The Camas High School baseball team took care of Columbia River 10-4 Monday. This sets the stage for a league championship showdown between the 9-1 Papermakers and the 8-1 Mountain View Thunder.
The teams play Thursday in Camas and Friday at Mountain View. Both games start at 4 p.m.
“These guys set a goal at the beginning of the season to be league champions. It’s right in front of us now,” said Camas head coach Joe Hallead. “All the hard work we have put into this season has led us to this opportunity. We just have to go out and execute now, and put something on the banner.”
Nate Culver nailed a 2-run double in the second inning to give the Papermakers a 3-0 lead over Columbia River. Nate Lauritzen delivered a 3-run double in the fifth inning to make it a 9-2 advantage for Camas. He also struck out six Chieftains in five innings pitched.
“[Lauritzen] just turned it up a notch [Monday],” Hallead said. “He threw hard on the mound and was on every pitch at the plate. Any time you can get your lead-off batter on base four times in a game, you’re going to be pretty successful.”