TJ fastpitch soars past Eagles

For the first two innings on Tuesday, the Federal Way fastpitch team kept the undefeated Jefferson team under control. It took Federal Way four batters to get three outs in the first inning, then retired the Raiders 1-2-3 in the second inning.

But the floodgates opened for Jefferson in the third inning.

“At the beginning of the games, sometimes it takes a while for us to get our hitting going,” Jefferson’s Natasha Lindsey said. “Then we put it all together.”

The Raiders came up with 11 runs in the third inning on the way to an 11-0 win.

“In the third things started clicking,” Jefferson coach Kevin Hanis said. “We started putting things together. It’s been falling into place for us at the right times this season. I guess each team has a personality, and that’s ours.”

Jefferson’s Val Crow was 3-3 with triple and an RBI, Rachel Girello was 2-3 with a double and 3 RBI, Ashley Osman was 3-3 with an RBI and Tawnya Guthrie was 1-2 with a triple and an RBI.

“We’re doing awesome,” Jefferson first baseman Erin Johnson said. “We’re hitting like crazy. Everybody’s doing their part. Hopefully we’ll make it to state. We want to get the first (fastpitch) banner in the gym. We talked about that the other day.”

Lindsey earned the win as pitcher to improve to 8-0 on the season.

“We’ve strung together outstanding pitching, hitting and fielding,” Hanis said. “Those are the three aspects of the game and they’re all clicking.”

Following last night’s game against Curtis, Jefferson has one game left in the regular season: against Spanaway Lake on Monday at Jefferson.

“We’re hoping to go undefeated and get the first league title in school history,” Lindsey said. “I think our chances for that are pretty good.”

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