BRISTOL - The cross-city rivalry got off to an early start this spring, as the Bristol Eastern and Bristol Central girls tennis teams met on the courts on Monday afternoon. The host Lancers swept the three doubles matches on their way to a 5-2 victory of the rival Rams.
Kasey Simpson and Gabi Reymont were victorious in the top doubles match, Kelly Simpson and Sophie Johnsky were the same at No. 2 doubles and Alivia Castle and Allison Graham earned a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3.
On the singles side, Bristol Eastern’s top player, Hannah Langlais, picked up a three-set win over Bristol Central’s Emily McAllister after dropping the first set. At No. 2 singles, the Lancers’ Federica Castaldi and the Rams’ Abby Goralski split the first two sets but it was Castaldi that claimed the third by a score of 6-2.
Abby Gorneault and Alex Goralski were the only two Rams to earn wins on Monday, competing at No. 3 and 4 singles, respectively.
This was the first meeting between the two rivals. The next matchup - May 19 - will count toward the conference standings, while Monday’s will not.
Bristol Eastern 16, Wethersfield 1: The Lancers got off to a hot start to the season, posting 16 runs on 21 hits against the Eagles. Bristol Eastern scored a run in each inning with the exception of the fourth, while shutting out Wethersfield in the final five innings.
Erin Girard picked up the win in the circle, pitching six innings with 10 strikeouts, no walks and one earned run.
On offense, only one Bristol Eastern starter did not record a hit. Lauren Aparo went 5-for-5 at the plate with a double, three runs scored and three RBI. Mikayla Martin recorded a run and a RBI on a 4-of-5 day at the plate. Taylor Keegan and Makenzie Jankowski both finished the game 3-for-4.
Thomaston 9, Terryville 4: The Golden Bears scored at least one run in each inning they batted in on their way to the win.
Thomaston built up a 4-0 lead before the Kangaroos got on the board in the third inning.
Alycia Calabrese led the way on offense for Terryville with three hits, two RBI and a run scored. Amy Ieronimo had a pair of hits and two runs scored on three at-bats.
Wethersfield 9, Bristol Eastern 4: The Lancers fell behind early and could not claw their way back into the game before losing to the Eagles.
Wethersfield jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first inning, getting to Bristol Eastern pitcher Ethan O’Day early. The Eagles took advantage of two walks, a hit batter, two Bristol Eastern errors and two singles in the inning.
The Lancers scored three runs over the tops of the second and third innings to cut the deficit to one but Wethersfield scored twice in the third, twice in the fourth and once in the fifth to open a six-run gap that Bristol Eastern could not close enough.
Despite only scoring four runs, the Lancers had 11 hits in the game, with three coming from Zac Marquis. Josh Nohilly and MacGregor Goulet each had a pair of hits.
Bristol 9, Holy Cross 7: The co-op jumped out to a commanding 6-1 lead against the Crusaders but Holy Cross was patient and slowly whittled it down and eventually took a 7-6 lead.
But Bristol was able to retake the lead and hold on for the win.
According to Bristol coach Kyle Phelan, the key to the victory was the midfield. Each of the midfielders contributed in some way, whether it was on the scoreboard or not.
On defense, Leah Policarpio - playing in her first lacrosse game - shut down Holy Cross’ top offensive threat.
On offense, Maddie Bourassa added two goals, while Jade Longo, Mikaela Norton and Gabby Abramczyk each contributed one.
“Total team effort is all I can say about this win,” Phelan said. “I could easily say something about every single person that played tonight and how they contributed to this win.”