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SOFTBALL: End of the line for Bristol seniors

ALLENTOWN — For the three starting seniors on the Bristol softball team, Monday’s PIAA Class 2A semifinal loss to Minersville wasn’t just the end of a season. It was the end of their careers as Bristol Warriors.

Bristol fell 15-0 in four innings at Parkland and Tianna Brewington, Tiana Nelson and Bryanna Vearling each played in their last game.

“I’ve played with some of these girls since I was eight years old,” said Vearling, the center fielder. “Tiana and Tianna, we’ve been together since we were eight. We’ve been through multiple teams together. It’s just hard to see it end. I have so many great memories.”

Vearling moved to center field this year after spending two years on the mound.

“A lot of the memories come from my sophomore and junior year when I was pitching to my best friend (Brewington, the catcher). There are so many memories with my coaches and teammates and, of course, with girls who graduated ahead of me.

“To look back on it and say we were one of four teams out of the 109 (2A) teams in the state says a lot.”

She will attend Kutztown in the fall.

“I haven’t decided if I’m going to play or not,” she said. “That’s something I’m going to think about later.”

Brewington’s career will continue.

“I’m going to play college softball at Mercer (County Community College) for a year but it won’t be like this,” she said. “I still play travel ball too but there’s nothing that compares to these girls.

“Softball is such a big part of Bristol and I played with most of these girls for so long. Softball is definitely a community thing and it brings our town together.

“We played Minersville my freshman year and the result was about like this. I graduate (Tuesday) so I have to move on with life, but I just didn’t want this to end. At this point only one team is left at the end and I really wanted that team to be us.

“These four years have been the best years of my life.”

Nelson was the first Bristol batter to reach base, beating out a bunt in the bottom of the third. It was one of just two Bristol hits for the day, the other a fourth-inning single by freshman Kacie Pinelli.

“It’s something I’ll remember no matter what,” said Nelson, the left fielder. “I never thought we’d make it this far and yet we did. I’m happy because of that. I wish our game could have gone better but they were the better team. We couldn’t have done anything else.

“Bristol softball has been such a big part of my life. I don’t even remember when I started playing. It’s been a good ride. We’ve played rec and school ball so we’re more than just teammates. We’re family.

“It was my goal growing up to play on this team. It was everything I thought it would be and more.”

She plans to attend Bloomsburg and study nursing.

“I’m not going to play in college so this really is the end,” she said. “I’ve played my last game and I can’t believe it’s over.”

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