Shorewood handed top-ranked Camas its first loss, 2-1, and Mount Si edged Kamkiakin 3-2 to advance to the state championship game.
TACOMA — One more.
After falling to Richland in the Class 4A semifinals in 2010, it didn’t take long for Shorewood to establish a theme for this season.
From that moment, the Thunderbirds’ goal was one more. One more round of batting practice. One more set of ground balls. One more win in the state playoffs.
Riding Blake Snell’s powerful left arm and Trevor Mitsui’s sweet swing, second-ranked Shorewood did just enough to hand top-ranked Camas its first loss, 2-1, in the Class 3A semifinals at Cheney Stadium Friday morning.
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“We’ve been looking forward to this since we started working out in the offseason,” said Mitsui, who was 3 for 4 with two RBI. “It’s everything to us. We had unfinished business last year.”
The Thunderbirds (23-2) will play Mount Si for the title at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Papermakers (25-1) play Kamiakin at 10 a.m. for third and fourth place.
“They just worked extremely hard,” Shorewood coach Wyatt Tonkin said of his players. “This is just a great group of kids.”
Snell struck out three of the first four batters he faced and fanned 10 in a complete-game victory. He allowed three hits.
“It just feels good to come out and play your best game against an undefeated team, and beat them and know you played well enough to be in that (title) game,” Snell said.
Snell and Camas starter Kurt Yinger traded scoreless innings most of the game. Mitsui drove in a pair with a bases-loaded single that skipped between the third baseman’s legs in the sixth.
In the seventh, Snell gave up a leadoff home run to Logan Grindy, but recovered and eventually stranded the tying run at third base.
“I’m sticking with my gun,” said Tonkin, talking about Snell. “I’m drawing my gun and I’m going to shoot the bullets in it.”
It was a tough loss for the Papermakers, who fell to O’Dea in the title game last season.
“I feel like I’m losing 12 sons,” Camas coach Joe Hallead said. “I love these guys. It’s hard. This game lived up to the billing.”
Mount Si 3, Kamiakin 2
It took a two-run homer from Tim Proudfoot, a six-hitter from starter Trevor Lane and a game-clinching throw from left fielder Daniel Besmer to get fifth-ranked Mount Si (21-3) past No. 8 Kamiakin (22-6) and into the title game for the first time.
Proudfoot got things going in the first with a shot down the left-field line. “It felt amazing,” Proudfoot said. “Right off the bat, I knew it was gone.”
But the play of the game came with one out in the bottom of the seventh.
With Kamiakin’s Jonny Allen on third, Besmer caught a fly ball and fired home. Robb Lane caught it and applied the tag on Allen, who made no effort to slide or avoid the catcher — a rule in high school — and was called out after running though Lane, which caused him to drop the ball.
“You could write a story about it, but we were prepared for it all year,” said Mount Si’s 25-year-old, first-year coach Elliott Cribby. “We expected to get in here.”
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