Federal Way faces rematch with Auburn

The Federal Way baseball team earned a return ticket to the state baseball tournament with a 9-5 win over Capital on Saturday.

The Eagles play Auburn — an 8-4 winner over Stadium — in the first round of the state playoffs at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kent Memorial Park. The winner of that game plays again at 6 p.m. against the winner of the Curtis vs. Kamiak game. The winner advances to the state semi-finals at Cheney Stadium on May 24.

Against Capital, Federal Way senior pitcher Shea McFeely struck out 12 batters and allowed just two hits and one run in six innings of work to earn the win.

“Shea has been dominant on the mound,” Fiedler said. “He’s added a few miles per hour to his fastball because he’s been well rested this year. Danny Graham, our pitching coach, has our pitchers peaking physically right now. Shea is really throwing the ball as well as I’ve seen him throw in three years.”

Federal Way trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the third inning, but tied the game with one run in the third. The Eagles broke the game open with six runs in the fourth to take a 7-1 lead.

“They had a pitcher who was side-arming that was a little bit different than we’re used to,” Federal Way coach Eric Fiedler said. “As a team we talked about how we’d have to make adjustments the first time the batters faced him, but the second time around we’ll probably be able to get to him. And we did.”

McFeely was 2-3 with a double, Yun was 2-4, Brandon Goff was 2-3 and Donny Farris was 2-3.

McFeely, who improved to 7-0 as a pitcher, will start the game on the mound against Auburn on Saturday. McFeely and the Eagles beat Auburn 11-2 back on May 4 for the SPSL championship.

“I think it’s to Auburn’s advantage to play us again,” Fiedler said. “They’ve seen us once already. Nothing we’ll do will surprise them.”

It’s the fourth time in the past two years Federal Way has played Auburn.

“They can swing the bat very well,” Fiedler said. “We need to start out relaxed. The first time we played them it felt like we got behind before we settled down. You can’t always get away with that against a team like Auburn. I think it will be to our advantage to have an uneventful first few innings. I have to problem with a 0-0 score after three innings.”

Still, if the Eagles are to defend their state championship, they need to put some runs on the board.

“We’re going to have to have a big weekend with the bats to advance,” Fiedler said. “We can’t expect Shea to hold everybody to one or two runs.”

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