Louis Bloch Park provided a perfect setting for the Southwest Washington 13-year-old Babe Ruth state tournament.
Fans enjoyed burgers, hot dogs and five days of baseball under the sun in Camas. After an 11-1 loss to Longview Wednesday, Camas-Washougal defeated Chehalis-Centralia 11-0 Thursday, Richland 11-0 Friday and Kennewick 6-0 Saturday to reach the semifinals Sunday.
“It’s unbelievable to lose the first game by 10 and then put up 30 runs in the next three games,” said manager Chad Jones. “It would have been easy for them to lay down, but I’m proud of the way they regrouped and refocused. They went from the underdog to the team nobody wants to face.”
Camas-Washougal also had solid pitching. Trevor Milton tossed a 2-hit shutout against Richland. Preston Thornton and Isaac Hoidal combined for a no-hitter against Kennewick. The infielders behind them turned two double plays to keep Kennewick from scoring any runs.
Chehalis-Centralia beat Camas-Washougal 12-10 in the semifinal game. The Twin Cities all-stars scored 10 runs in the first inning. The local boys piled on 10 runs of their own, but didn’t have enough outs.
Longview defeated Twin Cities 15-5 in the state championship game Sunday afternoon. Camas-Washougal earned third place in the tournament.
The C-W 14-year-old Babe Ruth all-star team also took third place at the state tournament, in Kennewick. Players are Cameron Hurt, Colton Dalia, Colden Pietila, Michael Kuhlman, Wesley Colvin, Dillon Mickalson, Patrick Upkes, Sedric Ruiter, Josh Hibbard, Cole Hurtarte, Nate Kordenat, Haruki Takada and Ryan Rushall.
“I’m proud of all the boys,” said C-W Babe Ruth President Jaycop Collins. “It’s been a while since we’ve been to state and placed at state. The boys deserve a lot of credit for all the hard work.”
Camas-Washougal Granite Construction is playing in the Senior Babe Ruth regional tournament at Clark College. Players are Braden Devlin, Brandon Casteel, Connor Combs, Alex Boyer, Jake Tomasini, Jake Meyers, Levi Middling, Matt Rawlins, Caleb Robbins, Gage Metzger, Nick Costa-Stange, Jay Arvidson and Josh Akers.
The 15-year-old Babe Ruth state tournament begins Wednesday, in Chehalis. Camas-Washougal players are Max Gantar, Austin Mclaughlin, Kevin Zeiman, Tyler Bowlin, Cody Cameron, Max Smith, Jake Meinhold, Shamus McAvoy, Gage Hoeffs, Brevyn Peffers, Cody Jackson, Austin Krout and Daniel Webb.
Little League state results
The Patriots softball team, comprised of 10- and 11-year-olds from Camas, East County and Cascade little leagues, earned one win in three games at the state tournament, at Sunset Park in Auburn.
Jane Beacock, Camryn Biggs, Samantha Combs, Madeline Ellis, Kylie Habkirk, Gwen Hogewoning, Waverly Iverson, Chloe Parker, Taija Souki, Elaina Tauialo, Audrey Thompson and Camille Vaughan played for the Patriots.
Federal Way beat the Patriots 4-3 in the first round July 12. The Patriots bounced back with a 9-3 victory against Upper Valley, of the Tri-Cities, July 13. Gig Harbor defeated the Patriots 11-1 July 14.
Blake Asciutto, Kolby Broadbent, Jackson Day, Elijah Ferres, Tyler Forner, Jackson Gibbs, Dante Humble, Christian Knuth, Josh Mansur, Drew Ott, Mike Quintana, Tayler Shega and Caden Wengler represented Camas in the 11- and 12-year-old state baseball tournament, at Bar-S Playground in Seattle.
After a 21-8 loss to West Seattle July 12, Camas defeated Richland 13-3 July 13 and Salmon Creek 11-3 July 14 to stay alive. Gig Harbor beat Camas 16-5 July 15.
Luke Brewer, Brett Filuk, Camden Ford, Christian Geigenmiller, Grant Heiser, Jack Latimer, Tony Lattanzi, Mitchell McCowen, Joey Schnell, Billy Schuldt, Evan Stout, Jake Taylor and Jake Trupp played for Camas in the intermediate baseball state tournament, at Willis Tucker Park, in Snohomish.
Camas clipped Hazel Dell 9-4 July 5, but lost to West Seattle 13-12 July 6 and Issaquah 14-9 July 7.