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Skyview baseball edges Camas 2-1

Storm improve to 10-0 with victory in nine innings

By , Columbian Sports Editor
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Skyview first baseman Brock Blakley (12) takes a throw as Camas baserunner Zach Blair safely dives back to the bag.
Skyview first baseman Brock Blakley (12) takes a throw as Camas baserunner Zach Blair safely dives back to the bag. Photo Gallery

From one of state’s top pitchers to a freshman called on to pinch hit, this Skyview win required everybody.

Skyview baseball beat Camas 2-1 in nine innings on Wednesday at Propstra Stadium.

It started with at least a half-dozen major league scouts training their radar guns on Skyview ace Caden Vire.

It ended with freshman Zayne Boyes being mobbed by his teammates at second base after his game-winning double.

In between, a game that saw Skyview improve to 10-0 was a perfect 10 in many ways.

It was a perfect 10 for pitching.

Vire, a senior who has signed with Arizona State, struck out 14 over six innings, allowing four hits and one walk. But he was matched by Camas starter Ethan Hubbell, who allowed six baserunners over seven innings, taking a no-hitter into the fifth.

It was a perfect 10 for clutch hitting.

Camas took a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning when Max Fraser lined a Vire pitch off the right-center field wall for an RBI double. But Skyview tied the game in the bottom of the seventh when Cade Reitzenstein and Mikey Miller hit back-to-back doubles with one out.

And, finally, it was a perfect 10 for making memories.

Boyes’ number was called with one out and runners on first and second — thanks to a hit batter, a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk. He lined a sharp hit perfectly between the right and center fielders, allowing Brady Davis to score with ease.

“I’m going to remember this forever,” Boyes said. “It will be a big spot in my memories when I’m older. I’ll talk to my kids about it and everything.”

Reitzenstein played one of the biggest roles in Wednesday’s win. The senior pitched three innings of shutdown relief, striking out eight of 11 batters he faced.

“I love every pressure situation,” Reitzenstein said. “It gets the adrenaline going. It’s why I play baseball.”

That grace under pressure showed in the seventh inning when Reitzenstein lined a one-out double down the left field line. It was only the third base hit against Hubbell.

Reitzenstein said he was set up for success by the energy in Skyview’s dugout.

“It was nuts,” Reitzenstein said. “I just hear everyone chanting my nickname Cheeto. I love this team and the energy they give off.”

Miller drove in Reitzenstein with almost an identical double to left field.

Camas (6-4) and Skyview each have four games remaining in the 4A/3A Greater St. Helens League season, including two against each other.

Wednesday, Skyview extended its league lead to three games over Battle Ground (7-3) and can clinch a share of the league title with just one more win.

But that doesn’t mean Skyview plans on coasting to the finish.

“We fight every single inning,” Reitzenstein said. “There’s not a single inning where we’re not loud, not in it or not part of the at bat.”