Seven innings weren’t enough to decide the Rainier softball team’s matchup with North Thurston Wednesday afternoon at home, with the Mountaineers riding out a 14-13 10-inning win over the Rams at home.
The Mountaineers needed every bit of their runs in the later innings, capped by Brooklynn Swenson’s walk-off triple in the bottom of the 10th to help Rainier take home a win Wednesday afternoon.
“I’m proud of these ladies for keeping their heads up for all 10 innings,” Rainier coach Katie Qualls said. “They really battled.”
Swenson went 5 for 6 in the game at the plate, with a pair of triples and three RBIs. Keira Anderson added a 3 for 6 line with three runs scored, four RBIs, and a home run. Olivia Earsley, Madison Mounts and Alyssa Lofgren also added multiple-hit games for the Mountaineers.
In the circle, Ryleigh Cruse nearly pitched a complete game, throwing 162 pitches with just six runs earned on 12 hits and six walks with seven strikeouts.
Rainier will get some time to rest before its next non-league matchup against Mossyrock on the road Tuesday afternoon.