Photo courtesy Sarah Rath: Hailey Rath holds all seven of her home run balls after a solid week at the plate for the Lady Cruisers. The Western Washington University commit now has 10 home runs in seven games for Eatonville.
Photo courtesy Sarah Rath: Hailey Rath holds all seven of her home run balls after a solid week at the plate for the Lady Cruisers. The Western Washington University commit now has 10 home runs in seven games for Eatonville.

Eatonville's Hailey Rath flexed her muscles last week at the plate for the Cruiser fastpitch team. Rath  hit a total of seven home runs as the Cruisers went 3-0 to improve their record to 6-1 for the season.

The Cruisers started the week by halting the Washington Patriots 14-4.

Rath led the Cruisers with three hits in the game with a home run and a double.

Cailin Quinney also hit one out of the park for Eatonville.

The Clover Park Warriors were the Cruisers' next victim as they took them down easily by a score of 35-0 in a Cruiser home run derby.

The Cruisers hit six home runs on the day with Rath hitting three of them. Berkeley Porter, Dakota Smith and Sara Smith all had balls leave the park, as well.

Rath drove in 12 Cruiser runs on the day to go with her three homers.

The home run derby continued at Foss High School as Eatonville took on the Falcons.

Rath won the derby again as the Cruisers improved their record to 6-1 after a 36-0 drubbing of the Falcons.

Rath went 4-6 at the plate with a double and three more home runs to increase her season total to 10 home runs. She drove in nine Cruiser runs in the mercy rule-shortened five-inning game.

Porter’s bat stayed on fire as she picked up six more hits to increase her batting average to .788.

Also participating with Rath in the Cruiser home run derby were Brooke Blocker, Mary Chabot,  Quinney and Dakota Smith.

Rath would finished her week by going 12-14 at the plate with seven home runs, three doubles, 15 runs scored and 23 RBIs.

Head coach Jen Smith said she loves what she is seeing out of Rath this season.

“Rath is a beast when it comes to playing ball,” Smith said. “Her work ethic is a coach’s dream. Our schedule this year has put three games per week, and getting a home-run a game is an extreme rarity, but Rath likes to beat the odds. I have never witnessed a player hitting three home runs in a game twice in a week. Witnessing this, I felt like an excited spectator watching the best game ever.”

Porter stayed hot by going 12-15 at the plate for the week, driving in 13 runs and hitting two doubles, two triples and a home run.

“Porter has really come into her own this year,” Smith said. “She has made small adjustments at the beginning of the season, which included her pitch selection and hand path to the ball. It has really paid off.”

Up Next: The Lady Cruisers will have a couple of home games this week. They will host the Steilacoom Sentinels on Wednesday and finish the week hosting the White River Hornets on Friday.