Mention the 2015 Babe Ruth World Series to seniors of the Camas High School baseball team, and memories flood back.
Kolby Broadbent remembers feeling like a big leaguer.
Tyler Forner recalls the competition.
One big play on defense comes to mind to Jackson Gibbs.
For Riley Sinclair, it was a rogue raccoon.
And for Gideon Malychewski, it was trying New York-style pizza.
“That was a thing,” Malychewski said. “After our first game, that’s what the whole team wanted to do: go try some New York pizza.”
All five played together on the Camas-Washougal Babe Ruth team that reached the World Series in Jamestown, N.Y. in 2015. Broadbent, Malychewski and Gibbs were also on a team that reached the Babe Ruth World Series in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., in 2017.
All five, most of whom grew up playing baseball together, were hoping to play one last season together for the Papermakers, before the coronavirus wiped out their senior season.
“Our Class of 2020, we wanted to be the best class to ever come through Camas,” Broadbent said. “We wanted to win a state championship in football and in baseball. … I think it would have meant more in baseball, just because it has never been done before in Camas history. It was really disappointing we didn’t get the chance to play. We felt like we had a really good shot at it.”