The Yelm Tornados are moving on as a team to the West Central District 3A/4A Bowling Tournament at Paradise Lanes in Tacoma this weekend.
The Tornados capped off the regular season with a 4-1 win against Timberline on Thursday, Jan. 23, which secured their fourth-place finish in the 3A South Sound Conference.
Yelm will join No. 1 Capital, No. 2 Shelton and No. 3 North Thurston at the tournament. Only the top four teams from the SSC move on to the district tournament.
With a record of 9-5, and with no SSC league tournament, the Tornados are going into the postseason with their hopes high and their averages fairly consistent.
Lanes were packed and seating was sparse Thursday afternoon as Yelm hosted Timberline for both teams’ last league appearance of the season.
To start off the first game, Yelm junior Bethany Place came in clutch with doubles in the first, second and 10th frames. A late-game double by senior Alli Roe brought Yelm the matchup’s first point, 692-593.
The Tornados continued to dominate and created distance from the Blazers around the third frame of the second game.
Place again started the game off hot with a double strike. Seniors Gracie Mathis and Annalee Schilter then found strikes of their own on the third frame.
The matchup ultimately came down to the 10th frame after Timberline’s Hailey Buska threw two strikes and a five on her final frame.
The Tornados earned a narrow win on the second game, 698-690, thanks to a late-game double by Place
Yelm looked confident going into the first round of Baker’s games against Timberline, leading 2-0, but a pair of late-game strikes and pickups led the Blazers to their first point, 134-127.
In the second Baker’s game, the Tornados bounced back. Schilter, Mathis and Place tied together a turkey starting in the third frame to gain a sizeable lead on the Blazers, who left pins standing on five frames and struggled to bring their momentum back.
The Tornados took the second Baker’s game, 163-133, and the ultimate series point, 1,680-1,550.
Next up for Yelm is the district tournament, which will take place Saturday, Feb. 1.
End of Season Statistics
Bethany Place (Jr.) — Tallied 4,252 total pins over 26 games this season. Game average: 163.54 pins, about a pin higher from last year’s average and, overall, the highest average on the team.
Gracie Mathis (Sr.) — Tallied 4,134 total pins over all 28 games this season, with a game average of about 147.64 pins.
Annalee Schilter (Sr.) — Tallied 3,428 total pins over 26 games this season, with a game average of 131.85 pins.
Jerilyn Schrader (Sr.) — Tallied 3,341 total pins over 26 games this season, with a game average of 128.50 pins. Schrader also had the season high for a single game score, with a 199 game against Gig Harbor. She also had the two-game series high, with a 292.
Alli Roe (Sr.) — Tallied 3,489 pins over 28 games played, with a game average of 124.61 pins.
Lara Skinner (Sr.) — Tallied 3,427 pins over 28 games played, with a game average of 122.39 pins.