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Summer soccer season kicks off page B-2 Thursday, July 3, 2014 -Mason County Journal - Page B-1 Climbers host hoops camp page B-3 ...... , Journal photos by Emily Hanson ABOVE: Britney Chamberlin bats for Shelton Athletic Club on June 26 at Mason County Recreation Area during the team's Cascade League adult co-ed softball game against Camco. BELOW: Shelton Athletic Club first baseman James Drywater gets Camco runner Adam Beeler out at first. Late runs win it Sheton Athletic Club bats out of a sixth-inning tie game By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounO/ corn A late RBI double by Chad Johnson was the differ- ence for Shelton Athletic Club (SAC) last week. The squad beat Camco 8-6 in the Cascade adult co-ed sol, ball league match June 26 at Mason County Recreation Area. '%Ve're a very confident team," said SAC team man- ager Dustin Olson. '%Ve try not to get nervous and try to just play the game." SAC took a solid lead in the first inning with five runs on eight hits. Sean Howland opened scoring with a two-run home run, bringing in Olson. That got SAC's bats swinging. Anne Johnson and James Drywater knotched consecutive doubles, and then Corrie Bell's triple. Drywater brought in Johnson, while Bell scored Drywater. Chad Johnson brought Bell in with a single. Camco responded with one run in the bottom of the first. Judy Miklethun brought in Chad Mentzer with the help of two SAC errors. Olson scored again for SAC in the top of the second on a single by Howland. Camco once again responded with one run. Brook Hunter led off the bottom of the second inning with a triple and was brought in by Brandon Wright's result- ing single. In the third, Camco tightened the gap with three runs. Lead-off batter Adam Beeler hit a double, as did Nicole Young (who batted in Beeler), and Mentzer (who brought Young in). An SAC error allowed Men- tzer to advance to third base. He then scored on Miklethun's single. Down 6-5 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, Mentzer hit a double and then scored on Thor Dobson's single and an SAC error to tie the game. Drywater scored on Chad Johnson's double in the top of the sixth to give SAC a 7-6 lead. Then Fisher brought Bell in with a single and a Camco error. Olson said SAC is a solid team, with most of the athletes playing together for the past four years. SAC went undefeated in the Cascade League last year and the year before. '%Ve're having fun," Olson said. The Cascade League plays at 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Callanan Park and Mason County Recreation Area. FLY ON THE SIDELINE Shelton School District made right choice " t's tough growing up in a family that , doesn't have enough money. This is a difficulty many families in Shelton experience. It's also one I know about firsthand, having grown up in a large family in Lacey. That was part of why I didn't partici- pate in sports. I couldn't By EMILY afford HANSON the pay-to-play fee at Tim- berline. I also wasn't very athletic, but if it hadn't been for monetary concerns, I might have suited up and tired more sports. That's what makes me so glad the Shelton School Board eliminated its $60 pay-to-play per athlete per sport fee. At best, the fee was a monetary supplement for the athletic department, mostly used to cover trav- el expenses. At worst, it was a hin- derance to students who wanted to play sports but felt they couldn't afford to. In an ideal world, all students would have the same advantages and opportunities. By law, they're required to receive an education, but money, or the lack thereof, often results in students with the same abilities receiv- ing quite different experi- ences. I consider participating in sports to be part of a student's education. Sports teaches students to be competitive, strive for success, work together and, we hope, to be gra- cious losers. Those are all skills needed in the world out- side of school, but not necessarily skills that can be taught in a class- room. By eliminating the pay-to-play fee, the school board has taken an important step toward leveling the educational playing field for all stu- dents. I hope the elimination of this fee results in high- er participation levels for all Shelton sports. And who knows? Maybe an unknown athletic star who couldn't afford to play before will find his or her place now that this hurdle has been cleared.