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Federal Way Knights win baseball tournament; TJs Soni will play in all-state game
For the Mirror
Blessed with speed, power and pitching, the Federal Way Knights are off to fast start this baseball season.
The under-12 Knights delivered an emphatic debut performance, devouring the competition to capture the three-day Enumclaw Memorial Day Tournament at Boise Creek Park.
The Knights capped an unbeaten trip through pool play by handling the CVAC Wildcats, 14-2, in the championship game on Monday afternoon behind Zac Koltermans complete-game, four-hit gem. He struck out 11, walked none, and allowed only six base runners in seven innings of work, the last six of which were scoreless for the Wildcats.
Kai Cerbana blasted an RBI triple and Jackson Wood and Dallin Havili each drove in a pair of runs for the Knights (6-0). Havili had a double.
To reach the finals, Federal Way rocked Newcastle in the morning semifinals, 14-1.
In six tournament games, the Knights outscored the opposition, 74-23, on the strength of seven home runs, 62 stolen bases and 41 combined strikeouts.
Kolterman and Brett Oyer led the Knights with two home runs apiece. Oyer knocked in a team-leading 11 RBIs. Each of the 14 players produced at least one hit over the weekend.
The Knights used 12 different pitchers, who combined to yield only 37 hits, 14 walks and no home runs.
In addition, the U-10 Knights dominated their division, winning all six of their games en route to the tournament title.
The annual East-West all-star football game will be played at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Everett Memorial Stadium. The game will feature 64 of the states best high school seniors from Class 4A and 3A.
Admission is $7 for adults and students.
Thomas Jefferson High School graduate Tanuj Soni will play for the West squad.
Soni was an All-South Puget Sound League first-team wide receiver during his senior year after catching 53 passes for 829 yards and seven touchdowns.
Oak Harbor head coach Dave Ward will coach the West team. Kentwood head coach Rex Norris will be one of the West squad assistant coaches.
Former Curtis High coach Bob Lucey will coach the East team. Luceys successor, Clay Angle and Curtis assistant and former Todd Beamer head coach, Jeff Housman, will help coach the East squad.