The Camas softball team took one on the chin Monday, at Prairie.
After the Falcons tied the game up at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth, the Papermakers loaded the bases and Cailyn Grindy came off the bench and delivered a pinch hit 2-run single into left center to give Camas a 6-4 advantage. But those pesky Prairie batters nibbled for three runs in the last two innings to win the game 7-6.
“You want to try and get a lead on them early and keep adding on,” said Camas head coach Ken Nidick. “I don’t think there’s ever a comfortable lead against them because they have so many quality hitters. And so do we. The fact that we can play at a high level like Prairie has for so many years shows the growth of our program.”
The win springs Prairie into first place in league, but Camas and Kelso are both just a half game back in second. Prairie plays at Kelso Wednesday, and then Kelso comes to Camas Friday. The Papermakers are 8-0 at home, so there’s still an opportunity to get even.
“This is a tough game to lose, but we’re still going to scratch and claw for that league title,” Nidick said. “It’s still possible.”
On Saturday, Camas (13-2) will be playing in the High School Fastpitch Festival at the University of Washington. The Papermakers face Bellevue at 10 a.m., and then Walla Walla at noon. Admission is $5 for adults, and $4 for students, seniors and children under the age of 12.