An error and a run-scoring single by Reilly Hennessey sparked a three-run sixth inning as the Camas baseball team beat Columbia River 3-1 Wednesday to reach the Class 3A district championship game.
Camas will play Mountain View at 5 p.m. Thursday at Propstra Stadium.
Columbia River scored its lone run on three hits in the first inning. But the Chieftains were shut down after that by Camas’ Nate Lauritzen, who struck out 14 batters.
Lauritzen also was 2 for 2 with a double and a run scored.
Columbia River 4, Kelso 0 — The Chieftains got seven of their eight hits in the fourth and fifth innings, scoring two runs in each frame.
Four consecutive singles in the fourth put Columbia River ahead 2-0. Michael McCann’s solo home run in the fifth was one of three hits in the team’s two-run fifth.
Both pitchers went the distance. Seth Rayburn allowed three hits and struck out four with just one walk in posting the shutout win. Kelso’s Quentin Hakkinen had six strikeouts and walked two batters, allowing eight hits in the loss.
Kelso 2, Prairie 1 — Sierra Richards hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to keep the Hilanders alive for a shot at the 3A Greater St. Helens League title.
Kelso (9-2 in 3A GSHL) will play at Camas (9-2) for the league championship on Friday.
Prairie’s Jasmine Cox and Kelso’s Julia Breidt were locked in a scoreless duel through six innings before Prairie was able to push across a run in the top of the seventh on a wild pitch.
But Kady Bruce opened the bottom of the seventh with a single. One out later, Richards homered for the victory. Before the seventh inning, Kelso had managed one hit off Cox.
The loss eliminated Prairie (9-3) from league title contention.
Camas 15, Fort Vancouver 1 — Lena Richards was 2 for 3 with a triple and three RBI, and Amee Aarhus had a double and three runs scored as Camas remained in the mix for the league title.
Hudson’s Bay 3, Mountain View 1 — B. Williams pitched the Eagles to victory and went 2 for 3 with a triple and an RBI as Bay won a key game to help the playoff positioning.
Camas 4, Prairie 2 — Esther Kwon scored a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Prairie’s Akari Baba to lead the Papermakers to 3A GSHL victory.
The win improved Camas’ league record to 9-1. But because of several weather postponements, it is unclear weather all league teams will complete their dual-meet schedules. Columbia River also has one league loss, while Prairie has two league losses.
The 3A district tournament begins Friday at Club Green Meadows.
Union 184, Evergreen 280 — Alicia Kwon shot a 42 and Belex Cheng shot a 44 as Union completed an 8-0 record to finish play in the 4A Greater St. Helens League.
The record included a one-stroke win over Skyview.