An aggressive hail storm six days ago halted Tumwater’s Evergreen Conference 2A fastpitch clash with Capital. Play resumed Thursday under significantly warmer conditions.
“You play in the cold and rain for so long, you start to kind of get used to it,” said Thunderbirds senior Kaylene Glasgo. “Then all of a sudden, it’s 80 degrees and hot. You always love playing in weather like this, but it does take some getting used to.”
Tumwater, however, adjusted to the climate change rather quickly, showcasing how much of an all-weather team it really is.
Almost a week later, the visiting T-Birds picked up right where they left off, getting a two-run single from Glasgo and three hits from Gabraelle Vidallon to
complete the three-game regular-season sweep of Capital with a 12-1 victory in five innings.
Tumwater, second in the EvCo standings, improved its conference mark to 10-3. The T-Birds’ only setbacks this season have been against undefeated W.F. West.
The game began on April 25 with Tumwater scoring four runs in the first, highlighted by a home run from Alyssa Ubrun — her third this season against the Cougars.
With Tumwater leading 4-0 after the first, the game was postponed due to hail.
“It was crazy,” Glasgo said about the game’s stoppage. “(The hail) came out of nowhere and took about five minutes, but that was enough to reschedule it.”
The T-Birds quickly padded their lead following the hiatus, pushing the advantage to 6-0 with two more runs in the second.
“They just get out there and play,” said Tumwater coach Doug Nedrow, whose squad played three games before continuing its contest with the Cougars. “I don’t think the gap in between affected them at all. They know what they need to do once they get out there.”
Makayla Glasgo drove in a pair of runs in a four-run fourth for the T-Birds, increasing the lead to 10-0.
Capital, which finished with two hits and four errors, got on the scoreboard in the fifth when Britni Wilson scored on an error.
Kaylene Glasgo re-established a double-digit cushion for Tumwater in the fifth with a two-run single to left.
The Cougars (6-5 EvCo) were unable to prolong the game after a 1-2-3 fifth.
Kaylene Glasgo went 2-for-2 and scored three times. Alyvia Owen also collected two hits and drove in a run for the T-Birds.
Jocelyn Glasgo struck out five to pick up the win, while Maddy Lincoln fanned seven for Capital.
Tumwater also knocked off the Cougars on March 25 (7-0) and March 26 (10-1).