SPANWAY – At the end of the day, it was more about performance than results.
Yelm coach Lindsay Walton said that despite her team being eliminated from the state playoffs, it couldn’t have played much better against Bonney Lake. The 8-6 loss to the Panthers in the consolation finals of the West Central District III 3A fastpitch tournament came on the heels of shutting out Kelso 6-0 earlier Saturday.
“You know what? We didn’t go down without a fight,” Walton said.
The Tornados had 11 hits to the Panthers’ six, but were unable to capitalize. Bonney Lake’s bats came alive for a pair of runs in both of the last two innings.
“We had a few costly errors,” Walton said. “In a different field, where we didn’t make those errors, we would have won the ballgame.”
Still, she said she was proud of her team, which was visibly demoralized after losing 3-1 to Enumclaw in Friday’s quarterfinals.
“They never gave up,” she said. “They kept the bats alive and were aggressive on the bases, and we went further than we ever have in the district tournament.
“It’s a good sign going into next year.”
Senior Rendi Johnson got the win for the Panthers while her catcher, senior Hanna Anderson, went 2-for-3 with three RBI.
Yelm junior shortstop Tessa Matthews went 2-for-4, and senior outfielder Jaynani Cababat was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
Capital was eliminated in the consolation semifinals in a 6-0 shutout by Prairie.
Narrows 3A champ Wilson won its first district title with a 7-4 win over Camas.
Rogers won its third district championship in three years with a 6-5 win over Bellarmine Prep. It is the Lions’ first trip to the state playoffs. Junior outfielder Kim Klock drove in sophomore outfielder Alyssa Wilke, who was brought in as a courtesy runner for sophomore pitcher Tess Dixon in the eighth inning.
Also advancing was Jefferson, with the third seed out of Class 4A, in a 9-5 win over Emerald Ridge.
Junior pitcher Erin Scott struck out eight in a two-hit shutout and her sister, Ashley, a freshman, drove in all three of the Saints’ runs as Interlake won its first district title in a 3-0 win over Franklin Pierce.
The Saints shut out all three of their opponents at districts to earn their first-ever state berth.
“We’ve come so far,” Erin Scott said.
An 8-4 win over White River gave Fife the third seed to state.