Softball: Field's grand slam leads Cruisers to 24 runs

Eatonville’s Grace Field poses with her home run ball after crushing a grand slam against Foster.

Eatonville’s Grace Field poses with her home run ball after crushing a grand slam against Foster.
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The Eatonville Lady Cruiser softball team experienced a whirlwind week.

Kicking off their week on March 11, the Cruisers showed their power right out of the gate, thrashing the Foster Bulldogs 24-5.

The game featured a standout performances from Grace Field, who delivered a flawless 4-4 record including a grand slam and six RBIs. Not to be outdone, Kyleigh Backlund had a triple, two walks, and four RBIs. Kaitlyn Kenney joined the offensive barrage with a triple and a walk, driving in four runs as well. The Cruisers showcased their eye at the plate, amassing 21 walks. Sara Smith, Morgan Laird, and Zoe Burns shared pitching duties, combining to only allow one hit and striking out eight, solidifying a long-awaited victory that snapped a daunting 15-game losing streak dating back to the previous season.


However, Wednesday's showdown against the Curtis Vikings proved to be a challenge, resulting in a 13-10 defeat for the Cruisers. Despite the loss, Sara Smith had a great evening at the plate, going 3-4 with a double and one RBI, while Ava Twedt contributed with a 2-2 performance, securing two RBIs for her team.


Undeterred by Wednesday's setback, the Cruisers faced off against the North Mason Bulldogs on Thursday, only to fall 12-2. Smith and Field led the offensive charge, with Smith going 2-3 and Field contributing a hit alongside one RBI.


However, the Lady Cruisers refused to let adversity define their week, closing it out on a resounding high note with a dominant 11-0 victory against the Steilacoom Sentinels on Friday. Field once again showcased her presence on the field, going 2-4 with three RBIs, while Backlund and Lila Downey each secured two hits and driving in crucial runs. Smith's stellar pitching performance was the cornerstone of the victory, as she held the Sentinels to a mere one hit across five innings while striking out an impressive 10 batters.


Looking ahead, the Eatonville Lady Cruisers brace themselves for another action-packed week, with a doubleheader against Morton-White Pass scheduled for Tuesday followed by a home game against the River Ridge Hawks on Thursday.


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