Softball: Senior Janelle Cromie belts a pair of home runs to help Tualatin score a 7-4 win

TUALATIN - The Tualatin High School softball team found a way to beat the defending state champion.

You just power your way to victory.

The Timberwolves, with senior Janelle Cromie belting a pair of home runs, scored a 7-4 victory over Forest Grove, the defending Class 6A state champ, in a Pacific Conference game played Friday at Tualatin High School.

With the win, Tualatin improved to 4-2 in Pacific Conference play (7-8 overall), putting the Wolves alone in second place in the league standings. Forest Grove fell to 3-3 in league games with the setback.

Cromie, with her two home runs, became the first Tualatin player to hit two over-the-fence home runs. It's also estimated that her second homer of the game is the longest ever hit at the Tualatin varsity field, which is in its 10th year of existence.

Cromie, who hit a three-run homer and a solo shot, drove in Tualatin's first five runs of the game.

Senior Jordan Skinner also had a pair of base hits and she made a pair of key defensive plays. Senior Gina Rawls and junior Camille Kennedy each added a hit for the Wolves.

Cromie and sophomore Ally McPherson each scored a pair of runs in the win. Skinner, sophomore Meghan Cichoke and Kennedy each touched the plate once. Senior Emily Tietje added an RBI.

Senior Suzanna Espinoza pitched the first six innings to record the win. Freshman Mary Grace Bywater pitched the final frame.

Prior to the win over Forest Grove, Tualatin fell 2-0 to No. 2-ranked and league-leading McMinnville in a league game played April 16 at McMinnville High School.

Tualatin had three hits in the game, all by Tietje. Bywater pitched the distance for the Wolves, striking out six and walking none.

McMinnville ace Anna Bertrand struck out 11 batters in getting the win.

Tualatin's scheduled league game with Canby was rained out both Monday and Tuesday. The Wolves were scheduled to play at Tigard on Wednesday. Results of that game weren't available when the Times went to press.

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