Local Sports Teams Reach Spring Break Mark

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 4/5/22

The Yelm Tornados baseball team continued to see its  share of struggles throughout their final week of competition prior to spring break.

First on Tuesday, March 29, the Tornados traveled …

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Local Sports Teams Reach Spring Break Mark


The Yelm Tornados baseball team continued to see its  share of struggles throughout their final week of competition prior to spring break.

First on Tuesday, March 29, the Tornados traveled to Gig Harbor to continue their South Sound Conference play.

Gig Harbor’s offense proved to be too much for Yelm to handle, as the Tides defeated the Tornados 10-2.

In a rematch the next day at home, the Tornados sought redemption for the previous loss handed to them by Gig Harbor. Yelm was able to sneak out of that game with a victory, defeating Gig Harbor, 2-1.

In the tenth inning, it was junior third baseman Kolby Henry who walked it off for the Tornados. The junior drew a walk in extra innings which scored senior first baseman Jeremy Reimers the final run.

After their dramatic win against Gig Harbor, Yelm hosted Steilacoom on Friday, April 1, but the buzz from their walk off victory just two days prior faded pretty quickly. Steilacoom jumped out in front of Yelm early on, adding another defeat to the Tornados tally in a 13-0 game. 

After going 1-2 on the week, Yelm had a 2-6 overall record, with a 1-5 record in South Sound Conference play. The Tornados were set to host a home double header against Capital High School on Tuesday, April 5.

Tornados Fastpitch

As for the Tornados Fastpitch team, they started the week off with a 16-4 win over the River Ridge Hawks on Monday, March 28. During the game, Elissa Dewees stood out with a two hit and four RBI game. Dewees, who is a sophomore, hit a two run home run as well as a two run single during the contest.

The Tornados were able to capitalize on River Ridge’s pitching, totaling seven runs in the third inning. Coach Lindsay Walton credited several girls for having big days hitting, including Vivian Watts, Kailei Thompson, Dewees, Ashlyn Aven, and Elena Castanon, who all drove in runs during the third inning. Aven hit a home run during the inning as well.

Madisyn Erickson was the winning pitcher, allowing just four hits and one run in three innings.  Watts threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.

Totaling 16 hits on the day, the Tornados offense exploded in dominant fashion.

Three days later on Thursday, March 31, the Lady Tornados traveled to Peninsula and faced a tough Seahawks team.

The game was tied 1-1 in the sixth inning, but Peninsula exploded for four runs, taking a 5-1 lead. From there, the momentum was on the Seahawks side, as they handed Yelm a 5-1 defeat.

Then, in their final game before spring break, the ladies traveled to Gig Harbor to play the Tides in their third South Sound Conference game of the week.

To open the contest, the Tornados quickly jumped ahead to a 4-0 lead. The offense was able to start off hot, with Aven hitting an RBI double to start the scoring for Yelm. Gig Harbor quickly responded with three runs of their own in the following inning.

The game wound up being an 11-7 victory for Gig Harbor, as Yelm could not capitalize on a 10 hit day. Pitcher Jessika Jennings collected the loss for the Tornados.

The fastpitch team sported a 7-3 record (3-2 in the SSC) as they headed into spring break.


Meanwhile, the Yelm High School girls tennis team exited their last week of competition before spring break collecting three straight wins.

First, the ladies defeated Peninsula on Tuesday, March 29 by a score of three set points to two.

Then, the team defeated the formerly undefeated Central Kitsap tennis team, continuing to build momentum on their season.

The girls closed out their busy week with another victory, this time over the North Thurston Rams. The hot streak continued for the ladies, as they picked up the victory with three set points to two.

The tennis season resumes on Tuesday, April 12. The team will travel to Capital High School for a match.


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