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Eagle teams taste sweet victory

Elma senior Sydney Smythe takes a big bite out of a cupcake after hitting a home run to help the Eagles sweep Forks on May 1.Buy Photo
Elma senior Sydney Smythe takes a big bite out of a cupcake after hitting a home run to help the Eagles sweep Forks on May 1.
Elma's Izzy Cristelli hit a two-run home run to help the Eagles sweep Forks on May 1.Buy Photo
Elma's Izzy Cristelli hit a two-run home run to help the Eagles sweep Forks on May 1.

The sweet taste of victory was just a little bit sweeter for the Elma softball and baseball teams on May 1 when both teams swept Forks.

After the beating the Spartans, 11-1 and 16-1, each member of the Eagle softball team was congratulated with a cupcake to celebrate senior night. For the baseball team, 13-3 and 11-1 wins were celebrated with a cookie from one of the players family members.

Last week the Elma softball team scored 69 runs in five games, with all five of those games shortened by the mercy rule.

“We’re coming together like we had planned and five wins this week going into Monte next week is what we had planned,” coach Janene Todd said.

Home runs from Izzy Cristelli and Sydney Smythe counted for four of the runs in the first game against Forks. In the second contest, seven Eagles had two or more hits.

The biggest positive from the two games was the performance of pitcher Ashley Cooper who recorded the win in both games striking out six batters and only walking two in nine total innings of work.

“We are finally dialing in both of our pitchers,” Todd said. “Cooper had an awesome day today. I couldn’t have asked more of her. To go to districts and state we need to have two pitchers so it was time for that to happen.”

The baseball team added five wins last week sweeping Rainier to start the week and adding a 5-4 win over Hoquiam before the sweep of Forks to cap off a full week of competition.

“We had a great week,” coach Scott Rowland said. “We had five games in a week and we won all five.”

Austin Neary helped spark the Eagles on offense in the first game with three hits including a home run to go along with a solo shot from Ricky Escalante. Nick Camenzind caught fire in the second game with four hits to go along with a winning performance on the mound.

“It is turning out to be a real team effort and good things happen when you play that way,” Rowland said.