Dacatur, Claar keep rolling in SPSL South


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Kelly Claar just keeps mowin’ ‘em down.

The senior righthander continued her dominance of the South Puget Sound League South Division Friday by shutting out second-place Spanaway Lake, 3-0, on just two hits.

But the bigger story of the day was Claar’s ability to sit down Sentinel hitters at a record rate.

For the second time in two weeks, Claar broke the Decatur High School single-game strikeout record by fanning 19 in just seven innings. Claar broke her own record of 18 strikeouts, which she did twice two weeks ago in back-to-back games against Curtis and first-place Thomas Jefferson.

The victory over Spanaway Lake, coupled with an 8-2 win over Rogers on Thursday, improved the Gators to 9-5 in the SPSL South. Jefferson sits atop the South with a 10-2 record, followed by Spanaway Lake at 8-4. Decatur occupies the third spot.

Claar, who led the SPSL South in strikeouts last season with166 in 16 games, is way out in front this year. In 2003, Claar is on a pace to break that school record. Through April 21, she led the division with 122 strikeouts. Second-place Katie Michaels of Curtis had 49 strikeouts.

Against Spanaway Lake, the Gators tallied one run in the bottom of the first and two more in the fourth. Rachel Painter finished 2 for 3 with two of Decatur’s three RBIs, and third baseman Breanna Klasen was 2 for 3 with a triple. The Gators tallied eight hits on the day to Spanaway Lake’s two.

Decatur 8, Rogers 2

The Decatur Gators stayed hot in the South Puget Sound League South Division with an 8-2 victory over the Rogers Rams on Thursday. The win improved the Gators to 8-5 in league play.

Claar was dominant on the mound again for the Gators. Claar allowed only three hits to Rogers’ hitters and was also 2-for-4 with a triple at the plate. The win was Claar’s eighth of the season.

Other hitting highlights for the Gators came from Painter, who was 2-for-3, Kaitlin Bailey, who finished 2-for-3, and Lauren Morales finished 1-for-3 with a double.

Decatur scored a single run in the top of the second, four in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the seventh.


The Jefferson Raiders enacted a little bit of revenge on Thursday with a dominating 7-1 victory over the Curtis Vikings.

Curtis gave the Raiders one of their two South Puget Sound League South Division losses earlier this year – Decatur was the other.

The win improved Jefferson to 10-2 in league play and 11-2 overall.

Ashley Osman picked up her seventh win of the season by striking out eight and walking nobody.

“She was backed by an outstanding defense that allowed only one run,” said coach Tara Bacher.

The Jefferson offense was led by Jessica Rakestraw, who finished with a triple and three RBIs. Senior catcher Tawnya Guthrie went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, senior Chelsea Hunt finished 2-for-3 with two runs and Amanda Herrera tallied two RBIs.

Federal Way

The Federal Way Eagles lost another tough one on Friday to the Puyallup Vikings, 6-5. The Vikings tallied one run in the bottom of the seventh to earn the South Puget Sound League victory.

Federal Way fought back in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 5-5 after giving up five runs in the bottom of the third. The loss drops the Eagles to 2-9 in SPSL South action.

Federal Way’s Tiffany Jones finished 2-for-4 at the plate.

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