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Federal Way stays unbeaten in SPSL South

By CASEY OLSON

Sports editor

The Federal Way Eagles just keep on rolling. They remained unbeaten in the South Puget Sound League South Division with a solid 7-3 victory over the Emerald Ridge Jaguars on Thursday.

Federal Way now sits at 7-0 in league play.

The win sets up a huge game in the SPSL South tomorrow when Federal Way travels to Curtis to make up a rainout from April 8. Both Curtis and Federal Way are unbeaten in league play. The Eagles take on Rogers on the road today.

“The South is very competitive,” said Federal Way coach Eric Fiedler. “There is not really a day off with anybody.”

Against the Jaguars, the Eagles bolted out to a 7-0 lead. Emerald Ridge’s only runs came in the bottom of the seventh. Kyle Henselman picked up the victory on the mound for the Eagles, throwing the first six innings.

Federal Way scored a single run in the first, two in the fifth and four in the seventh. Second baseman Greg Washington was the hitting hero for the Eagles. The senior was 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. Senior centerfielder Andre Piper-Jordan finished 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and an RBI, Henselman helped himself out by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Matt Vlahovich was 2-for-3 with a run.

Decatur

The Decatur Gators suffered a blow to their playoff run on Thursday with a 7-1 loss to the Puyallup Vikings. The loss drops the Gators to 4-3 in South Puget Sound League South Division play and moves them into a third-place tie with Puyallup. Three teams from the South advance to the SPSL playoffs.

Decatur gave up four runs in the bottom of the first to the Vikings and couldn’t recover on Thursday. Decatur’s lone run came in the third inning.

Puyallup pounded out 12 hits, compared to seven by Decatur. Jay Walkup finished 2-for-3 and Ryan Hendrickson was also 2-for-3.

Jefferson

The Thomas Jefferson Raiders suffered through a tough Spring Break week. The Raiders dropped a pair of South Puget Sound League South Division games to Rogers and Emerald Ridge. The two losses dropped the Raiders to 3-5 in SPSL South play.

Jefferson’s toughest loss came Thursday to Rogers. The Rams scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to win the game 7-6.

The Raiders held a 6-4 lead entering the final inning thanks to clutch hitting from Tyler Walker and Jamie Nilsen. The two seniors each banged out a three-run home run during the loss. Walker finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Nilsen was 1-for-3 with three RBIs.

Both home runs came in the first two innings to give Jefferson a commanding 6-0 lead. But the Rams fought back with four runs in the top of the third inning. Kyle Nunley picked up the loss on the mound for the Raiders.

Emerald Ridge 7, Jefferson 5

The Raiders gave up another big inning on Friday during a 7-5 loss to the Emerald Ridge Jaguars. Jefferson gave up six runs in the top of the fifth inning.

The six-run fifth gave the Jaguars a commanding 7-1 lead over Jefferson. But the Raiders fought back with one run in the fifth, three in the sixth and one more in the sixth to fall just short.

The Raiders actually outhit Emerald Ridge nine to seven. Walker was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and third baseman Bryan Mine was 2-for-3.

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