The Bristol batters had been two-hit by BAL archrival Christopher Dock the day before in a 1-0 loss. In the same game, Warriors pitcher Mary Wallick was tagged for four hits by the bottom of the Pioneers' order, helping the opposition to the game's only run in the home seventh and a walkoff win.
Both portions of the Bristol softball team didn't forget what happened April 1 in the Warriors' first and only loss of the season thus far. The following day facing BAL rival MaST Charter back on their home turf, the Bristol bats uncorked for 14 runs against the Panthers and Wallick threw a two-hitter, helping the Warriors to an overwhelming 14-0 triumph April 2 in a game shortened to 4-and-1/2 innings by the mercy rule.
What's more, it was Wallick who got the bats going, unleashing a 7-run Warriors' outburst in the opening frame with a 2-run shot over the left-centerfield fence that just so happened to be the 100th hit of her career.
"That really put a smile on everyone's faces,' said Bristol catcher Rose Scalzo. "We all thought she was going to get it yesterday but it didn't come. She didn't know about it yesterday but we told her. So she came out today and really showed us what she had.'
The Warriors used the loss to Dock as motivation to take out their offensive frustrations on MaST. While everybody hit in this one, Bristol was led by seniors Mariel Deluca, Wallick and Scalzo. All three 12th-graders went 2-for-3 with one of Scalzo's hits a 2-run double in the third that pushed the score to 13-0 and Deluca leading the team with three RBI.
"They were frustrated with what was going on yesterday in that they did not get very good at-bats,' explained Warriors head coach Mike Lalli.
"When you only get two hits in two separate innings, you're not going to score many runs.'
"They came in today with fire in their eyes; they were determined to get their swings back and they did that.'
After the homer by Wallick, designated hitter Jade Stevens kept the rally going with a double. An error by the Panthers and an RBI single by Olivia D'Emidio (1-for-2) put Bristol on top, 4-0. Deluca put the Warriors up 6-0 with a 2-run single to left field.
Freshman Tianna Brewington, in her debut as the Warriors' leadoff hitter, made it 7-0 with her second single of the inning. For the game, Brewington was 3-for-4 with an RBI.
"She really came ready to play and she's showing us a lot as a freshman,' said Scalzo. "She gets her bat on the ball.'
"She's a contact hitter and she also has a very good eye,' added Lalli. "We need somebody up top to get on base so that when Mary comes up, she can knock them around.'
After the previous day's shutout, Scalzo said it was good to get off to such a good start in this game. Against Dock, Wallick had a no-hitter going through six innings before the Pioneer hitters started finding holes in the infield.
"We like to give our pitchers that comfort and Mary really shouldn't be working too hard,' said Scalzo. "She's throwing heat and she's doing enough work so it's good to back her up.'
In the win over MaST, Bristol got right back to work in the second inning with Wallick and Scalzo getting to base on singles. While the big hit in the frame was a 2-run double by right fielder Marlee Sutterly, the Warriors also received an RBI triple from freshman left fielder Bryanna Vearling and another RBI single from Deluca that put Bristol on top, 11-0.
The day before, it was the bottom of Dock's lineup that strung together the winning hits. On this day however, the Panthers' 7-, 8- and 9-hole hitters, struck out four times, walked once and hit into a fielders' choice.
"Mary's a fast learner. She has a good memory about what she does every game and what she needs to improve on and she improves on it,' said Lalli.
"She really hits her spots and she's pretty accurate. She has problems with some pitches here and there but she has discipline and she gets right back on the plate.
"Mary knows what she needs to do and she gets the job done.'
Consider this one BAL job No. 1 done with the Warriors pushing their record to 2-1, overall, 1-1 in the league while MaST fell to 2-1 overall (0-1:BAL).
Lalli scrambled the lineup with sophomore Desiree Franchitti and Brewington playing middle infield and Vearling playing left field in place of sophomore Maya Alicea. In total, Mike had three freshman and a sophomore in the lineup including Stevens, the cleanup hitter who played first base vs Dock. Against the Panthers, she went 2-for-3 with a walk. Add Brewington's three hits to Vearling's triple and two RBI and you have a productive day put forth by the Class of 2017.
"We're happy with the nucleus we have coming up,' said Lalli. "It continues to build on what we do here.'
Bristol entered the spring campaign three-time District 1 Class A champions. The Warriors have won six out of the last seven D-1 trophies and in total, the program has captured district gold on 18 occasions.
Bristol 14, MaST Charter 0
(April 2 at Bristol)
MAST 000 00— 0 2 2
BRISTOL 743 0x—14 14 0
WP: M. Wallick 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 K.
LP—A. Wilderman 7 IP, 14 R, 14 H, 5 BB, 2 K.
RBI: Deluca 3, Wallick 2, Scalzo 2, Vearling 2, Sutterley 2, D'Emidio, Brewington.
MULTIPLE HITS: Brewington 3-for-4, Wallick 2-for-3, Stevens 2-for-3, Scalzo 2-for-3, Deluca 2-for-3.
EXTRA BASE HITS: Wallick HR, Scalzo 2B, Sutterley 2B, Vearling 3B.