YHS Baseball Drops Spring Break Double-Header to Capital

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 4/12/22

The Yelm Tornados baseball team hosted the Capital Cougars in a double-header on Tuesday, April 5.

The first game began at 3 p.m. and was immediately followed by a 5 p.m. matchup.

During the …

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YHS Baseball Drops Spring Break Double-Header to Capital

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The Yelm Tornados baseball team hosted the Capital Cougars in a double-header on Tuesday, April 5.

The first game began at 3 p.m. and was immediately followed by a 5 p.m. matchup.

During the first matchup between Yelm and Capital, Tornados senior right-handed pitcher Austin Lyon led the way. Dueling Lyon on the mound was Karsten Lahn for the Cougars.

Capital quickly jumped ahead of the Tornados, scoring seven runs in the first, and four more over the next three innings.

Capital led 11-0, until the Tornados exploded offensively. Yelm scored 12 runs in the fifth inning to take the lead 12-11, but the Cougars were able to regain the lead in the last inning. Capital put a stop to  the Tornados’ hope of winning and secured a 13-12 victory in the first matchup. 

For the Tornados, junior centerfielder Aden Schaler had a great day at the plate as he went 3 for 5, with a double and three RBIs. Senior outfielder Tyler Penlesky had a strong game as well, going 2 for 4 with three RBIs in the first outing.

“Credit to Capital who came out swinging,” said Yelm’s head baseball coach Zach Miller. “Our starter on the mound was filling it up and throwing strikes. They were just hitting it. He eventually settled down after the first and kept his composure, which says a lot about his makeup being just a freshman and we were able to score 12 in the fifth inning to take the lead.”

Despite the loss, Miller said the team showed what they were capable of, especially during the fifth inning.



“Unfortunately, we were unable to keep that lead and let it slip away in the late innings, but I was proud of the way we clawed back into it and made it a game,” Miller said. “(It) showed real resilience by our group and the effort was outstanding. It was a tough loss at home after coming all the way back down 11 runs.”

It would be a tale of two games for Yelm, as in the second game of the double-header their offense vanished.

On the mound for Yelm was senior Penlesky, and his opposing pitcher was senior starter Kayden Dawson.

Capital’s offense stayed hot throughout the second matchup, scoring runs in every inning but the first. Capital held the Tornados to just one hit, and won with a 12-0 score.

“It is always tough to bounce back in a doubleheader after pouring all we had into game one and try to split the series. We couldn’t figure out their pitcher and he really competed on the mound and nothing came easy for us,” said Miller. “We had a couple opportunities to score some runs but couldn’t get that big hit and the game got away from us.”

Following the double-header losses, the Tornados moved to a 2-8 record, with a 1-7 record in the South Sound Conference play.

The Tornados were set to travel to River Ridge High School on Tuesday, April 12 to take on the Hawks in an SSC matchup. The following day, Yelm returned home to host the Hawks.

On Friday, April 15, the Tornados will travel to Cheney Stadium to take on North Kitsap High School in a non-conference game.

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