After not playing a game since the previous Friday, the Cruisers shook off the rust and ended their two-game losing streak by quickly scoring 12 points on the visiting Mt. Tahoma Thunderbirds and beating them 12 -2 in a five-inning shortened mercy rule match Friday.
The Cruisers posted two runs in the first inning when Brandon Storm scored on a passed fly ball, and Payton Hanly hit a sacrifice fly to score Dally Curtis to take a 2-0 lead.
Eatonville had six more runs in the second set, three in the third and one more in the fifth to secure the 12-2 win.
Hanly picked up the win for the Cruisers after starting the game and going three hitless innings. Hanly retired the team in the second and third innings to record a total of seven strikeouts on the day with only one walk.
Storm went 2-4 at home plate and scored three runs for Eatonville. Jakob Lucht and Ashton Meyer both went 1-4 at the plate and each drove in two RBIs. Hanly went hitless in the game, but had three runs thanks to a sacrifice and a defensive choice.
The Cruisers are now 7-6 overall and 3-3 in the league. With a three-game series this week against the Montesano Bulldogs, they’re looking to stay in contention to qualify for the district playoffs.
The Cruisers host the Montesano Bulldogs at 4 p.m. on Friday.