The Arlington softball team looked to continue their strong season as they took on the Shorewood Thunderbirds on April 2.
The Eagles got off to a quick start as they shutdown the Thunderbirds in the top of the first inning and scored two runs in the bottom of the same inning. Shorewood battled back as they scored their first run in the top of the second and kept Arlington at two runs, entering the third inning down 2-1. Over the next three innings Arlington began to separate themselves and secured a huge lead as they added on one run in the third, two runs in the fourth and five runs in the fifth.
Entering the sixth inning down 10-1, the Thunderbirds knew that they needed to create some offense as they managed to narrow the gap with two more runs. However, Arlington scored one more run in the bottom of the sixth and closed out the seventh in order to walk away with the 11-3 victory.
“Our defense played a great game. We had a lot of outstanding plays and played smart to keep them to only three runs. The girls are ready to go this year and they are coming out with a fire that we haven’t seen in a long time here in the program. They are working so hard and all the credit goes to them,” said Arlington Assistant Coach Hayden Fields.
Arlington’s freshman starters Elizabeth Durfee, Lexi Eck and Kailyn Thai showed up in a big way against the Thunderbirds. Durfee, pitcher, played all seven innings while tallying four strikeouts and only allowing three runs. Eck, left-fielder, had a game-high four hits as she went 4-5 at the plate with one run, one RBI, two stolen bases and four singles. Thai, right-fielder, went perfect at the plate going 3-3 with one walk, two runs, one RBI, two stolen bases and three singles.
The Eagles were also helped by big games from Tia Langley, Brooklyn Lamie and Megan Lawrence. Langley, junior shortstop, had two hits as she went 2-3 with one walk, one run, one RBI and two doubles. Lamie, junior first baseman, finished going 2-4 with one run, one RBI, one single and one double. Lawrence, sophomore second baseman, came in halfway through the game as she went a perfect 2-2 with two runs, two RBIs, one stolen base and two singles.
If you want to come out and support the Eagles their next home game will be against the Snohomish Panthers on Tuesday, April 16, at 4 p.m.