Tough end to great season for Rams

The fifth-seeded Bristol Central softball team struck first for a run in the top of the third inning of its Class LL state championship game against second-seeded Southington on Friday night.

It was the only lead the Rams held at Frank DeLuca Hall of Fame Field as the Lady Knights stormed to a 13-1 victory in six innings. Southington (27-1) now has 20 state championships, the most of any high school softball program in the country. That’s pretty impressive.

The Central season (26-5) didn’t end the way it wanted to, but it was still a terrific campaign. The 26 wins are the most in a single season in program history. The Rams recorded their first 20-win season since 2013, when they went 21-3 and reached the Class LL semifinals. Central tied with Berlin for the top record in the CCC South Region (6-1). The No. 5 seed the Rams had in the state tournament was their best since 2014, when they were the No. 4 in Class LL. They also reached the state final for the first time since going in back-to-back years (2004 and 2005).

Central loses four seniors to graduation but returns both of its pitchers, Sophia Torreso and Alex Sciarretto, who will be seniors in 2023. Things continue to look good for the Ram softball program.

PHOTO CAPTION: Bristol Central softball recorded the most wins in program history in 2022, and the future is bright. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69)