BRISTOL - The Bristol Senior League softball team had no trouble finding its offense early on against Plainville on Thursday night, striking for 16 runs in the first inning.
On the mound, Bristol starting pitcher Kayla Wisz no-hit Plainville in the mercy rule-shortened 19-0 win for Bristol at Casey Field in the first contest of the three game series for the District 5 title.
“I was really excited to play,” Wisz said. “It was a fun game for all of us. I just went out there and did what I could and my team backed me up.”
Alex Shorette started the game with a single and Kayla St. Onge brought Shorette in to score for Bristol’s first run of the inning with an RBI double.
There was plenty of action in the first. St. Onge had an RBI single later in the inning. Megan Gaudreau, Wisz and Ashlynn Brunet each had RBI singles for Bristol.
Sam Policki drove in three runs in the first, an RBI single and another single to bring in two runs.
Jasmine Perez had an RBI walk in the inning with the bases loaded.
“We were kind of like scared going into it because we didn’t know what to expect,” Bristol first baseman Kayla St. Onge said. “Then after a few people started hitting, the energy was really high and everybody was keeping each other up.”
After the first inning it was more of a game as the Plainville girls settled down.
In the bottom of the second Bristol only sent three batters up to the plate.
The other three runs came in the bottom of the third inning. Jasmine Perez hit a home run and Alex Shorette had an RBI single.
But Plainville pitcher Whitney Southall looked more poised on the mound and the defense behind her stepped up.
“I think that once they got over their jitters they came out and did amazing,” Plainville coach Holli Southall said. “They were having a hard time hitting. They’re not used to seeing that pitcher. But once they came out and got a piece of it they were doing good. So I’m proud of them.”
Offensively, Plainville still struggled against Wisz but had better at bats as the game progressed.
Whitney Southall and Vanessa Autanno each had a walk for Plainville in a pair of strong at bats.
“I think they got used to Kayla’s pitching and kind of settled in and kind of got into the groove with hitting and then we were just on top of our fielding,” Shorette said.
Bristol will look to win the best-of-three series tonight in the second game at Wilson Field in Bristol.