Gators beat Eagles in extra innings


Sports editor

In one of the better games of the season, the Decatur Gators remained the hottest team in the South Puget Sound League South Division with a 1-0, nine-inning victory over cross-town rival Federal Way Tuesday night.

Decatur’s Samantha Ganacias scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning on a Federal Way error to improve the Gators to 7-5 in the South. The loss dropped the Eagles to 2-8 in league play.

The Gators’ win was their second extra-inning victory over a rival school in the last week. Decatur downed first-place Thomas Jefferson April 16 in 10 innings, 3-2.

Against Federal Way, the Gators got more-than-solid pitching from a pair of hurlers. Sophomore Rachel Painter started her first game of the season and threw the first five innings before giving way to senior Kelly Claar. In total, Painter and Claar gave up just one hit in nine innings of work and struck out nine. Claar got the victory, which improved her season record to 7-5.

The Eagles’ pitcher, Tiffany Jones, was also impressive on the mound. Jones allowed only four Decatur hits and the one unearned run during her nine innings of work.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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