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Sports Gravy: Rain delays don't cool hot teams

" A total of 15 area high school games were rescheduled because of rain, and we're not even halfway through the spring season yet. That leads me to only one conclusion: We need to cover the entire city of Federal Way with a retractable roof. We could follow the blueprints for Safeco Field, just multiply the dimensions by 5,000. To save electricity, mules could pull a giant tarp over Federal Way like a warm blanket. Then we could all go back to sleep and forget this Spring forward nonsense. Local high school teams are hot right now, and I don't want a few rain delayed games to throw water on their fire. It's hard to get ready for a game, then have it cancelled because of rain, Federal Way fastpitch coach Mark Cole said. It turns all the coaches into weather men. The Federal Way fastpitch team hasn't been slowed by a few sprinkles. They are undefeated, most recently beating Decatur 13-1 on Friday. It's a team approach and all the players are doing well, stepping up at different times, Cole said. It's a team win. A week ago the Eagles beat Emerald Ridge in a rescheduled game that lasted 11 innings, then stayed awake long enough to beat Jefferson the next day. It's tough to play back to back games without a rest, Cole said. But it's something where the entire league is in the same boat. Did he say boat? Maybe the weather forecasting coaches know something we don't. The Decatur girls tennis team, which has already faced two rain delays, is undefeated and plays unbeaten Rogers tonight. That is, if they don't experience torrential downpours that require a squeegee to clear the court. The game will go a long way in deciding the South Puget Sound League champion, with both Rogers and Decatur boasting 5-0 league records entering the contest. The Gators' latest win was a 4-1 victory over Federal Way on Thursday. Decatur's Joanna Rice and Sirrah Williams, who teamed up as doubles state champions last year, picked up wins in their singles matches against the Eagles. Decatur's doubles teams of Becca Camarda and Monica Loera-Sanchez and Suzanne Hitztaler and Carissa Campbell also won their matches. The Decatur soccer team has played through the stormy weather to first place in the SPSL. The Gators beat Spanaway Lake 8-0 on Saturday, with eight different players scoring goals. Kyle Bressler and Kile Peloza shared the shut out as keepers. The Gators are undefeated with six wins and a tie. The Gators seek revenge against Rogers, the team they tied in the first game of the season, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Sparks Stadium. The Federal Way baseball team (see story to the right) is in first place in its league. The team is now completely healthy after the return of Nick Batkoski and Donny Farris. Other players to watch include Brady Everett, Jason Clark, Travis Ishikawa and Shea McFeely. Inside the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center last weekend, divers at the Junior Winter Region 10 Championships were safely out of the rain, but equally wet. Decatur sophomore diver David Nadeau finished strong in eighth place on both the 1-meter and 3-meter spring boards. He missed advancing to West Junior National Diving Championships by just two spots. Decatur junior diver Christina Hussong didn't advance to Nationals, but finished in the top 10 in both the 1-meter and 3-meter spring board. The Federal Way track team is also dominating opponents. The Eagles are led by state-level performances, including the boys 1,600 relay team and the girls 800 relay. The team's next meet is at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Federal Way Memorial Field. Weather permitting. "

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