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District baseball teams blanked at SPSL tourney

Todd Beamer High School junior Kelvin Ketchum throws a pitch during Friday night’s South Puget Sound League Tournament game against the Tahoma Bears at Kent-Memorial Field. Tahoma beat the Titans, 6-3, to snare the league’s No. 3 seed into Saturday’s West Central District Tournament. Beamer will take on the SPSL champion Kentlake Falcons at Kent-Memorial at 11 a.m.  - Casey Olson/staff photo
Todd Beamer High School junior Kelvin Ketchum throws a pitch during Friday night’s South Puget Sound League Tournament game against the Tahoma Bears at Kent-Memorial Field. Tahoma beat the Titans, 6-3, to snare the league’s No. 3 seed into Saturday’s West Central District Tournament. Beamer will take on the SPSL champion Kentlake Falcons at Kent-Memorial at 11 a.m.
— image credit: Casey Olson/staff photo

The three Federal Way school district baseball teams didn’t fare too well at last weekend’s South Puget Sound League Tournament. Beamer, Jefferson and Federal Way were all beaten Friday.

Tahoma got by the Titans, 6-3, Emerald Ridge squeaked by Jefferson, 3-2, and Curtis beat the Eagles, 7-5.

The loss by the Eagles was the costliest. Curtis’ victory ended Federal Way’s season Friday at Heritage Park in Puyallup. The Vikings and Eagles both finished in fourth place in their respective divisions of the SPSL and only seven teams from the league advance into Saturday’s West Central District Tournament.

Curtis jumped all over Federal Way Friday in Puyallup. The Vikings tallied two runs in the first, one each in the second and third innings and scored three more in the bottom of the fourth to take a 7-2 lead. The Eagles attempted a late comeback with three runs of their own in the top of the fifth.

TJ Horsfall connected on a solo home run in the top of the second and freshman Nick Tanielu finished with two RBIs and a double. Horsfall suffered the loss on the mound.

The loss to Curtis was the Eagles’ third in a row after rolling off a seven-game win streak during the middle of the season. Federal Way finished 8-11 overall. Curtis advances to the district tournament as the SPSL’s seventh seed.

Beamer just couldn’t get anything going against Tahoma in a battle of the two second-place teams from the SPSL. The Bears (15-5) scored two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to overcome an early 2-1 Beamer lead.

The Titans outhit Tahoma, 9-6, and got two hits each from Ryan Beck, Sean Goforth, Kelvin Ketchum and Justin Lee. Lee also had a pair of RBIs and a double. Tahoma’s Mikey Coluccio finished 3-for-3 with four RBIs.

The victory earned Tahoma the SPSL’s third seed into the West Central District Tournament and the Titans will be the league’s fourth seed.

Beamer (14-5) will take on the SPSL champion Kentlake Falcons at 11 a.m. at Kent Memorial Field in a winner-to-state game. The Beamer-Kentlake loser will face the winner of a game between Jefferson and Central Kitsap, in a winner-to-state, loser-out game at 2 p.m.

The Raiders earned the matchup with Central Kitsap, the fourth seed from the Narrows League, by dropping a heart-breaker to Emerald Ridge Friday afternoon in Puyallup. Emerald Ridge and TJ both finished in third place in their respective SPSL divisions.

Emerald Ridge (14-6) tallied two runs in the top of the sixth inning to overcome a 2-1 Raider lead. Jefferson’s Jordan Beers was solid on the mound for TJ, but Emerald Ridge’s Tim Peterson limited the Raiders to just five hits in a complete-game victory.

Jerett Hardy had three of TJ’s hits and finished 3-for-3 with a home run.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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