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Camas Little League prepared its fields this past weekend and Forest Home Park is about ready for business. Dozens of teams, coaches, and parents gathered together for the annual event.

The volunteers cleaned up fields, mowed, edged, weeded, and cleaned out dugouts, as well as bleachers. The 2013 season officially kicks off two weeks from today — on April 8.

This year, the league has a record number of teams and players who have been practicing for several weeks.

To learn more, visit www.camaslittleleague.org

About Little League

This is an international pastime that has been a fabric of societies throughout the world for 75 years. Since its founding in 1939 by Carl Stotz, Little League has instilled leadership, character, courage and loyalty in all that participate, including the nearly 1.5 million adult volunteers. The organization can be found in more than 80 countries worldwide with more than 2.4 million children participating each year. Little League has celebrated many milestones due to the dedication of its players, parents and volunteers. Below are just a few examples …

  • The Legacy Begins: First game is played on June 6, 1939
  • Another First: First Baseball World Series is played in August 1947
  • International Expansion: Canada becomes the first international team to charter in 1951
  • Outgrowing Original Field: Howard J. Lamade Stadium was built in 1959 to support the growing popularity of Little League
  • Federal Charter: Receives its Federal Charter in 1964
  • Expansion Outside of Baseball: Little League Softball is founded in 1974
  • Dugout: Walt Disney Co. creates Dugout the Mascot in 1985
  • Challenger:  The Challenger Division is established in 1989
  • Urban Initiative: The Urban Initiative Program is established in 1999
  • The World Series Expands Again: Volunteer Stadium is built in 2001 to allow for a 16 team tournament

Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division: The Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division is created in 2012 creating nine divisions of play

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The Lacamas Little League Board voted Monday night at Forest Home Park to officially change its name to Camas Little League. The name change will be gradually phased in during the 2013 season, and will include a signage and branding overhaul.

Several members of the board have been researching the effects and cost of the change, based on input from league parents and community members, as well as confusion about the name “Lacamas” from other leagues.

Lacamas Little League Board members felt it was time to identify the league specifically with the city of Camas. Prior to the name change to Lacamas a dozen years ago, the league was formerly called Camas-Washougal Little League. During that change, most ball players living in Washougal became members of what is now called East County Little League.

The league had been preparing to make new All-Star uniform purchases for the 2013 season, and felt this was a good time to make the transition.

 

All-Star High Five
Jeff Mansur coached the Lacamas Little League
AAA All-Star team last summer.

 

AUBURN, WA– Lacamas Red beat Walla Walla 10-9 in game two at the Washington state Little League Tournament of Champions Monday night.
Home team Lacamas started Drew Ott, who pitched well, and the Lacamas defense kept Walla Walla from scoring during the first inning. At the bottom of the first, Dante Humble hit a nice one out to third base, but was fielded out. Caden Wengler lobbed one out to right for a double, while Josh Mansur ripped a single , advancing Wengler to third. Christian Knuth got an RBI, but was fielded out, while Mansur was tagged out at home. Lacamas was up 1-0.At the top of 2, Walla Walla hit a single, but Wengler made an excellent attempt at catching the ball. Ott struck out the next batter, and another was fielded out, but their lead runner tied the game, 1-1. Ott struck out the next batter.

At the bottom of 2, the Lacamas bats really came alive. Jackson Day ripped it to center for a bas e hit, and he was followed by Jake Blair who hit one out to center for a single. Ott had a great hit out to center and advanced the lead runner. Kolby Broadbent bunted, got a base hit and advanced another runner home.  Jackson Gibbs bunted to get bases loaded. Humble hit a single, and Wengler bunted and made it to first. Mansur hit a double with bases loaded, and advanced two more runners, bringing the score to 6-1, Lacamas.

And they kept going.

While Knuth was at bat, Wengler stole home. Knuth made good contact, but was fielded out, and Mansur stole home, giving Lacamas an 8-1 advantage.

At the top of three, Tyler Forner took the mound, and he struggled, walking several batters. One runner was tagged out at home, and another was struck out. The score was 8-3 Lacamas. Blair took the mound, allowed one run and struck out the last batter of the inning.

Lacamas got one more run in the third inning, putting the score at 9-4 Lacamas.

It was the fourth inning that scared Lacamas. Blair hit one batter, and another was walked. Gibbs took the mound, but the defense made too many errors that Walla Walla capitalized on. Their five-run lead quickly evaporated, and the game was tied 9-9. Some great plays by Day and Ott stopped the bleeding.

Jordan Geigenmiller was walked in the bottom of the fourth, and Lacamas had some great hits by Day and Ott, but it wasn’t enough to score.

Mansur closed for Lacamas at the top of the sixth with bases loaded, but was able to hold Walla Walla. He struck out their last batter.

It was Mansur’s turn at bat with a fan base chanting “one!” He got a single, and was advanced by Knuth. Day’s hit advanced Mansur, who got the winning run, much to the relief of coaches and fans. Lacamas Red won 10-9, and advances to the next game, which is Tuesday at 3 against Pacific.

 

Forner on the mound
Tyler Forner pitches for Lacamas Red.

 

National Anthem
Respecting the National Anthem.

 


Hit!
Drew Ott at bat.

Josh Mansur Steals Home
Josh Mansur scores the winning run by sliding home.






Cascade Little League’s solid defense and some well-placed hits pushed them to a 6-1 win over the Lacamas Majors 10-11 All-Star team Tuesday night in the District Championship game.

Lacamas made contact with the ball and had some great hits, but couldn’t overcome Cascade’s tight infield. Lacamas also struck out more than usual.

Christian Geigenmiller returned to the mound after being on the injured list from Sunday’s line drive hit to the head. Visiting Lacamas was three up, three down at the top of the first, while Cascade scored three by the bottom of the first inning. The Lacamas defense made some errors, but also fielded two outs at first, and struck out one batter.

The Lacamas bats didn’t get very far, and by the top of the fourth Cascade was ahead 6-0.

The Lacamas bats came alive in the fourth inning, as Carson Williams hit a double and Rylan Marshall hit a single (he also brought Williams home), to make the score 6-1. Grant Heiser also hit a single and advanced Marshall. Jimmy Peebles made good contact.

Williams relieved Geigenmiller after three innings, and closed the game. He struck out several Cascade batters, and the Lacamas defense held them.

Luke Brewer and Josh McPhun hit singles, but weren’t able to advance and score.

“I feel proud of the boys,” said Manager Doug Williams. “They played hard and we had a good run. We only had eight days to gel as a team before the tournament started and we had a good, respective showing.”

Coach Brendan Ford said the tournament was “a lot of fun!”

Grant Heiser said he was glad to be voted onto the team, and looks forward to next year.

 

Cascade LL
Cascade 10-11 year-old team won the District 4 All-Star
Championship Game Tuesday night at Harmony Sports Complex.

 

Christian Geigenmiller Pitches
Christian Geigenmiller returned to the mound Tuesday night.
LacamasBatter
Zach Convey was ready for battle.
TeamTalk
Manager Doug Williams talks to his team following Tuesday’s game.
 So, how did the other Lacamas teams do Tuesday night?

Lacamas 9-10 All-Star Black team lost their first game of the tournament against East County, 17-7. They finish 3-1 in pool play, and will learn if they made the bracket Friday night.

The Cascade/Lacamas Junior Softball lost their first game to East County 14-3. They play again Friday against Evergreen at 8 pm at David Douglas Park.

Lacamas 11-12 All-Star team beat Evergreen, 8-5. They play Cascade Thursday at 6 pm at Central Vancouver Little League. Michael Kuhlman and Shane Jamison both hit homeruns during that contest.

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

 

Williams Pitcher
Carson Williams did a great job closing during the championship game.
 
McPhun
Luke Brewer, Jimmy Peebles, Zach Convey and Josh McPhun show off
their 2nd place medals.