PAWTUCKET -- A bright new era has begun for Tolman Highâ€™s fast-pitch softball program. The Tigers, who finished 3-13 in Division I last year, have advanced to contender status this season, thanks to an infusion of freshman players who honed their skills in the Darlington Girls League and on travel teams.
â€śWe have a group of freshmen who play at a high competitive level,â€ť Tolman coach Craig Giarrusso said on Friday after his Tigers improved to 3-1 with a 10-0 victory over Woonsocket. â€śOf the 14 players on our roster, 11 play travel ball. Thatâ€™s a big help to me because these girls come in with some great skills and we just have to fit them into our system.â€ť
Six Tolman players are freshmen, and five of them were in the starting lineup on Friday.
The revitalized Tigers made their presence known around the state on Wednesday with a 6-2 victory over two-time state champion Lincoln, ending the Lionsâ€™ 44-game winning streak.
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