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Eagles clinch SPSL south

The Federal Way baseball team won its third consecutive South Puget Sound League, South Division championship after defeating Jefferson 8-4 on Tuesday.

“It feels good to win three in a row,” Federal Way coach Eric Fiedler said. “I really did (expect it). Anything less than competing for the league title, with the talent we have, would have been disappointing. Hopefully we’re not done with this year. I see us as an unfinished product right now.”

Team members on all three SPSL South championship teams include seniors Shea McFeely, Travis Ishikawa, Donny Farris and Kenny Yun

“I’m kind of running out of things to say about the senior class,” Fiedler said. “They’ve been instrumental in all three (championships).”

“As a sophomore, I knew who was coming up and what we could do,” Farris said. “I knew we could take it to them (the league). It’s been nice.”

Federal Way (14-1) followed with a 14-2 win over Decatur on Wednesday (see story on page A7) and came from behind to beat Emerald Ridge 8-7 on Thursday thanks to Brandon Goff’s game-winning RBI.

The SPSL tournament starts May 4. Federal Way plays against the winner of the SPSL North Division, which will be either Auburn (9-4), Kentwood (8-4) or Enumclaw (7-4).

Federal Way 8, Jefferson 4

In Tuesday’s game, the Eagles scored five runs in the top of the first inning, including a grand slam by sophomore rightfielder Thomas Watts.

“I was just up there to hit,” Watts said. “He gave me a good pitch and I took it opposite field.”

The shot was Watts’ second home run of the season and his first grand slam of his high school career.

“I love it,” Watts said of playing for the Eagles. “There’s real good senior leaders. We want to win state. We have a good shot.”

Yun threw a complete game and struck out five batters to earn the win. Jefferson, which also lost to Rogers 5-2 on Thursday, fell to 4-11 on the season.

After the first inning, Jefferson out-scored Federal Way 4-3, but the damage had been done.

In the first inning, Ishikawa was hit by a pitch, Greg Washington hit a double and McFeely was intentionally walked to load the bases. Yun hit an RBI single, followed by Watts’ grand slam.

Jefferson got on the score board in the second inning when Jared Tackett singled, then went to third on an error. He scored on Jamie Nilsen’s sacrifice fly to center field.

In the third inning, Federal Way’s Brandon Goff led off the inning with a double, then went to third on Watts’ base hit. Farris earned an RBI with a fly out to right field. Brett Davis earned a walk, then Ishikawa hit a two-RBI double that put Federal Way up 8-2.

Jefferson added one more run in the fifth inning when Elliott Wilson reached base on an error, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a ground out by Danny Clark.

Jefferson scored two more runs in the seventh inning. Nilsen led off with a walk, then Rick Aholelei came into the game as a pinch hitter and came through with a double as Nilsen was thrown out at home. Wilson was walked, then he and Aholelei scored on Clark’s double.

Jefferson’s Clark was 3-4 with two RBIs and a stolen base. Tackett and Johnny Wolf were 1-3 while Cody Whitney was 1-2 at the plate for the Raiders.

Jefferson’s Walker pitched two innings of relief. After walking the first batter he faced, he registered six consecutive outs, including three strikeouts in the fifth inning. Chris Evans gave up just one hit and struck out two in two innings of work. Combined, Walker and Evans gave up one walk and one hit and struck out five while holding the Eagles scoreless in the last four innings of the game.

Jefferson hosts Spanaway Lake at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 29 at Jefferson.

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