BRISTOL - Several area athletes earned Connecticut High School Coaches Association All-State honors this season.
In baseball, Bristol Central junior catcher Jake Santiago was named to the Class L team after slashing .421/.464/.513 with 19 RBI, 15 runs scored, seven doubles and four stolen bases this season for a Central team that went 10-13 and reached the second round of the state tournament.
“Jake has been working toward this goal for a long time,” Rams head coach Bunty Ray said. “He has put the hours into the weight room to become physically better. However, the reason he is All-State is he finally learned how to control the mental and emotional side of the game. If you want to be an elite player, attitude and effort are everything, and Jake is great in both areas.”
In Class S, St. Paul pitcher/outfielder Julian Thayer earned the honor after he went 3-1 on the mound with a 1.40 ERA and 1.00 WHIP and held batters to a .165 average in 35 innings pitched. Thayer also threw 52 strikeouts to 14 walks in nine appearances. At the plate, the junior slashed .371/.443/.529 with 24 runs scored, 16 RBI and eight doubles.
In softball, Bristol Eastern pitcher Erin Girard was named to her third straight All-State team and Lancers sophomore center fielder Zoe Lowe was named to her first All-State team in Class L.
Girard finished the season 15-5 with a 1.91 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 142 strikeouts and just 29 walks in 117 1/3 innings At the plate she tallied 17 hits, 11 RBI and was one of three Lancers with a positive BB:K ratio (14:12).
“Erin had a great year this year,” Lancers head coach Scott Redman said. “We faced a very challenging schedule this season, and Erin did a tremendous job against them. She peaked at the right time, as evidenced by her shutout vs. Pomperaug and great performance against Masuk in the postseason. It will be exciting to see her grow next season, and her passion for pitching and dedication to her craft will be fun to see grow into her senior season.”
Lowe slashed .436/.500/.691 at the dish, in addition to scoring 20 runs, tallying 11 RBI with six doubles, three triples, a home run and five stolen bases.
“Zoe had another great season this year,” Redman said. “Her defense in center field is outstanding and took away potential hits against teams all year long. Her consistent hitting all year long anchored our offense. She was the spark plug in numerous games and was incredibly clutch against the best teams. The coaches in the state took notice this year, and it was undeniable her talent was critical in the success of the Lancers this season.”
In Class S, St. Paul pitcher Abby Poirot and shortstop Jessica Persechino were named to the All-State team. Both are seniors.
In boys lacrosse, St. Paul’s Brycen Kennedy was a First-Team All-State member as an attacker and Christian Decker was named to the second team as a midfielder. Connor Bogdanski was named to the second team as a defenseman.
Kennedy, Decker, Bogdanski, John Ivers, Kevin Ashworth, Ryan Prendergast and David Harrold were also each named to the all-conference team in the WCLC.
In boys golf, Michael Dolce and Ryne Salius of St. Paul were each named to the Division IV All-State team.
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