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TJ baseball blasts Beamer to pull into first-place tie
By CASEY OLSON
The battle for first place in the South Puget Sound League South Division baseball standings wasnt much of a battle Tuesday afternoon at Thomas Jefferson High school.
The Thomas Jefferson Raiders rolled over Beamer, 17-7, to create a three-way tie atop the SPSL South. Beamer, TJ and Puyallup all sit 10-3 in league play. But the win gave TJ the tiebreaker over Beamer if the two teams should have the same record at seasons end. The Raiders beat the Titans earlier this year.
Jefferson jumped all over Beamer in the first two innings, rolling out to an 11-0 lead after five runs in the bottom of the first and six more in the second.
The Titans fought back with six runs in the top of the fourth, thanks to a three-run home run by senior Jeremy Miller, and a single run in the fifth to tighten the score to 11-7. Beamer had an huge opportunity to score more runs in the fifth when they loaded the bases with only one out. But TJ reliever Kyle Krzyznieski struck out Miller and got cleanup hitter Cole Bixenman to fly out to left field, ending the threat.
Jefferson, who is trying to win its first SPSL South baseball title in the 37-year history of the school, then tallied five more runs in the bottom of the fifth to put the game out of reach.
Senior catcher Jason Summers ended the game via the 10-run mercy rule with a lead-off home run in the sixth. The homer was Summers third of the season. He has already signed a letter of intent to play baseball next year at the University of Washington and finished 2-for-3 with four runs and an RBI.
Rico Adams finished the game with three RBIs, Jarett Jackson was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, Krzyznieski and Brandon Lee both had two RBIs and Jeff Plute finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a double for TJ.
Beamers offense was led by Miller, who ended the game 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Brian Corliss finished 2-for-3 with a run and RBI, and Matt Hart tallied two RBIs for Beamer.
Jeffersons thrashing of the Titans came just one day after the 6-6 Decatur Gators put a beating of their own on TJ. Decatur needed only five innings to down the Raiders, 16-4, Monday.
Decatur pounded out 17 hits, including home runs by Alex Bailey and Brock Gates. The Gators big inning came in the second when they scored 10 runs, highlighted by Baileys grand slam. Gates followed with a two-run homer in the third.
Gates finished 2-for-3 with four RBIs, Cory Peeler was 4-for-4 with four RBIs and Brad Reid was 3-for-4 with three runs for the Gators. Reid also got the win on the mound, throwing all five innings and striking out eight.
But the Gators couldnt make it two in a row Tuesday.
Federal Way High Schools Andy Racus connected on a grand slam in the top of the eighth to give the Eagles a 5-2, extra-inning win over Decatur. Federal Ways Donny McConnaughey outdueled Decaturs Brad Carter. Both threw complete games, but McConnaughey allowed only three hits and struck out eight. Carter allowed seven hits.
The victory moved the Eagles to 7-5 in the SPSL South and puts them in fifth place.
The Thomas Jefferson Raiders remained in a tie for second place with a pair of victories over Decatur and Beamer Monday and Tuesday. The wins improved the Raiders to 8-3.
Kristi Sigafoos was the hero during a six-inning, 16-3 win over Beamer Tuesday. The second baseman finished 3-for-5 with seven RBIs and two home runs. Sigafoos connected on a three-run homer in the third and followed with a grand slam in the sixth. Jayme Carbon finished 4-for-4 with an RBI and Brittany Still picked up the win on the mound and also went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for TJ. Beamer senior Jade Clare continued her solid offensive season by going 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in the third inning.
Beamer (7-5) did beat Bethel on Monday, 7-5. Clare was 4-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.
The Decatur Gators remained alone in first place in the SPSL South with a 3-0 shutout of Emerald Ridge Tuesday night. The win improved the Gators to 4-0-0, two points ahead of second-place Curtis (3-0-1).
Decatur got goals from Dominick Dedaj, Brian Trantina and Kevin Day and Sean McKenzie got the shut out in net.
Jefferson improved to 3-1-0 with a 2-0 win over Bethel Tuesday. The Raiders got goals from Jon Harper and Derek Moore.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, email@example.com