Mountaineers Sweep Cardinals


The Rainier softball team throttled Winlock on its home diamond twice Monday, winning 19-0 and 22-2, both by run-rule. 

In a lopsided afternoon of softball where the Mountaineers outmatched the Cardinals 41 runs to two, things were over fast with the games lasting eight innings total. 

In Game 1, the Mountaineers combined for 19 hits through five innings with all but one member of the lineup finding the ball to the bat. 

Ryleigh Cruse tossed from the circle for Rainier, throwing four innings while only allowing three Winlock hits and zero runs, as well as striking out five.

The non-league Game 2 was even more prosperous for the Mountaineers. This time around the team combined for 17 hits, with Olivia Earsley, Madison Mounts, and Brooklynn Swenson all finding grass for a base hit three times. 

Winlock’s two scores of the game came on an error from an overthrow at first. The Cards found the ball for three hits, however it wasn’t near enough to match the Rainier attack. 

The Mountaineers head to Toutle Lake Thursday for a doubleheader while the Cardinals are at home Wednesday against Elma.