FW baseball faces rematch with Auburn

The Federal Way baseball team will defend last year’s state championship when it opens the state tournament today against Auburn.

The Eagles play Auburn at 11 a.m. at Kent Memorial Park.

The winner of that game plays tonight at 6 p.m. against the winner of the Curtis vs. Kamiak game.

The winner advances to the state semifinals at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma on May 24.

Federal Way and Auburn have played each other four times in the past two years. Most recently, the Eagles beat Auburn 11-2 on May 4 for the SPSL championship.

In that game, senior pitcher Shea McFeely struck out 10 and allowed four hits to earn the win.

McFeely, who is 7-0 as a pitcher, will start the game on the mound against Auburn on Saturday.

In last week’s game, 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,” Federal Way coach Eric Fiedler said last week. “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.”

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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