Eagles top Gators, 14-2

Federal Way sent 12 batters to the plate in the top of the second inning and came away with seven runs on eight hits, including three home runs, on its way to a 14-2 win over Decatur on Wednesday.

Shea McFeely earned the win as pitcher, throwing a complete game and striking out three. McFeely gave up nine hits, but allowed just two runs to score — the first two earned runs of the season for McFeely.

“He’s a competitor,” Federal Way coach Eric Fiedler said. “You get some pitchers who get blown out when they give up hits. It makes him mad, but he gets by.”

McFeely also went 3-4 at the plate, including two home runs —his second and third of the season. He scored three runs and had four RBIs.

“I just felt good swinging today,” McFeely said. “I always bat good off Decatur.”

Other Federal Way batters with multiple hits include Greg Washington, who was 3-5 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs; Donny Farris who was 3-4 with a double and two runs scored; Kenny Yun who was 2-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored and Thomas Watts, who was 3-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Watts is the lone sophomore on Federal Way’s team this season.

“He’s an important part of the line up,” Fiedler said. “It’s tough for a sophomore to come up and contribute in our league. But we’re in a position where we need him to. The thing that impressed me most is when he busted his tail off to get to first base on a ground ball to third.”

Watts was safe on the play in the fourth inning and earned an RBI.

Decatur came up with seven hits in the second and third innings, but came away with just two runs, leaving the bases loaded to end both innings.

The Gators scored their two runs in the third inning when Van Stralen, Mike Esbenshade and Lusebrink started the inning with consecutive base hits. Van Stralen scored on Lusebrink’s single. Tyler Olson singled to load the bases, then Britt worked a walk to score a run. The next two batters hit into outs to end the inning.

“We hit the ball well today, but we didn’t clutch up,” Housman said. “We made some good pitches, we just had a hard time keeping the ball in the yard today. We got ourselves in a hole and it takes us out of our game. We play small ball and we can’t do that when we’re down.”

Decatur pitcher Casey Foster came in with two out in the second inning and pitched five solid innings of relief, allowing just four hits and two runs.

Federal Way tacked on five more runs in the top of the seventh inning, topped by McFeely’s 3-run home run.

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