For more than half their lives Tuli and Hewitt played softball together and will continue in college

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Emily Hewitt (left) and Savannah Tuli (right) will play softball at Clark College next year. CANBY—On Wednesday, May 9, Canby seniors Savannah Tuli and Emily Hewitt signed letters of intent to compete on the Clark College softball team next year.

Tuli and Hewitt have been playing softball together since the age of seven, and will carry their athletic camaraderie into the collegiate arena. The two signed their letters at the same time.

"It was important to me to have Savannah and I sign together because we grew up together," Hewitt said. "We connected through softball and we have been family friends ever since. It was awesome that she and I got to share our success together because of how long we have been close friends."

"Emily and I from the beginning were instant friends and connected swell through softball and our equal dedication to the game," Tuli said. "When Emily texted me and told me she was signing to Clark, chills ran through my body because I know what we are both capable of and that we are going to crush it together next year."

Hewitt plans on studying business marketing when she attends Clark because she grew to enjoy it at Canby High. Tuli is still uncertain on what her focus will be in school at the moment.

Both have interacted with Clark softball coach Meghan Crouse, but Tuli more so than Hewitt.

"I met my coach at a practice for a fall ball team I was playing for up in Vancouver, and we keep in touch over the phone," Tuli said. "One of the girls I was practicing with is also attending and playing at Clark next year, and I met some of my teammates when I toured the college earlier this year."

In joining Clark College's softball team, the duo will join the Penguins, a team that finished with an overall season record of 13-24, and was 9-19 in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC).

Tuli and Hewitt leave behind a Canby Cougars softball team that made it to the post season, and posted an overall record of 15-13, and finished third in the Three Rivers League with a TRL record of 8-6.

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