Camas Fire Heats Up Silverton
The Camas Fire played in the Silverton Invitational Senior American Tournament on May 18th & 19th in Silverton, OR. The Fire drew a tough battle with a team from Dallas, Oregon for their 1st game of the tourney eventually pulling out a 6 - 5 win on an RBI base hit by Cameron Hunt in the bottom of the 6th inning that set the tone for the Fire for the rest of the tourney. Camas pitching held on in the top of the 7th inning shutting down the Dallas bats to pull out a much deserved team win.
Camas once again played a back-and-forth tough game in their 2nd game, pulling ahead of South Albany and winning 9 – 6. Saturday seemed to give Camas the momentum they needed going into Sunday. In the Sunday semi-final game, Camas wore out pitchers from Silverton bringing 15 batters to the plate and scoring 10 runs in the 3rd inning alone winning in 5 innings 11 – 0.
In the championship game, Camas faced off against Sweet Home and continued their winning streak by shutting out Silverton in a 7 – 0 championship victory.
Camas played tremendous baseball both offensively and defensively. On the offensive side, the Fire batted an outstanding .459 as a team with 26 team RBI’s. The bats were led by Noah Strickler and Genya Shimada who batted .667 and .600 for the tourney respectively, with Strickler bringing home 6 RBI’s. On Sunday Luke Pipkin went an incredible 5 for 5 at the plate and had 5 RBI’s in the semi-final and championship games.
As for the defensive side, there was plenty of praise to go around but pitching set the tone. The Fire were led by Jack Barr who pitched 7 terrific innings for tourney allowing only 4 hits and giving up just 1 walk and he had 9 strikeouts. Camas pitching kept their opponents off balance mixing up their speed and strength on the mound while amassing 25 strikeouts as a pitching staff and allowing only 11 runs in 4 games for the tournament. “It was a great team effort all the way around. The boys played a fun and exciting tournament and worked hard to earn the 1st place trophy”, head coach Bob Hunt commented after the championship game.
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