SOUTH WINDSOR>> The South Windsor softball team has been struggling to hit with runners on base, but it got a little better in the third inning on Tuesday.
The Bobcats sent eight batters to the plate and scored all three of their runs in a 3-1 win over Bristol Central at South Windsor High School.
“I thought our bats had a little bit of a slow start, so I was happy to see us finally break out, because early on we left a lot of scoring opportunities on the bases,” South Windsor coach Mandy Roczniak said.
After leaving five runners stranded through the first three innings, including two on third base, the bottom of the South Windsor order got the rally started and the top drove them in.
Pitcher Peyton Silverman led off the inning with a walk and was then pinch run for by Natalie Iacocca. Madison Donahue followed with her second double of the game to set up a first and third situation with no outs.
Iacocca came home on the next play when Haley Birch grounded to the pitcher, was looked back, but scored on the throw to first.
After a strikeout, leadoff hitter Alex Goslin singled in Donahue to take the lead. Lina Nguyen followed with a double over the center fielder’s head scoring Goslin from first.
“That’s one of the things that’s good about us, we definitely have some really good hitters. We’re pretty balanced from the standpoint of every player on this team has the ability to do what they did today,” Roczniak said.
Goslin, Nguyen and Donahue each had three hits on the day.
“They took advantage, they capitalized on a couple missed spots and they had two good pieces of hitting,” Bristol Central coach Monica Hayes said. “We’re trying to get a timely hit ourselves and we haven’t been able to do that so far this season, but they did.”
The Rams held the lead for a half inning when Sam Laviero was hit by a pitch and Alexa Caron singled her in.
The top of the fourth was the only inning Silverman faced more than four Central batters. The junior pitcher threw a complete game allowing the one run on four hits, two walks and eight strikeouts. She also hit the one batter.
“I don’t want to say she’s rusty, but we hadn’t played since Friday,” Roczniak said. “She’s been working on a few things and she’s always very dominant. Today again she dominated, but there are a couple things she was a little frustrated with — hit a batter, walked a batter.”
But it’s still early in the season and Roczniak is pleased with her team, she would just like to score a few more runs.
“Every once in a while it would be nice to give her [Silverman] some cushion so she can relax a little bit, but she’s a huge asset to have for sure,” she said.
Hayes has the same concern with her Bristol Central team.
“I’m more worried about us scoring runs than what happened defensively,” she said. “We gave up three runs in a high school softball game. We should be able to score more than one, that’s for sure.”
Bristol Central: 001 000 0 – 1 4 0
South Windsor: 003 000 x – 3 10 0
(at South Windsor HS)
WP: Peyton Silverman; LP: Alison Holden
2B: (BC) – McKenna Driscoll; (SW) – Lina Nguyen, Madison Donahue (2).
RBI: (BC) – Alexa Caron; (SW) – Alex Goslin, Nguyen, Haley Birch.
SB: (BC) – Alison Holden; (SW) – Goslin, Donahue.
LOB: (BC) – 5; (SW) – 10.
Records: Bristol Central 2-2; South Windsor 4-1.