Eagles continue winning ways

Senior Travis Ishikawa was 3-3 with a home run, his eighth of the season, and three runs scored as the Eagles made quick work of Spanaway Lake, 10-0 in six innings on Monday. The game was cut short because of a 10-run mercy rule.

“I like the way we’re swinging it,” said Federal Way coach Eric Fiedler. “Defensively, we set the tone in the first inning.”

Junior pitcher Brett Davis earned the shutout win to improve to 2-0 on the season while the Eagles kept hold of first place in the South Puget Sound League.

Junior Terry Bishop pitched an inning of relief and struck out two.

“It felt really good, especially after getting the first inning under my belt,” Davis said. “It’s been a while since I pitched.”

Davis also hit his first home run of the season to lead off the fourth inning.

The Eagles’ pitching depth will be tested this week as they have five games in five days. Shea McFeely and Kenny Yun are Federal Way’s top starters, with Ishikawa, Davis and Bishop all expected to see action on the mound.

“Davis and Bishop have to throw for us this week,” Fiedler said. “They looked great today. It bodes well for this week and next year.”

Testing young pitchers in the regular season will benefit Federal Way in the playoffs. Last season the Eagles relied on just two pitchers — Nick Batkoski, now playing at UW, and McFeely — through the entire postseason, since games were spaced far enough apart.

“Last year was a fluke,” Fiedler said. “You gotta have more than two guys to get through the playoffs.”

In Monday’s game against Spanaway Lake, Ishikawa led off the game with a double, advanced to third on Greg Washington’s ground out, then scored when McFeely grounded out. The Eagles scored a run in the second inning after Thomas Watts earned a walk, then scored on Davis’ double.

They broke the game open in the third. Ishikawa led off with his home run. McFeely followed one batter later with a double. McFeely advanced to third when Kenny Yun singled. Yun stole second base, and McFeely scored on a wild throw trying to get Yun at second. Yun scored when Brandon Goff hit a double down the third base line.

“It’s good to be playing again,” Ishikawa said, referring to a two-week span where rain delays kept most high school teams off the field. “Those two weeks got us off our tune. We’ve picked up the intensity the past few games and hope we can keep it going to seal up league and into the playoffs.”

Federal Way tacked on four runs in the fourth inning. After Davis’ lead-off home run, Ishikawa singled then stole second. Washington worked the count for a walk. McFeely hit an RBI single. Yun followed with a 2 RBI double.

The Eagles finished off Spanaway Lake in the sixth. After Bishop reached base on an error, senior center fielder Andre Piper-Jordan hit an RBI double that ended the game.

It was the third win in a row following last Wednesday’s loss to Puyallup, the Eagles’ first loss of the season.

Federal Way responded with a win over Curtis on Friday and a win against Rogers on Saturday.

The victory over Spanaway Lake on Monday was the perfect way to start the five-game week.

“It’s going to test the stability and mental toughness of our pitching staff,” Ishikawa said. “We have a great pitching coach in Danny Graham. He’ll have us well prepared. We’ve got depth at pitching so we should be all right.”

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