Rainier Girls Remain Undefeated After Wins Against Cascade Christian, Tenino

By Nisqually Valley News staff
Posted 3/29/22

Picking up its fourth straight win to start the year, the Rainier softball team held off Cascade Christian, 5-4, on Friday, March 25 to stay unbeaten.

The Mountaineers got another dominant …

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Rainier Girls Remain Undefeated After Wins Against Cascade Christian, Tenino

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Picking up its fourth straight win to start the year, the Rainier softball team held off Cascade Christian, 5-4, on Friday, March 25 to stay unbeaten.

The Mountaineers got another dominant performance in the pitchers’ circle from Bailey Elwell, with the righty fanning 12 batters and also dominating at the plate, with two runs on a 2 for 5 night.

Olivia Earsley (2 for 3), Keira Anderson (2 runs), and Dakota Anderson (1-1, run, walk) also starred at the plate for the Mountaineers.

“We were able to overcome some challenges in this game, that’s for sure,” Mountaineers coach Kyle Greenwood said. “Cascade’s pitching really gave us problems which left us searching for the right timing to get more runners on the bases. These are the moments though that make us search within ourselves and find out what we are made of.”

Earlier in the week on Thursday, March 24, Rainier secured a 2-0 victory over Tenino on the road.

There weren’t many runs or baserunners as two of the area’s best pitchers met in the Stone City, but there were more than enough strikeouts to pass around.

Pitchers Elwell and Emily Baxter combined for 27 punchouts, and no earned runs over seven innings pitched. Baxter finished with 17 strikeouts, but came out on the wrong side of the win/loss column after two errors in the sixth inning allowed the Mountaineers to score two runs and walk away winners.

“It was an excellent and extremely competitive game between the two of us,” Greenwood said. “Their pitcher was absolutely outstanding and made it really tough for us. However, once we start getting more aggressive at the plate we put them under some pressure, that forward thinking really paid off.”



Baxter had a flawless game brewing for Tenino, with 15 punchouts through 5.2 innings, but after Rainier’s first hit and a walk put runners on first and second, back-to-back errors scored both those runners to give the Mountaineers the first scores of the game, and Elwell slammed the door after early trouble.

In the fourth inning, the Beavers, who managed five hits but just couldn’t get any runs across, loaded the bases with just one out. But a fielder’s choice out at home plate kept Tenino off the board, and a flyout ended the threat.

“We had a ton of baserunners. We just couldn’t put the steps together,” Beavers coach Chris Johnson said.

That was the closest Tenino got to a run. The Beavers haven’t scored a run since a 16-5 demolition of Toledo in their season opener, and have fallen to 1-4.

“This group of girls took that adversity face on, kept their composure and made the big plays when it counted,” Greenwood said of Rainier. “The energy and excitement they got from the success of getting out of that bottom of the fourth translated into us sealing the victory. We definitely got tested today but this group’s character really shined through.”

Elwell finished with 10 strikeouts and no earned runs. She also had a double in the winning effort.

Rainier will look to keep it rolling against Stevenson on Friday, April 1 at home.

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