The two-time defending state champ Irish ran out of pitching and offense against the top-ranked Papermakers in a 12-3 defeat in the regional finals.
CENTRALIA — For the second consecutive year, the O’Dea baseball team ended its season with a game against Camas. Problem is, this time the Irish left the field in much more somber spirits.
In Saturday’s Class 3A state quarterfinal, O’Dea fell to the top-ranked Papermakers 12-3, ending its bid for a third straight state title. The Irish beat Camas in the championship game last season, but it was evident in the rematch that these were much different teams this year.
“They’re all good players. You miss your pitch, you miss your spot, they’re going to hit it,” O’Dea pitcher Keenan Forch said of the Papermakers. “We’ve been pretty successful the past couple years. I’d rather have it be them than anyone else.”
Though dominated for most of the game, the Irish did hold the lead at one point. After Liam Clements led off with a single in the top of the first and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice, Sean Yanuss ripped a one-out single that brought him home for a 1-0 O’Dea lead.
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It didn’t last long.
The Papermakers (25-0), who will face No. 2 Shorewood in the semifinals, scored five in the second, taking advantage of a couple of O’Dea errors. That was more than enough for Camas ace Kurt Yinger, who struck out five and allowed two earned runs in a complete-game victory.
“It’s pretty exciting,” said Yinger, who also had a two-run double in the fourth. “It’s nice to beat the team that beat you last year, but at the same time, these teams are so different, so it’s really just another regional game.”
O’Dea (14-12) added runs in the third and fourth innings, Yanuss singling home Clements and Luke Wilson driving in Josh Dickerson with a single.
But Camas was just too strong, tallying four in the fourth and four more in the fifth.
“It’s still such an amazing experience to be here in regionals,” O’Dea coach Mike Doyle said. “But they’re (Camas) just a strong team. We made some mistakes we shouldn’t have, but that’s just life.”
O’Dea 14, Mountain View 12
With his team leading 12-6 in the fourth inning, Mountain View catcher P.J. Jones was called out at third while going for a triple. He then popped up to argue with the umpire and was ejected. Soon afterward, Mountain View coach Aaron Coiteux, who was trying to restrain Jones, made what appeared to be accidental contact with the umpire, but was tossed from the game nonetheless. “That was a game changer,” Coiteux said. The Irish scored eight runs over the next two innings, including six in the sixth to take the lead for good.
Camas 16, Glacier Peak 3
The Grizzlies from Snohomish were never really in the game, as Camas led 8-2 after the third inning. Pitcher Paul Kim went 2 for 3 for Glacier Peak with a double.