Smith's home run ignites Lady Cruisers

Eatonville's Sara Smith poses with her home run ball following the Cruisers

Eatonville's Sara Smith poses with her home run ball following the Cruisers
Courtesy Jen Smith

The Eatonville Lady Cruisers fastpitch team experienced a whirlwind week on the diamond.

The week kicked off with a doubleheader showdown against the Morton-White Pass Timberwolves on March 19. The Lady Cruisers secured victory in both games, each ending in a mercy-rule shortened three innings.

In game 1, Eatonville delivered a resounding 23-1 win over the Timberwolves. Sara Smith emerged as a standout performer, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, home run, and an impressive seven runs batted in. Smith's contributions extended beyond offense, as she also dazzled from the mound, pitching a one-hitter and striking out four batters. Morgan Laird and Grace Field also made notable offensive contributions, with Laird going 2-for-4 with two RBI, and Field notching a double and an RBI in her 1-for-2 performance. Ava Twedt showcased her versatility, going 1-for-2 with three RBI and drawing two walks.

Game 2 mirrored the dominance of the first, with Eatonville clinching a decisive 16-0 victory over Morton-White Pass. Twedt continued her offensive onslaught, going 2-for-3 with six RBI, while Smith maintained her stellar performance with a double and two RBI in her 1-for-3 outing. Field added to the offensive barrage with a triple and two RBI in her 1-for-3 performance. Pitchers Sara Smith and Zoe Burns combined forces to throw a perfect game, keeping the Timberwolves at bay with no hits, no walks, and two strikeouts.

However, Thursday's matchup against the River Ridge Hawks proved to be a tougher challenge for the Lady Cruisers, as the Hawks would snap the Eatonville’s three-game win streak, handing the Cruisers an 8-4 loss. Despite a valiant effort at the plate, including a 3-for-4 performance by Smith, and notable contributions from Field and Twedt, the team couldn't overcome the Hawks' offensive prowess.

With a record of 3-3, the Lady Cruisers now set their sights on 1A Evergreen League play. Their upcoming schedule includes a home matchup against the Tenino Beavers on March 25, followed by an away game against the Beavers on March 28. The week concludes with a non-league showdown against the Rainier Mountaineers back on their home turf, scheduled for 4 p.m. 


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