The Yelm Tornados Fastpitch team entered last week with a record of 10-3, with a 5-2 record in South Sound Conference games. The ladies had a busy week as they hosted Peninsula on Monday, April 25, …
The Yelm Tornados Fastpitch team entered last week with a record of 10-3, with a 5-2 record in South Sound Conference games. The ladies had a busy week as they hosted Peninsula on Monday, April 25, traveled to Timberline on Wednesday, April 27, and then traveled again to North Thurston on Thursday, April 28.
In their first matchup of the week, Yelm’s offense sputtered as they could only tally two total hits in the contest. Neither team was able to get their offense going in the first two innings, but the dry-spell was broken when Peninsula scored three runs in the third inning.
Peninsula’s offense continued to pick up steam as they scored two more runs in the fourth inning, and four in the seventh. The Tornados were unable to score any runs of their own, and were handed a 9-0 shutout loss.
Picking up the only hits of the day for Yelm were seniors Ashlyn Aven and Vivian Watts. Watts also started the game pitching for the Tornados, and allowed five runs over three innings, striking out five in the process.
“The bottom line is Peninsula was able to put more people on base and get the timely hits needed to push runs across the board,” said Coach Lindsey Walton. “Peninsula has a pitcher with some speed and good spin, which created a challenge for us and by the time we were able to get a few hits it was too late.”
Following their loss to Peninsula, the Tornados were set to face the Timberline Blazers. Unlike their matchup with Peninsula just two days prior, Yelm’s offense exploded in the outing.
In the first inning, Yelm jumped ahead with five early runs. Yelm led 8-1 in the bottom of the second inning, but the Blazers put up a fight scoring six runs.
Each team was able to put up two more runs in the third inning, with the score now being 10-9 with Yelm ahead.
Following the third inning, Timberline began to run out of steam. The Tornados were able to score four runs in the fourth inning, one run in the fifth, and eight runs in the seventh. Timberline’s offense froze following the third as they secured only one run in the fourth inning.
The Tornados were able to win in blowout fashion, defeating Timberline 23-10.
Freshman Layah Hicks had her best game of the season as she tallied four hits. Hicks notched a single in the first, the sixth, and tripled in the seventh inning. She also stole two bases in the process.
Tornados had a strong showing against Timberline with Hicks, Watts, Kendall Lawson, Elissa Dewees all driving in RBIs on the day. Madisyn Erickson was credited with the win for Yelm.
Finally in their last game of the week, the Tornados were able to appreciate a nearly stress-free outing against North Thurston.
Yelm was able to jump on the board in the second inning by scoring six runs. Then, in the next inning the Tornados added an additional five runs, jumping out to an 11-0 lead rather quickly.
North Thurston was able to score two runs in the bottom of the third inning, making their deficit smaller.
Going into the fourth, Yelm led 11-2 before scoring three more runs to make it 14-2. North Thurston tallied another run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Tornados defeated the Rams 14-3.
Watts once again started the game on the mound for Yelm. The senior had a strong outing in her two innings of pitching, allowing no hits and no runs, with a strikeout.
Molly Embrey and Lawson each had two hits in the outing against North Thurston.
“Our games against Timberline and North Thurston were solid wins,” said Walton. “We scored early and often in both of those matchups. Vivan Watts, Madisyn Erickson and Jessika Jennings worked together on the mound to maintain control in both games in order to get the wins.”
Walton also shined a light on several offensive standouts for the week. Jennings went 4 for 7 offensively, and scored six runs. Lawson went 5 for 9 with seven RBIs. Watts went 5 for 9 with a triple and four RBIs. Hicks went 4 for 10 at the plate with a triple and five RBIs.
The Tornados’ regular season is beginning to wind down with four matchups left before postseason. Yelm faced Gig Harbor on Tuesday, May 3 before they traveled to Capital High School on Wednesday, May 4. Then, the Tornados were set to travel to Central Kitsap High School on Thursday, May 5.
Yelm returns home to conclude the regular season competition on Monday, May 9 against Capital High School. The Tornados will celebrate eight seniors in their outing against the Cougars.
The Tornados currently sit at third place in South Sound Conference standings, behind Peninsula (9-0 in SSC matchups) and Gig Harbor (9-1 in SSC matchups).
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