a defensively talented starting shortstop, did not have a single ball hit in her direction during the game. However, she covered her position so effectively, that Berlin did not attempt a steal while Antunes was on the field.