Bristol Central softball has been scoring a ton of runs this season, and the trend continued against rival Bristol Eastern on Thursday at Bristol Eastern High School.
The Rams tallied 24, repeat 24, of them in a 24-2 five-inning rout of the Lancers. There was a 15-run third inning in the mix.
According to head coach Monica Hayes, Central doesn't kill its opponent with long balls galore.
"We have focused on having quality at bats instead of necessarily "getting a hit,"" Hayes said. "They are starting to understand "productive outs" and what a good at bat is."
Hayes isn't at all surprised by the production.
"Honestly, they are a veteran group that knows how to be effective. It's not like we have a bunch of home runs. We make solid contact."
Three seniors led the way Thursday. Allie Martel had a home run and five RBI, Sam Laviero was 3-for-5 and McKenna Driscoll was 4-for-4. The Rams also have seniors Alexa Caron, Brittany Stancavage, Lindsay Holden and Bethany Reek to turn to, according to the CIAC roster.
Junior pitcher Ali Holden wasn't as strong in the circle as she has been, but was still able to hold Eastern to two runs. Hayes said Holden has been hitting spots all season.
What's next for Central? Maybe a division title.
"We potentially could be conference champions if we continue to play the way we are playing," Hayes said.