Amee Aarhus doesn’t mind the cold weather or the mud. She just loves playing softball.
After hitting a triple over the left fielder’s head, the junior who transferred to Camas from Sacramento slid into a puddle at home plate and scored the final run for the Papermakers in a 10-0 victory over Evergreen Monday at Camas High School.
“I wasn’t expecting it to be that slushy,” Aarhus said. “I just moved from California. On the second day of tryouts, it snowed and it hailed and it rained. I’m adapting to the cold. It’s all part of the game. You have to make adjustments.”
The Papermakers pounded 10 hits on a wet and chilly Monday. Senior Mikaela Searight knocked in three runs, including a 2-run double in the fourth inning. Senior Sarah Nidick gave up just two hits in five innings pitched, and gained four strikeouts.
“Sarah has pitched in rain, snow, sleet, hail and in 110-degree heat,” said head coach Ken Nidick. “She’s pitched in it all and knows how to battle through it.”
Camas also beat Evergreen 9-0 Friday, on 13 hits. Harli Hubbard struck out 11 Plainsmen, and only surrendered two hits and two walks. Searight drove in three runs, and Aarhus went 4-for-4 with a home run and 2 RBI.
“Amee has been a pleasant surprise. She’s just a good person, a good ballplayer and a great teammate,” Nidick said. “All of the girls on varsity have those qualities. You couldn’t ask for anything better.”
The Papermakers (2-0) are scheduled to play Washougal today, Heritage Wednesday, Skyview Friday and Mountain View Monday. All four games start at 4 p.m. Locations will be determined by the weather and each school’s field conditions.