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Eagls roll to fourth South title in a row

By CASEY OLSON

Sports editor

The Federal Way Eagles continue to dominate the South Puget Sound League South Division. For the fourth-straight season, the Eagles can call themselves the SPSL South champions.

Federal Way clinched the South in style, with a 5-0 shutout of the second-place Curtis Vikings on Tuesday. The win improved the Eagles to 13-1 in league play and dropped Curtis to 9-5 with just two games remaining. Federal Way actually clinched the division title on Monday, thanks to a 10-6 win by Thomas Jefferson over Curtis.

“We did it again, somehow,” said coach Eric Fiedler. “With this group of kids, their talents are not quite as obvious as the previous two years have been. Those players were very imposing. They were very popular and well-known kids. This year we are not quite as big as we’ve been. But we’ve worked hard for what we’ve got this year.”

Against Curtis, it was senior Brett Davis that proved to be the difference. The right-hander improved to 6-0 on the year by throwing a complete-game, two-hitter for the Eagles. Davis had a no-hitter through six and a third innings against the second-place team in the league and was also 2-for-3 with an RBI.

“He’s been our horse on the mound,” said Fiedler. “We’ve had the last three players of the year in the SPSL South and he has swung it well, too. He is hitting over .300 and we throw him against the best teams and he has performed.”

Federal Way’s tallied two runs in the bottom of the third, two more in the fourth and added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Senior Terry Bishop hit a home run and Mitch Harrison finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

The Eagles play their final game of the regular season on Monday against Emerald Ridge.

“This team has won this year with pitching, defense and team speed,” Fiedler said. “We don’t swing it very well. I think we are seventh in the league in batting average, but our speed really helps us get runs.”

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