Second Annual Yelm Mushball Tournament Held at Longmire Park During Prairie Days

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 6/28/22

The second annual mushball tournament returned to Longmire Park on Sunday, June 26, capping off a week’s worth of activities held during Yelm’s Prairie Days festival.

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Second Annual Yelm Mushball Tournament Held at Longmire Park During Prairie Days

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The second annual mushball tournament returned to Longmire Park on Sunday, June 26, capping off a week’s worth of activities held during Yelm’s Prairie Days festival.

Beginning at 11 a.m., eight teams competed as they attempted to win the tournament. The championship team was able to select a charity to receive a donation of the team fees.

The eight team pool featured Anytime Fitness, Yelm Pocket Gophers, Stancil and Company, Protect and Serve, Lacey Park Ninjas, Screw Ballz, Yelm Titans and T2.

Event organizers said the talent among the teams was evenly distributed, although some took the games more seriously, while others utilized the event as a way to have fun while giving back to a good cause. 

In the first round matchups, Anytime Fitness defeated the Yelm Pocket Gophers, while Stancil and Company beat the Protect and Serve team. The Lacey Park Ninjas won in their game against the Screw Ballz, and the Yelm Titans defeated team T2.

Bradley McGannon was a member of the Yelm Titans team. The team consisted of a friend group that formed in elementary school as they played on the same baseball team. Over the years, the group continued to play baseball together and eventually joined the Titans select baseball team in eighth grade.

The team wanted to honor their friendship and athletic history together, bringing the Yelm Titans to fruition.

“We wanted to come out and have some fun. We wanted to enjoy the nice and sunny weather,” McGannon said. “If we play good, we play good. But the main goal for us was to have some fun.”



The Titans had high hopes of winning the tournament, but ultimately fell short in their second game of the tournament against the defending champions, the Lacey Park Ninjas.

Win or lose, McGannon was happy to have the opportunity to bond and play the sport he and his friends love so much.

“I think events like these are really cool because they help bring our community together. Yelm is already a tight community but I think it’s healthy for the residents to get out and have some fun,” he said.

The Lacey Park Ninjas ultimately defeated Stancil and Company in the championship game. The Ninjas dedicated their win to Raise for Rowyn, who will receive the proceeds from the tournament.

Raise for Rowyn is a foundation that seeks to honor Rowyn’s legacy by assisting families that have lost children. The group often provides emotional support as well as financial assistance for funeral costs.

“We had a couple of teams that were really closely matched,” Desiree Atkin, Yelm’s communication and recreation coordinator, said. “It’s all in fun. We had umps out there to make sure everyone was following the rules. I think it was evenly matched and we had a great time.”

Atkin said the city hopes to grow the mushball tournament each year. She also added that if the event continues to have successful showings, a potential mushball league at Longmire Park could be on the horizon.

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