Thursday, April 19, 2018

HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Matt Warren swings his way to GNAC Player of the Week honor

Warren (Albertus Magnus athletics)
Former Wolcott standout and current Albertus Magnus College sophomore Matt Warren put together a monster doubleheader, and he wound up with his league's top honor.
Warren was named Great Northeast Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Week.
The left-handed hitter drove in 11 runs in two games against Rivier University, which wound up as 18-0 and 16-0 wins in favor of the Falcons last Saturday. Warren went 2-for-5 with a triple, five RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base in the 18-0 victory. 
In Game 2, Warren was 3-for-4 with a home run, triple, six RBI and three runs scored. The six RBI are a career-high and the three runs scored are a season-best, which Warren did twice in the doubleheader.
That's two games -- 5-for-9, a home run, two triples, 11 RBI, six runs scored and a stolen base.
Warren also doubled, scored a run and walked in a 14-9 loss to Worcester State on April 11.
For the three-game week, Warren hit .545 with a .538 on-base percentage and 1.273 on-base plus slugging.

Harris (Albertus Magnus athletics)
Tyriq Harris, Albertus Magnus College baseball
Warren wasn't the only local NVL guy who had a big doubleheader against Rivier.
Former Wilby and Waterbury American Legion Post 1 standout Tyriq Harris finished a single short of the cycle in the two-game stretch. He was 6-for-8 with a home run, triple, double, six RBI, six runs scored and a walk.
In the first game, Harris was 2-for-3 with a triple, three runs scored and a walk. During the second game, he was 4-for-5 with a home run, double, three RBI and three runs scored.
In the Worcester State game on April 11, Harris doubled, drove in a run and scored another.
Harris is a junior outfielder for the Falcons.

Nate Carney, Southern Connecticut State University baseball
Carney (SCSU athletics)

The Owl sophomore and former Bristol Eastern standout earned a no-decision in 2-1 loss against LIU Post last Friday, but he found his way onto the Northeast-10 Conference honor roll.
Carney pitched the first seven innings and allowed the Pioneers five hits and one walk. He struck out four, got 10 flyouts and seven groundouts.
Carney has appeared in eight games, including seven starts. He is 3-1 with one save and a 2.25 ERA. Carney has struck out 31 and walked seven in 44 innings. He has given up 21 runs (11 earned) and 53 hits.

Driscoll (USJ athletics)
McKenna Driscoll, University of Saint Joseph softball
The Blue Jay sophomore made the GNAC Weekly Honor Roll after blasting her way to a good week.
USJ went 6-0 during the week, including 4-0 in the conference. All Driscoll did during that time was hit .533 (8-for-15) with six RBI. She had two doubles and a pair of runs scored.
Driscoll's best effort was a 4-for-4 day against Norwich in the second game of a doubleheader on April 12. The Blue Jays won 7-6, and they couldn't have done it without the former Bristol Central backstop. Driscoll had a double, three RBI and a run scored.
In the first game, a 4-1 win, Driscoll went 2-for-2 with a RBI, run scored and a walk.
She has played in 19 games and is hitting .431. Driscoll has a homer, three doubles, 16 RBI, eight walks and nine runs scored.

Emily Bourassa, University of Saint Joseph lacrosse
Bourassa (USJ athletics)
While in Bristol, this Eastern graduate was part of the first teams ever to play as part of the Bristol Co-op between the Lancers and their Ram counterparts at Central.
Bourassa made history with the co-op during that time. Now the goalkeeper is a senior at USJ, and she hit a big career milestone last Saturday at Rivier. When Bourassa made her seventh save of the game, it was the 600th of her career. She started all 49 of her career games in goal for the Blue Jays.

In 10 games this season, Bourassa has 120 saves.

Statistics and information compiled from the team website of each athlete.

Different experiences for young Bristol Eastern, Central softball teams

The Bristol Eastern and Bristol Central softball teams are both young, but they are experiencing different kinds of seasons.
The Lancers are 4-1 after Wednesday's 9-0 win over Berlin at Bristol Eastern High School. Less than 10 minutes away at Casey Field, the Rams were dealt a 17-4 mercy-rule loss by a powerful Middletown offense. Central fell to 2-2 with the loss.
Here's what happened in each game:

Bristol Eastern 9, Berlin 0
Erin Girard, right, and Lauren Aparo, left, helped lead Bristol Eastern
to a 9-0 win over Berlin on Wednesday. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69)

The Lancers used an explosive seven-run fourth inning to turn a 2-0 lead into a 9-0 advantage.
Taylor Keegan doubled with one out to start the rally. Zoe Lowe brought Keegan and herself home with her second inside-the-park home run of the game, which made the score 4-0. Singles by Jordan Fitzsimons and Alyssa Hackling were followed by a bunt from Paige McLaughlin, which scored Fitzsimons. An Erin Girard single loaded the bases, then Lauren Aparo cleared them with a three-run triple to put Eastern ahead 8-0. A grounder from Lyzah Corliss scored Aparo for the final run of the inning.
Girard would have been fine in the circle with the two runs she got before the fourth inning. She fired a three-hitter with nine strikeouts in another solid performance.
Girard, only a sophomore, has been in the circle since she got to Eastern. Fitzsimons is a senior and a key player at the plate and in the field at shortstop. McLaughlin is a junior with plenty of experience.
Here's how the rest of the lineup plays out: 
Keegan, Hackling, Aparo and Corliss are sophomores. Lowe and Riley Gilblin, who doubled and scored, are freshmen.
There are key players, but there must also be a supporting cast. Eastern has a good one, and it's off to a good start because of the whole group.

Middletown 17, Bristol Central 4
Bristol Central's Jenna Ptak led off the bottom of the first inning
with an inside-the-park home run against Middletown on Wednesday.
(Copyright, Sports on CT-69)

The Rams fell behind by a run after the first half inning, but they got a loud response from junior Jenna Ptak.
Ptak launched a ball into the left centerfield gap and didn't stop running until she hit the plate and tied the game with an inside-the-park home run. Ptak was a strong hitter as a sophomore and made the All-Blue Division team in the CCC's South Region. Junior Kayla Beaulieu was also All-Blue Division last season.
Central was able to respond to Middletown's first punch, but the Blue Dragons hit back with way too much offense for the home team to overcome. Middletown pounded out three home runs, two triples and one player had two doubles by herself.
Central has its own sophomore pitcher in Peyton Greger, but she is gaining experience on the go, and that isn't always easy. Greger was a backup to senior Ali Holden last season, and this is her first season being the main arm. Greger has seen success this season, like her varsity win, a 11-2 triumph over Plainville last Saturday where she struck out 10.
The only seniors on the team are Sierra Reed and Xia'ian Carrasco.
It was a tough day for Central, but there will be better days ahead. The Rams are hard-working, and they have the will to succeed.

Bristol Eastern: Click here to see photos from the game.
Bristol Central: Click here to see photos from the game.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wolcott softball hands Watertown first loss on cold, gray afternoon

Wolcott pitcher Nicole Antonowicz fired a complete game, two-hit shutout
in a 5-0 win over Watertown on Tuesday. Third baseman Josie Cammarata,
seen behind Antonowicz, had a big day with three RBI. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69)
It was an afternoon like many others this spring on Tuesday at Wakelee School.
It was cold, and it was gray. 
There were even rain drops and snow flurries in the sky for the majority of the Wolcott varsity softball game against Watertown. Hoodies, gloves, jackets and blankets were the order of the day for players, coaches, parents and other fans.
Against that backdrop, Wolcott played undefeated Watertown. The Eagles played a great game and won 5-0, handing the Indians their first loss. Both teams are 5-1.
Many had a hand in Wolcott's win, led by the pitching of Nicole Antonowicz. The right-hander fired a complete game two-hitter, struck out eight and walked only one.
Wolcott shortstop Marissa Morales made a great diving catch in the infield
during Tuesday's game. She also doubled and scored two runs. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69)
On offense, the Eagles got major contributions from Sarah Hughes, Josie Cammarata and Marissa Morales. Hughes doubled in the bottom of the second inning to drive in Alexis Boyce with Wolcott's first run.
The Eagles put up two more runs in the third. Morales reached on an error, and Jayda Cavanaugh scored on the play. Cammarata followed with a hard single up the middle to bring home Morales and make it 3-0.
In the fifth, Morales and Cammarata put an explanation point on the victory. Morales doubled to lead off the inning, then the right-hand hitting Cammarata launched a long home run to right center with one out to make the score 5-0.
Wolcott plays at Ansonia today at 3 p.m., then heads to Torrington on Friday for a 4 p.m. contest.

GALLERY: Click here to view my photos from the game.