Goals get written on paper, but dreams come true on the diamond.
The Camas High School baseball players have not taken an inning off since that snowy first day of practice, back on Feb. 28. So far, it has amounted to 19 victories, zero losses and a league championship. But, the Papermakers are far from satisfied. They want to become district champions Thursday, win the bi-district tournament the following week and fulfill their dream of capturing a state championship.
The Camas ballplayers took the first step by beating Mountain View 4-1 Friday and 11-5 Saturday to secure their third league title in the last five years. The Papermakers grinned with excitement, as head coach Joe Hallead laid out the next challenge.
“All of you guys wrote your goals down on paper, and one of them was to go undefeated,” he said. “You are the first team in the history of Camas baseball to not lose a game during the regular season. We can hang our hat on this and be proud, or we can go after more dreams.”
Camas goes after the district championship Thursday, at Propstra Park in Vancouver. Hudson’s Bay and Prairie play at 4 p.m. today, and the winner comes back to face Kelso tonight. The winner of the night cap challenges Mountain View Wednesday for the opportunity to play Camas for the championship.
The Papermakers are already advancing to bi-districts, but gaining the number-one seed would allow them to play the first game at Propstra. They would also only need one more victory to get to state. Therefore, a win on Thursday is a key to unlocking more dreams.