Yelm Tornados Fastpitch Celebrates Senior Night With Another Win

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 5/10/22

In their final regular season game of the year, the Yelm Tornados hosted the Capital Cougars on Monday, May 9 as they celebrated senior night.

Senior Vivian Watts made her final regular season …

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Yelm Tornados Fastpitch Celebrates Senior Night With Another Win

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In their final regular season game of the year, the Yelm Tornados hosted the Capital Cougars on Monday, May 9 as they celebrated senior night.

Senior Vivian Watts made her final regular season appearance on the mound at home, along with seven other varsity players.

They included Ashlyn Aven, Kendall Lawson, Kailei Thompson, Karis Sanders, Molly Embrey, Katelyn Cederburg and Elena Castanon.

With first pitch taking place at 3:30 p.m. both teams were fortunate to avoid the rain, with light intermittent showers early on. Once the game was underway, the Tornados were the first to strike when senior Lawson hit a single to drive in a run, giving Yelm an early 1-0 lead.

Capital tied it up in the bottom of the second inning when Addison Fox hit a big home run. Following the solo shot, Watts and the Tornados defense shut down anything Capital tried to get going.

Yelm broke the tie in the bottom of the third inning, scoring two runs. The Tornados scored four more runs in the fourth inning and increased their lead to 7-1. Sophomore Elissa Dewees hit an inside the park homerun and was credited with three RBIs.

The Tornados were able to strike again, scoring two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to cap off a successful senior night.

The Tornados defeated the Cougars 9-1.

Watts had a dominant outing on the mound, facing 25 batters and striking out 11 of them. She also allowed just one run which came on Fox’s solo home run, and walked one as well.



Some of the other Tornados with strong offensive performances included Lawson and Sanders, who each went 3 for 3 at the plate. Aven and Thompson each went 2 for 4 on the day, while Watts, Embrey and Cederburg collected hits as well. In total, the Tornados collected 14 hits in a strong offensive outing.

Coach Lindsay Walton said Sanders and Thompson used their speed on the bases to each score twice, collecting four out of the team’s nine total runs.

“This group of seniors has been together for quite a few years and they are definitely a special group of young ladies,” said Walton. “It was a great day at the plate for our eight seniors.”

Following their dominant performance on senior night, the ladies had a potluck near the fastpitch field and reflected on the seniors’ final regular season game at home.

Walton and the Tornados hope to carry their momentum into the postseason.

The Tornados have won six straight games, defeating Timberline, North Thurston, Gig Harbor, Capital, Central Kitsap and Capital again.

Yelm’s winning streak and the key 13-3 victory over Gig Harbor on Tuesday, May 3, propelled the Tornados into second place in the South Sound Conference only behind Peninsula, according to the SSC’s website.

The Tornados postseason begins on Thursday, May 19 at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey. Yelm will play their first game at noon, but are unsure of who they will face at the time.

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