Do you believe in miracles?
The Camas High School softball team did when nobody seemed to believe in them.
Now, people have a reason to believe.
On Thursday and Friday at Fort Vancouver High School, the Papermakers defeated Mountain View 10-6, Prairie 7-2 and Kelso 9-5 to capture their first district championship.
“During the games, it felt like we all just clicked,” said senior third baseman Mariah Jimenez. “There were some girls on this team who just decided to pull it all out and start hitting. It was a great time for us to put it all together. I was amazed.”
“This group of girls is one of the best teams I’ve ever played on,” said senior shortstop Erin Carson. “We all have a common goal. We don’t say it, we just do it.”
The motto for the Papermakers in 2011 is “start strong, stay strong, finish strong.” The girls have really lived up to that potential in the last four games of a 6-game winning streak.
It all started with a 7-run comeback victory over Kelso in the final game of the season. Camas clinched third in league and earned an automatic bid into the bi-district tournament, but the Papermakers wanted more.