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Camas Little League’s All-Star post-season is in full swing as they compete with other District 4 Little League teams. The 9/10 baseball team won their first game, 12-2, earlier this week. The 10/11 team won their first game against Cascade, 6-3, on Wednesday night, at Evergreen LL. Aaron Geigenmiller started for the 10/11 team, and threw under 50 pitches in four innings.

10/11 All-Star Baseball | Thursday, June 29 @ 5:30 pm

Competition begins at 5:30 at Evergreen Little League against Evergreen. This will be Game #2 for the boys. The address is 10910 NE 172nd Ave, Brush Prairie, WA 98606. If the boys win tonight they will compete on Saturday.

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10-11 All-Star pitcher Aaron Geigenmiller started in Game 1 vs. Cascade on June 28, 2017. He threw under 50 pitches in four innings.

11/12 All-Star Softball | Thursday, June 29 @ 6:00 pm

Competition begins at 6 pm tonight at Columbia Little League. The girls are 1-1 in post-season so this is a must-win. The address is 900 N Garrison Rd, Vancouver, WA 98664.

9/10 All-Star Baseball | Friday, June 30 @ 5:30 pm

The 9/10 team competes in Game #2 at Evergreen Little League. They are 1-0 in this All-Star tournament. The team is coached by Josh Pike. The address is 10910 NE 172nd Ave, Brush Prairie, WA 98606.

11/12 All-Star Baseball | Thursday, July 6 @ 5:30 pm

The 11/12 team will begin their post-season competition next week at Columbia Little League. The team is coached by Casey Taylor. This team has the potential to compete in the famous Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. They need to win Districts, State, and Regional competitions to get there.

The address is 900 N Garrison Rd, Vancouver, WA 98664.

To learn more, visit www.camasll.com

 

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KJ Thiemann safely slides into home.

Camas, WA — Camas Little League announced their 2017 Baseball and Softball All-Star teams Monday afternoon, commencing the organization’s post-season. In all, six teams were announced — three baseball, and three softball.

Baseball teams are divided into three age groups: 9/10, 10/11, and 11/12. Softball teams are organized into three groups: Minors, Majors, and Juniors. The All-Star teams will compete in District level competition culminating in a winning team that will claim the District title. The champions in the older divisions will compete at the State level, and have the potential to play in the World Series, in August.

All-Star Baseball Team Rosters

Baseball 9/10                                                                             

  • Manager Josh Pike
  • Coach Joe Glassmire
  • Coach Ted Wieczorek
  • Parker Castellani
  • Boris Christensen
  • Sawyer Clifton
  • Thomas Clute
  • Cai Davis
  • Anthony Forner
  • Jared Forner
  • Alec Fraser
  • Mason Glassmire
  • Lukas Morse
  • Lucas Peterson
  • Brevin Pike
  • Teddy Wieczorek
  • Jack Williams

Baseball 10/11 

  • Manager Nick Kralj
  • Coach Ryan Meyer
  • Coach TJ Trujillo
  • Aaron Forsyth
  • Aaron Geigenmiller
  • Andrew Kralj
  • Owen Meyer
  • Grady Milholen
  • Carter Phelan
  • Hayden Reich
  • Jaxsen Rodgers
  • KJ Thiemann
  • Diego Trujillo
  • Trevor Wong

Baseball 11/12

  • Manager Casey Taylor                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Coach Bryce Gehlen
  • Coach Bryan Williams
  • Cannon Bauman
  • Stephen Behil
  • Zach Blair
  • Kaisen Burr
  • Cade Gehlen
  • Carson Gilligan
  • Ethan Hubbell
  • Jackson Knuth
  • Easton McCarty
  • Tyler Stewart
  • Aaron Sung
  • Jacob Swenson
  • Justin Taylor
  • Holt Williams

 

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Camas Little League Mariners players talk during a time out.

All-Star Softball Team Rosters

Softball Minors

  • Manager Mark Daniels
  • Coach Dennis Jackson
  • Coach Ken Schweitzer
  • Lilia Boyd
  • Isabella Brustad
  • Claire Daniels
  • Chloe Koprowski
  • Grace Martin
  • Harmony Martin
  • Lila McGeachy
  • Lauren Mitchell
  • Charli Parker
  • Riley Sanz
  • Ainsley Schweitzer
  • Isabel Shattuck
  • Kalli True

Softball Majors 

  • Manager Rochelle Gittings
  • Coach Tawnia Chenette
  • Grace Barsness
  • Kennedy Boatwright
  • Gracie Buzzell
  • Mercy Canifax
  • Kasey Clifton
  • Samantha Gittings
  • Reagan Jamison
  • Amelia Marcum
  • Alyson Ohnstad
  • Candice Owen
  • Molly Peebles
  • Keira Williams

 

Softball Juniors

  • Manager Kim Ritter
  • Coach Ryan Bushnell (Cascade)
  • Coach Jason Cagle
  • Claire Burton (Cascade)
  • Addy Cagle
  • Natalie Collins
  • Courtney Edmunds (Cascade)
  • Gabby Esparza
  • Maggie Lyons
  • Adrianna Puckett (Cascade)
  • Darian Reeves (Cascade)
  • Alycen Templer
  • Cassie Templer
  • Avery Thamert (Cascade)
  • Kamryn Walker

To learn more, visit www.camasll.com

Camas, WA — Longtime baseball umpire and sports enthusiast, Joe Pleckinger, officiated at his final game at Forest Home Park Friday night. Age age 87, he felt it was time to hang it up.

Friday night’s game ended an umpire career in multiple sports that started in 1958.

“I was a Parks and Rec Director, and we weren’t paid a lot of money,” said Pleckinger. “So, I found some opportunities to umpire — for the extra money. I’d take the 60 bucks I’d make as an umpire, and then I would go down to the lumber yard and finish off my basement. This was in Minnesota.”

Pleckinger then moved his family to Northbrook, Ill. and got contacted to umpire in a suburban league, which comprised eight big schools in Chicago.

“We officiated at multiple games with a four-man crew,” said Pleckinger.  “We were there for three seasons, and then moved back to Minnesota.”

In the early 60s, he officiated at games in Minnesota. He umpired small college and high school baseball, basketball, and football games. Often, he’d get called on short notice to umpire games.

“It’s still like that,” he says. “You know how it is.”

In 1978, the Pleckinger’s moved to Olympia, Washington, but his job prevented him from officiating for several years. But that changed when they moved to SW Washington, and in September 2005, he resumed umpire duties for the Little League.

“I like being around the people — the fans and the kids,” he said. “I enjoy base umpiring because it’s not so physically strenuous. I enjoy honest competition. I enjoy golf, football, baseball, and a good track meet on television.”

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Joe Pleckinger gets ready to officiate at his final game.

About Youth Sports Today

“I think in the situation we’re in, I like the parent involvement we have in Camas,” said Pleckinger. “I think the parents do a good job of leaving the game on the field. Sometimes we have a few people upset, but it’s usually from somebody that doesn’t own the call. That’s why I make my calls loud and clear. The ball isn’t caught until it’s secured. Often the first baseman’s foot isn’t on the base.”

Advice?

“I think the kids are learning they’re going to get out of it what they put in it,” he adds. “If they don’t put in extra time, they won’t excel. Parents need to be involved. It’s a good thing.”

The whole family loves sports. The Pleckinger’s have watched for years their grandsons (Jake and Zack Blair) compete, and rarely miss a game. And, Joe is affectionately called “Grandpa Joe” by those who know him well.

“Joe focuses on teaching the kids, and so does my son-in-law, John Blair,” said Carol Pleckinger, Joe’s wife. “They use each situation as a teaching moment.”

She says they do this naturally.

“Last night’s game, I was talking to kids who don’t usually play on second base — I tell them to not stand on second base because it’s interference. It’s a teaching moment.”

Little League umpires are volunteers. They’re not paid for their work, but are typically given a bottle of water, Gatorade, and a meal after their work is completed.

 

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Calling a foul ball.

 

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Joe Pleckinger speaks with Orioles catcher, Jackson Knuth, between innings during his final game.

 

Camas, WA — The Camas Little League (CLL) regular season closed this week with the Majors Royals team (15-3) winning their division title. They won their final game Friday night against the Orioles, 24-22.

The boys brought their bats to the games, but they also impressed defensively.

“Our top line pitchers were as good as anybody in the league,” said manager/head coach, Casey Taylor. “Aaron Sung, Zach Blair, Dom Colletto, Jake Swenson, and Justin Taylor. What else stood out? Patrick Phelps, who hasn’t played since T-ball, is a 12-year-old now, and is by far the most improved player in the league. He made some big plays for us. Big plays defensively, big plays offensively, and all the kids were real easy to coach.”

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Zach Blair at bat. Jackson Knuth catching for the Orioles.

John Blair and Will Speakman also coached the winning team. The coaches have spent countless hours over the span of many years coaching Little League teams, both regular and post-season.

“It was always fun to play against the Royals,” said Reds player, Easton McCarty. “They’re a good team. We had a lot of fun on the Reds team, too.”

Teams were drafted in March, and competitive play began in April. Post-season All-Star teams will be announced this week.

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Coach Casey Taylor helps Zach Blair warm up before Friday’s game.

Royals Team Roster

  • Asher Asbury
  • Zach Blair
  • Dominic Colletto
  • Cai Davis
  • Beck Gummer
  • Grady Milholen
  • Patrick Phelps
  • Reagan Speakman
  • Aaron Sung
  • Jacob Swenson
  • Justin Taylor

Camas Little League has been a part of Camas for more than 50 years, and brings youth (ages 5-14) together each season to play ball. To learn more, visit www.camasll.com

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Aaron Sung warms up.

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Reagan Speakman.

Camas Varsity Baseball secures No. 2 seed in 4A Districts; Freshman Baseball team finishes first in league; Camas Golf wins over Skyview.

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Varsity: The Camas baseball team secured the No. 2 seed, and a two-round bye heading into this weeks 4A district tournament with a 6-1 victory over Mountain View on Monday.  Sam Christopher was outstanding on the mound throwing a complete game while allowing just one walk and striking out three.  On the offensive side of things, the Papermakers spread it around collecting RBI from five different players.

Offensive Highlights: Liam Fitzpatrick 1-1, 2 R, RBI, 2B; Tanner Howington 2-3, R, RBI, 2B; Sam Christopher 1-2, RBI; Taylor Birchem 1-3; Ryan Kempf 1-3, R, RBI, 3B.

Districts

Tucker Parker on the mound.

 

Freshman Team:

The Freshman baseball team won 4A Districts on Saturday in a double header, on their home turf. They won their final game against Battle Ground, 13-2.

Golf

Elise Filuk and Hailey Oster led Camas in a win over Skyview 161–200. Filuk was medalist with a 1 over par 38 while Oster had 39. Abby Jiang also had a strong performance with 41 as did Lauryn Tsukimura with 43.  Freshmen Emma Cox with 45, Wenny Cai with 45 and Ashley Clark 50 completed the scoring. Camas is undefeated in league with one match to go.

To learn more, visit www.chs.camas.wednet.edu

Baseball: Varsity Baseball picked up its sixth straight victory defeating Union 2-1 led by Tucker Parker who pitched a complete game and recorded 7 strikeouts.  Taylor Birchem delivered an RBI single tying the game 1-1 in the 5th. Two batters later, Trevor Bentley laid down a bunt with the bases-loaded bringing home the eventual game winning run. The Papermakers will host Union today in the final game of their regular season series with the Titans.

JV baseball team rolled Union 8-0 to improve to 6-2 on the season.  Cameron Hunt pitched the first 5 innings and Noah Strickler closed out the last 2 innings to preserve the shutout. Their combined effort included an amazing 16 strikeouts in just 7 innings. It was truly a team effort with a total of 11 hits for the Papermakers; lead by two hit performances from Cole Hurtarte, Grant Gaudio, and Caleb Field. Taylor Adams and Ryan Behnke each delivered 2 RBI’s.  CHS JV has won the last 4 games by a combined score of 40-1.

Soccer: The Camas Varsity Soccer team, and really the entire soccer program, paid tribute to former Papermaker, Connor Valenter, who recently passed away.

The Papermakers rolled Mountain View, winning 3-0.

Goals (assists):

Danny Wing (Erik Brainard)

Bennett Lehner (Brian Murray)

Brainard (Wing)

Keeper saves: Brian Murray 3

Halftime score: 0:0

JV score: Camas won 2:0

 

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Varsity player, Danny Wing.

 

Golf: A showdown between two of the top girls golf programs in Southwest Washington on Tuesday turned into a celebration day for Camas. Elise Filuk shot an even-par 35 and Hailey Oster shot an 1-over 36 as Camas beat Union 148-170 at Camas Meadows. The victory set a school record for team score by the Papermakers, while snapping Union’s 44-match winning streak. Things are only going up at Camas, where 18 of the 26 girls out for golf this spring are freshmen.  Elise Filuk 35, Connie Wang 40, Hailey Oster 36, Emma Cox 37, Abigail Jiang 42, Lauryn Tsukimura 47.

Softball: C team had a tough loss to Union 13-3.

Tennis: Varsity Tennis: Camas tennis defeated Prairie 5-1. At singles wins were earned by Hannah Gianan and Sam Merrill. The doubles teams of Madisson McGuffin/Courtney Estrada, Emma Jones /Tenzin Gyalnub and Tionni Trieu/Lauren Garner also won.

JV Tennis: JV won 6-0. Singles wins were earned by Courtney Estrada, Angela Xu and Donla Gyalnub. At doubles wins were earned by Olivia Doumitt/Georgina George, Shelby Chartrand/Hannah Zimmerman and Rani Floyd/Marissa Tehrani.

The C-Team girl’s tennis team continues to win, beating Prairie 11 – 3. They were led by veterans Delaney O’Neill, Ellie Metzner, Olivia Nelson, Anna Weithes, Cassidy Reynolds, Skylee Ramirez and Sara Van Kley. Isabella Eskew and Alyssa Henry teamed up again to record a solid 6-4 win.

To learn more about the Camas athletic programs, please visit: www.chs.camas.wednet.edu

Updates provided by Marcia Johnson, of the Camas Athletic Department.

 

 

Camas hosted Heritage at Friday’s Varsity baseball game, winning 7-2. Photos by Kris Cavin.

Here’s how things went:

CAMAS 7, HERITAGE 2

Heritage 000 101 0—2 4 3

Camas 200 041 x—7 7 2

Heritage

Pitching — Daniel Thompson 5 IP, 1 K, loss; Tanner Lundberg 1 IP, 0 R. Highlights — Nick Somboun 1-3, BB; No. 13 (N/A) 1-2, 2 runs, 3B, BB; Bailey Alley 1-2, RBI, BB; Taryn Yarnell RBI, BB; Forrest Hoisington 1-1.

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Pitching — Liam Fitzpatrick 3.1 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 4 BB, 1 K, win; Sam Christopher 3.2 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 K, 2 BB. Highlights — Jared Bentley 1-4, run; Ryan Kempf BB, 2 runs; Hunter Bruno 1-3, run, RBI; Liam Fitzpatrick 1-2, run, 2B, RBI; Sam Christopher 1-2, BB, RBI; Tucker Parker 1-2, 2 RBI; Christian Hellberg 1-3; Trevor Bentley 1-2.

The Papermakers play again against Skyview this Wednesday at 4 pm, at Camas High School.

To learn more, visit www.chs.camas.wednet.edu

Heritage

Photo by Kris Cavin.

 

Heritage

Photo by Kris Cavin.

 

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Camas Senior, Jared Bentley. Photo by Kris Cavin.

Vancouver, WA — The Camas Freshman baseball team got their new season off to a great start on Friday night, beating Columbia River, 8-1.

The 18-member team, which is coached by Zak Webb, got an early lead, thanks to some walks and hits by the starting lineup: Damon Gilmore, Grant Heiser, Shane Jamison, Brogan Layne, Luke Brewer, Caden Wengler, Jacob Trupp, Camden Ford, and Joey Schnell.

Brewer pitched the majority of the game for the Papermakers, and was relieved in the sixth inning by Jake Taylor. In the third inning, Carson Farra, Christian Geigenmiller, and Taylor entered the game.

“It was a great way to start off the season,” said Thea Jamison, of the parents. “Many of these kids have been playing ball competitively since they were very young, at Camas Little League.”

Geigenmiller said that’s one reason the team works well together, as they’ve been playing the game since T-ball or Pee-Wee division at the local little league.

“We just know how to work well with each other,” he said.

The team plays game two of the season this coming Tuesday at 4 at Battle Ground.

To learn more, visit www.chs.camas.wednet.edu

Photos by Blake Schnell.

High School Baseball

Camas Freshman, Joey Schnell.

Baseball Grant

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Camas Freshman, Grant Heiser, caught the entire first game.

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Pitching against Camas.

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Grant Heiser throws the ball.

High School Baseball

Camas Freshman, Luke Brewer.

For the first time in recent history, Camas Little League is having its opening night in March. Recently, the league board voted to start the season two weeks earlier than usual, in order to have an extended playing season.

The first games begin tonight at 5 and will continue at 7:15 pm.

 

Baseball and several softball games are held at Forest Home Park, near downtown Camas.

For additional information, go to www.CamasLL.com

CHENEY STADIUM, Wash. — Southwest Washington baseball programs are red hot right now, as the Showtime 16U Junior Prep team just won the USSSA State Championship Tuesday against Crimson Rock.

The intense game, held at the newly renovated minor league park, was a close one, as the local Showtime boys edged out the competition, 6-5.

“Well, we faced some pretty good pitching with guys throwing in the mid 80’s but we got our timing down and eventually hit him well,” said Showtime player Jace Bolton. “It was pretty amazing! The feeling after getting the last out was indescribable. Kordell Vasbinder threw all seven innings for us [about 100 pitches].”

The visiting Showtime boys earned six runs on five hits, “and it came down to the wire,” said fan Vicki Lee. “They had runners on 2nd and 3rd when we got them to fly out to left field. It was an amazing experience. The boys got rings and this giant trophy and the facility was absolutely beautiful. I don’t think any of them will forget this for a very long time. I know I won’t.”

The intense game wasn’t without incident, either. Showtime player Jackson Wagner was hit in the face by a fastball early in the game. He’s being treated and is expected to recover.

The Showtime boys play in a couple more tournaments before winding down the season.

 

State Champions!

 

Showtime State
Cheney Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.