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Jefferson ready for playoff run, open with Riverside
By CASEY OLSON
After finishing the regular season with a 14-2 record and their second consecutive South Puget Sound League South Division championship, the Thomas Jefferson Raiders now start playing for real.
The Raiders open up the fastpitch postseason today against the 13-3 Auburn Riverside Ravens at Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway. The Raiders and Ravens play at 3:45 p.m.
Riverside finished as the second-place team in the SPSL North, behind the Enumclaw Hornets (14-2). Enumclaw takes on Decatur, also at 3:45 p.m. The winner of the Jefferson-Riverside game will play the winner of the Enumclaw-Decatur matchup at noon Saturday at Russell Road Park in Kent for the SPSLs No. 1-seed to the West Central District Tournament, which will be held at Sprinker May 23-24. The two losers will play at 10 a.m. at Russell Road.
The Raiders finished up the regular season with a solid 1-0 victory over the Emerald Ridge Jaguars on Thursday. Ashley Osman continued her strong season by throwing a one-hitter to earn her ninth win of the season without a loss. The win also kept Osmans high-school regular season career record perfect.
She threw a monster game, allowing only one hit in seven innings. said Jefferson coach Tara Bacher.
Osmans pitching dominance didnt turn into offensive dominance for the Raiders against Emerald Ridge.
Despite tallying eight hits, Jefferson didnt score a run until the sixth inning. Senior second baseman Chelsea Hunt laced a triple to right center to score Amanda Herrera from first base. The hit was Hunts second of the day. Jamie Salmon finished 2-for-3 on the game.
Federal Way finished the South Puget Sound League South Division season with a 7-3 loss to the Curtis Vikings on Thursday. The loss dropped the Eagles to 3-13 and ninth place in SPSL South play.
The Vikings scored all seven of their runs in their final two at-bats against the Eagles in an error-plagued game. The two teams combined for nine errors in seven innings, including four by the Eagles.
Federal Ways offense was only able to muster three hits against Curtis pitching and scored all three of their runs in the top of the sixth inning.