PLAINVILLE - Headed into the top of the fifth inning of Wednesdayâ€™s game, Bristol Easternâ€™s softball team sprinted in from the field and huddled up before entering the dugout.
After a brief talk, the Lancers in unison shouted, â€ś1-2-3â€¦Runs!â€ť before take their final at-bats of the game.
Maybe they were speaking offense existence; maybe not. Either way, the Lancers racked up runs in bunches, holding an 18-run lead prior to that inning en route to a 23-3 victory over Plainville at Alumni Fields.
Bristol Eastern (2-0) pounded out offense early and often, posting 11 runs in the first inning. The team added three more in each of the next two frames, and Erin Girard (2-0) was lights out in an eight-strikeout, one-hitter across three innings with no walks allowed. Freshman Alison Tellier - in her first career varsity pitching appearance - struck out five of the six batters she faced in the final two frames.
â€śIn the beginning of the game, we kind of jumped on them,â€ť Lancers head coach Scott Redman said. â€śWe talked about, we respect all but fear none. We kind of tried to jump on them right away, which we did.â€ť
Zoe Lowe (3-for-4, three runs, three RBI) once again led the way for Bristol Eastern, falling a home run short of the cycle for the second straight game with a pair of doubles and a triple.
Tellier (2-for-5, two runs, four RBI) also had a nice day offensively out of the nine-hole, and Lyzah Corliss (2-for-5, two runs, three RBI), Paige McLaughlin (3-for-5, three runs), Riley Giblin (2-for-4, two runs), Alyssa Hackling (2-for-5, two runs, three RBI), Lorenzo Aparo (3-for-4, three runs, three RBI) each had multi-hit days. Taylor Keegan also added three runs and a pair of RBI.
â€śWe knew we were gonna face a really good team today and a couple really strong pitchers so I told the girls just to focus on ourselves and getting better, and we did,â€ť Plainville head coach Scott Marcusio said. â€ś[Bristol Eastern] hit the ball. They hit and hit, and I told them when we face a team that consistently gets good swings and are aggressive through the zone, good things are gonna happen for them. They either drove the ball to the outfield, or even their missed hits - with a good, aggressive swing through the zone - found spots.â€ť
Lowe roped a double and triple as part of the 11-run first inning in which all but one Lancer tallied a hit - Aparo the lone one who didnâ€™t after getting hit by a pitch.
Plainville saw some life in the final frame as it tallied one run on an RBI single from Aliana Shover, and Annie Roux then pulled a hard-hit line drive home run, rocketing it over the left field fence.
Bristol Eastern also took advantage of five errors by the Blue Devils (1-1) as Mackenzie Alvarado (1-1) allowed all of the Lancersâ€™ 23 runs, though just seven were earned runs. She fanned four with zero walks, but the Lancers tallied 21 hits across Alvaradoâ€™s five innings.
â€śI told them it was gonna be a challenge because weâ€™re facing a good offensive team and good defensive team with strong pitching,â€ť Marcusio said. â€śIt was gonna be a challenge, and it was. I just focused on us. We had a good attitude the whole game. We didnâ€™t put our heads down. We just focused on getting better throughout the game and taking a step forward with things we can control.â€ť
Redman was happy with his teamâ€™s performance in blustery conditions, two days after defeating Crosby 17-2 in the season opener.
â€śThe wind played a pretty big role today,â€ť Redman said. â€śSome of the balls that would normally have been caught they kind of fell in just because the wind wreaked havoc on both sides of the field - for them and for us. That kind of played a role. But we had kids who were hitting the ball hard all day and putting some pressure on Plainville defensively.
â€śFirst game was like 30 degrees and today was 40 mile-an-hour winds so youâ€™ve got some elements to deal with. Once the softball weather comes around, hopefully weâ€™ll see what our real potential is. Weâ€™ve got some good opponents this week and next week. So weâ€™ll see where weâ€™re at right away. We wanna see how we stack up against the better teams so weâ€™ll see how that goes.â€ť
Zack Carpenter can be reached at (860) 973-1811 or firstname.lastname@example.org