Braves Relying on Prior State Tourney ExperiencePosted: Updated:
It's been a series of near misses for Kamiakin Braves boys athletics this year. In the fall, Braves football finished second in state, after losing to Bellevue in the 3A state title game, in the Tacoma Dome. In March, Kamiakin finished third, after falling to Lakes in the semi-finals.
This Friday, another Kamiakin boys team will have reached the final four in state. Baseball, its first trip since 1998. This diamond squad is made up of 5 football players and one basketball player. They hope they saved that first place finish for baseball, when they take on Mount Si in the semi-finals Friday at Cheney Stadium.
Braves head coach Ryan Carter, "They've had the talk that football took second, basketball took third, and they left that number one spot for us. That's kind of been the talk all year we're ready to go get."
Senior pitcher Garrett Anderson, who also played basketball in the winter, added, "We just have a lot of guys that are used to the big games, so we're used to state. So when we go into Friday's game we're definitely not new to the idea of a state game."
Braves Junior third baseman and varsity football player, Drew Oord, said, "We all know what happened in Tacoma for football season. We're really ready to come out in baseball season and actually show that we're going to compete and hopefully bring back that trophy."