Undefeated Kamiakin into Class 3A state softball semifinals


Lindsey Kamphuis rolled up two more career shutouts, and the Kamiakin Braves added two wins to their undefeated record Friday at the Class 3A state softball tournament at RAC in Lacey.

Kamphuis struck out nine in a 4-0 victory against the Mt. Si Wildcats, then set down 13 more in a 10-0, six-inning rout of Meadowdale. She also had two RBIs against the Mavericks.

Kamiakin (26-0) will face Juanita in the semifinals at 9 a.m. today.

The Rebels (23-1) feature six left-handers in their lineup, as well as one of the state's top pitchers in Allison Rhodes, who struck out 28 in victories against Mountain View and Camas.

But the Braves have a senior ace of their own in Kamphuis, who wants to finish her high school career as a state champion.

"It's so close. I want it so bad now," Kamphuis said. "We're just two games away. I'm feeling in my heart how bad I want this."

If the first two state games are any indication, Kamphuis will have plenty of help to get her that trophy.

Emily Benson hit a two-run home run in each game, and fellow sophomore Hunter Schneitter had six hits on the day for the Braves.

Cylie Richards hit a two-run double to seal the win over Meadowdale.

"We're all trying to play for each other because we have a really good shot this year," Benson said. "I'm doing this for the team, not just for me."

Mt. Si 000 000 0 -- 0 4 3

Kamiakin 103 000 x -- 4 12 1

Kendra Lee, Paige Wetherbee (3) and Mickey Blad; Lindsey Kamphuis and Jessica Miracle. Highlights--Emily Benson (K) 3x4, 2B, 2-run HR; Hunter Schneitter (K) 3x4; Miracle (K) 2x4; Kamphuis (K) 7IP-9K-0BB.

Meadowdale 000 000 -- 0 7 2

Kamiakin 202 133 -- 10 13 0

Alyssa Reuble, Haili Taylor (6) and Shannon Haukap; Kamphuis and Miracle. Highlights--Kamphuis (K) 6IP-13K-0BB, 3x4, 2 RBIs; Schneitter (K) 3x4, RBI; Benson (K) 2-run HR; Cylie Richards (K) 2-run 2B.

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