For the third straight year, Camdenton is moving on to sectionals.

For the third straight year, Camdenton is moving on to sectionals.

The Lakers have formed a healthy habit by playing in their fourth straight district championship game in a battle with Rolla at Lebanon on Saturday and won their third straight district title in an 11-0 shutout over the Bulldogs. Once again, Camdenton quickly went to work opening a 3-0 lead after the first inning and managed to finish the game by the fifth inning via the run rule. It is a trend Camdenton coach Tyler Dinsdale never gets tired of.

“For us to get off to a start like that is what we’ve been going for in our team goals the entire year- quality at-bats and quality pitching,” the skipper said. “So, it was a culmination of everything we have been working towards the entire season and it was great. Going ‘1-2-3’ in that first inning, that kind of set the tone for the bats to come up and do what they do.”

The last time these two sides met on September 20, Camdenton had to pull off some late game heroics with Shelby Webster hitting a two-run blast off the scoreboard to win in extra innings. Things were a little calmer this time around and Dinsdale credited the defense.

“They (Rolla) are a really good young team and very well-coached so for me it was a very queasy feeling the last couple of games knowing we had to play against them in this game,” he noted. “I think the main difference was just our defense was a lot better this game. We kind of hit about the same, but defensively we did a lot better.”

Of course, it helps to have some good pitching in the circle and Saturday was no exception as senior hurler Haile Farris allowed just a single hit while striking out 12 in her five innings of work.

“That is what I was praying for the last couple of games. I know she is capable of that,” Dinsdale said of the senior pitcher. “She’s got 230-plus strikeouts on the year and she is one of the best pitchers in the state so to have her on my team is a great asset to have.”

As for the bats, Camdenton produced 10 hits on the day and Farris got things started with an RBI-single in the first. A single by Emma Uthe drove in another two runs to make it 3-0. Webster’s bat led to two more runs after an RBI-double in the second and Haley Wheat added an RBI in the third to make it 6-0. The Lakers finished things off in the fourth with an RBI from Fayth Rakes, RBI walks from Kylee Moore, Raegan Waters and Emma Rakes and an error on a pickoff attempt. Fayth, Uthe and Sidney Jones each had two hits for the Lakers and Uthe and Webster led the way with two RBIs each. 

Now, Camdenton (19-8) will head to sectionals and look to punch its ticket to the Class 4 state quarterfinals when they take on Ozark (22-9) on Wednesday at a time and location yet to be determined. Going forward, Dinsdale said the plan is to keep things fun and light and not get too caught up in the moment.

“We are an easy-going team so kind of keeping that looseness is going to be the key,” he said.

Tim Leible of the Rolla Daily News contributed to this report