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Eagles play Kentridge tonight for SPSL title

By CASEY OLSON

Sports editor

The Federal Way Eagles dropped their final South Puget Sound League South Division baseball game Monday to the Emerald Ridge Jaguars, 8-4. The loss meant the Eagles finished the season with a 14-2 record, but it didn’t drop Federal Way out of first place in the SPSL South.

The Eagles secured their fourth-straight South title last week with a win over second-place Curtis.

Federal Way now advances to the SPSL Tournament tonight at Kent Memorial Park. The Eagles will take on the Kentridge Chargers at 7:30 p.m. for the SPSL championship and the 19-team league’s No. 1 seed to the Regional Tournament on May 17. The loser of the game will get the No. 2 seed.

“They are a very, very good team,” said coach Eric Fiedler. “We got a chance to watch them play last week. Kentridge is a very solid defensive team and offensively they are as aggressive of a team as we have seen all year.”

The Chargers are the ninth-ranked team in the Class 4A state rankings with a 13-4 record, while the Eagles are ranked sixth at 14-3.

Tonight’s matchup should pit two of the better all-around players in the SPSL against each other. Fiedler will be starting undefeated senior Brett Davis on the mound and Kentridge should counter with senior righthander Kevin Corrigan, who also leads the North Division in hitting.

“He is a guy that touches 90 (mph),” said Fiedler. “He has a slight build, but throws real well.”

Tonight’s game is the fourth year in a row the Eagles have earned a bid into the SPSL championship game. Federal Way beat Kentridge in 2001 and downed Auburn last year. The 2000 game was rained out.

“It’s nice to play in the game, but it doesn’t make us any less anxious about it,” Fiedler said.

The Kentridge-Federal Way game is the fourth game at Kent Memorial today. Auburn (North #4) takes on Puyallup (South #3) at 10 a.m., Tahoma (North #3) plays Spanaway Lake (South #4) at 1 p.m. and Enumclaw (North #2) battles Curtis (South #2) at 4 p.m.

“From top to bottom the North is probably the best conference in the state,” Fiedler said. “I think all four of the teams are all capable of winning the league title.”

Against Emerald Ridge, the Eagles took a quick lead with two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but that didn’t last long. The Jaguars tallied four runs in the top of the second to take the 4-2 lead.

Federal Way scored one more in the third to cut the lead to one, but that was as close as the Eagles would get.

Emerald Ridge tallied one in the fourth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh. Federal Way tried to comeback with one in the seventh.

Davis was the lone hitting star for the Eagles. The senior hit a home run. Sophomore Andrew Conklin started the game on the mound for Federal Way.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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