SHELTON - Capital leadoff hitter Kellen Camus used his speed to enable the Cougars to beat Shelton 9-8 in eight innings Tuesday in a Western Cascade Conference baseball game.
Camus opened the eighth with a ground ball to third, and Camus' speed caused the Highclimbers third baseman to throw wildly to first, allowing Camus to advance to second on an error.
A sacrifice bunt and pop out later, winning pitcher Brad Jesernig singled Camus home with the go-ahead, and what proved to be final, answer in a game that featured wild momentum swings.
"It was a great game to watch from a fan's point of view," Shelton coach Don Daniels said. "I didn't really like it much, though.
"We scored five in the third and had a 5-0 lead until they scored five in the top of the sixth. Then we each scored three in the seventh to force extra innings, and they won it on the unearned run."
The teams return to the field at Capital today, and Daniels is looking forward to the rematch.
"Give both teams credit, they both battled back," Daniels said. "But the scoreboard shows that they won, and that's the bottom line.
"Jesernig is their starter (today), and he threw (1 2/3 innings Tuesday), and maybe that will bother him. We have Tristin Richerson throwing for us. We'll see what happens."