BRISTOL - Every team takes the field with the hopes of winning but for the Bristol Senior League baseball team, that’s the expectation.
With its most recent win against Southington South/West in the championship game Monday night, Bristol secured its 10th consecutive title. And regardless of the team’s history, the satisfaction of winning never changes.
“This is my second straight year on this team and it feels as good as it did last year,” James Hall said. “We made it to New Jersey [for regional’s] last year and I’m hoping we make it this year. I’m really confident that we will.”
Bristol beat Southington twice in the District 5 tournament, the other win coming in the first round. In order to reach the championship game Bristol defeated Silver City 7-0.
Throughout the tournament, Rhom Colquitt had a big impact. In the two games against Southington, Colquitt had multi-hit games, something that was common in the five other games between the two as well.
“He’s killed us the whole entire season,” Southington South/West coach Fred Parke said. “He’s a slap hitter. He likes to shoot the ball to right field and the problem is, once he gets on base, he’s gone. He has stolen every time he’s been on base and he’s probably scored every time he’s been on base against us.”
Colquitt isn’t the only player Bristol has at its disposal, though. Bristol’s entire lineup is capable of putting up runs and it showed with 19 runs in the past three games played.
On the mound is where Bristol will be tested going forward, specifically with command.
Ryan Fradette, one of the top pitchers for Bristol, had an off day against Southington before being pulled in the second inning for Hall, who led Bristol to the win.
Throwing strikes is Hall’s strength but he can’t pitch every inning so Bristol will hope Fradette, among others, can step in and find the zone.
“If we want to get to New Jersey, pitching is going to be the biggest thing,” Fradette said. “We have to throw strikes. If we can get our strikes down and get through innings without walks I think we’ll be good.”
Bristol will look to do so with a home field advantage, as it will host the Connecticut Little League Senior League Baseball State Championship. Bristol’s first game will be against the winner from the District 1 tournament on July 10 at 5:30 p.m.