The moment was surreal.
After Lindsey Kamphuis struck out the last batter of her high school career, she and her Kamiakin softball teammates raced toward one another after realizing they were the Class 3A state champions.
And on top of that, they had finished the season undefeated.
Kamphuis pitched the Braves (28-0) to a 6-1 victory against the Everett Seagulls in the state title game Saturday at RAC in Lacey. She also was in the circle for a 2-1 win over defending state champion Juanita.
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“After beating Juanita, we were very confident going into the state championship,” Kamphuis said. “We still knew we had to keep our head in the game, but we knew we had it in the bag.”
Kamphuis won the pitching battle in the semifinals against Notre Dame-bound Allison Rhodes. Kamphuis, who will play for Weber State next year, struck out 12 with no walks, while senior batterymate Jessi Miracle helped the Braves’ cause by going 3-for-4 against the Rebels.
In the final against Everett, Kamphuis had two RBIs during a five-run fifth that eventually led to the Braves’ first state title.
“It didn’t really sink in till after the pictures and we were sitting in a circle after the game,” Kamiakin coach Tammy Hutchison said. “After every game, we say positive things about what happened, and we all just kind of looked at each other and said, ‘Wow, we’re No. 1 in the state.’ ”
Kamiakin knocked around Everett ace Lexie Levin for seven hits. The Braves knew what to expect from the Seagulls after junior varsity coach Tanya Wood watched them play in an earlier state game.
“She got the skinny on all the hitters and the skinny on the pitchers,” Hutchison said. “She does such a good job scouting, it’s like we played them before. The parents say, the fans say, ‘How do they know our patterns? How do they know what we’re gonna pitch to them?’ ”
As the Braves rolled through the postseason, they tried not to think about the fact that they could finish the season with an unblemished record. Hutchison nearly broke her promise before the state championship game, but she caught herself.
“I didn’t want to jinx what was going on,” Hutchison said. “But afterward I looked at Lindsey, and I said, ‘Who’s the best pitcher in the state?’ ‘Me.’ ‘What was our record?’ ‘28-0.’ ”
Kamiakin 110 000 0 — 2 9 3
Juanita 000 010 0 — 1 4 1
Lindsey Kamphuis and Jessi Miracle; Allison Rhodes and Aliah Sweere. Highlights—Miracle (K) 3x4, 2B; Emily Benson (K) 2B; Carlie Richards (K) 2B; Sam Booth (K) 2B, RBI; Kamphuis (K) 12K-0BB.
Kamiakin 000 051 0 — 6 7 0
Everett 000 001 0 — 1 6 0
Kamphuis and Miracle; Lexie Levin and Kayla Deditius. Highlights—Hunter Schneitter (K) 2x4, RBI; Booth (K) 1x3, RBI; Miracle (K) RBI; Kamphuis (K) 2 RBIs, 5K.
— Katie Dorsey, Herald staff