Willis Williamson photo

Kamiah catcher Willis Williamson swung a fiery bat during the three post-season games KHS played last week, and his 10-for-12 tear led the Kubs to their first state tournament appearance since 2003. Pictured is Williamson escaping a run-down during Kamiah’s win over Prairie, with which KHS qualified for both the district title game and the state tournament.

OROFINO — Kamiah trailed Prairie for most of the contest Thursday, May 13, but in the top of the sixth, a couple of walks — including Dylan Weist’s work through a full count with two outs — set the table for a comeback. It ended up a 9-3 Kubs win, which secured the Kubs’ first state tournament qualification in recent memory.

After Weist reached, Bodie Norman beat out a grounder to the shortstop, loading the bases. Herschel Williamson followed with one that proved too tough for the Pirates’ second baseman, leaving the bases loaded while lifting Kamiah within 3-2. Willis Williamson followed with a two-run single, and Prairie never regained the lead.

Norman worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the sixth, and Kamiah tacked on five runs during the top of the seventh.

After taking a 1-0 lead, the Kubs slipped into a 1-1 tie during the bottom of the first, as Prairie used a Kubs error and singles by Reese Shears and Chase Kaschmitter to equalize.

Prairie added a run during the bottom of the second, with a sacrifice fly by Dalton Ross holding up as the go-ahead run until late in the game.

Prairie added insurance in the bottom of the fourth, when a two-out fly fell between two KHS outfielders in the left-center gap.

The Kubs went down in order during the top of the fifth, but Norman’s relief of starter Brady McLay kept Prairie in check during the bottom half. With a firm lead, McLay took over for Norman with one out in the seventh, starting and ending Kamiah’s win.

Genesee beat Kendrick 12-4 in the late game Thursday.