The Tornados (8-4) swept the Gig Harbor Tides (0-13) 5-0 last Thursday, Jan. 16, during a meet at Tower Lanes. Yelm also played the second-best team game in the program’s history, and senior Jerilyn Schrader bowled a career-high 199 in that game.
The impressive night of play began, interestingly enough, with a sub-average game.
After snatching the first point from Gig Harbor, 574-445, in what was Yelm’s lowest-scored game so far this season, the Tornados bounced back.
Schrader threw a turkey to start things off, then doubled in the five and six frame.
Junior Bethany Place and Lara Skinner also doubled, which caught the attention of Yelm Head Coach Stacy Roe.
“I started looking around the eighth frame,” he said. “Four out of the five girls went above their average.”
Schrader’s 199 in the second game against the Tides helped propel her team to a 834-446 win, allowing Yelm to take the second point and a new record for the program.
“When she looked at the score flashing on the screen, she got a little sad when it came up at 199. Every bowler wants to hit that 200 mark,” Roe said
The school record for best team game is 850 pins, Roe said.
Schrader’s first game of 93 clocked in as the lowest score on either team, so her impressive 199 comeback had all the more impact.
Behind Schrader in the second game, Place bowled a 183, Skinner threw a 167, senior Gracie Mathis threw a 146 and Alli Roe bowled a 139.
The Tornados were resilient in Baker games as well. Yelm took the third point, 131-104, and the fourth point, 112-104. The series point also went to Yelm, 1,651-1,099.