YAKIMA – Wilbur-Creston’s Travis Camp knew what his team needed and his coach wanted when he was called in to relieve teammate Damon Abel in Saturday’s State 1B baseball championship game.
And the stocky right-hander delivered in a big way, limiting Touchet to one run in five innings as the Wildcats won their first baseball state title, 10-4 at Parker Field.
Camp wasn’t overpowering, but he struck out five and allowed just two walks and got the win.
“His motor runs fast and sometimes he struggles because of that,” Wilbur-Creston coach Rich Jaeger said. “We stress being a pitcher and not throwing hard and he did that tonight.”
Camp said that he just wanted to get outs when he took over on the mound.
“I kept the ball in the strike zone and let my defense play,” Camp said. “They backed me up great tonight.”
Camp said taking the mound in the middle of the game and having no scouting report on the opponent actually helped him stay cooler in the hot Yakima evening.
“It was a little less mind-boggling to not have a scouting report to worry about,” he said. “I just had to take the ball and get to work.”
The offense stepped up as soon as he took the mound, taking advantage of four Touchet errors, a walk and a passed ball to plate four runs in the bottom of the third with the benefit of just one hit, a double by Camp.
That made the score 6-3 and with Camp in control on the mound, it was just a matter of making the defensive plays, which the Wildcats did in the final five innings, committing just two errors after making three in the first two innings.
Touchet coach Wayne Dickey was at a loss to explain how a team that ousted the defending state champions with a no-hitter last weekend could commit six errors.
“The bottom line is we didn’t do well defensively,” he said. “When you don’t make routine plays, you can make it hard on yourself.”
Touchet struck early, parlaying singles by Jake Hodnefield and Tuft Goble and a double by Saul Martinez, combined with an error, into two first-inning runs.
But Wilbur-Creston wasted no time evening the score, turning two walks and singles by Damon Abel and Camp into a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning.
The Wildcats added three runs on just one hit in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.
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