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Federal Way punishes Jefferson to remain unbeaten

By CASEY OLSON

Sports editor

The Federal Way High School baseball team continued to roll through the South Puget Sound League South Division. The Eagles moved to 8-0 with a 15-1 drubbing of their crosstown rival, Jefferson, Friday.

“The kids were real excited to play,” said Federal Way coach Eric Fiedler. “We came out and crushed the ball. We had a good approach.”

That approach translated into a 14-run first inning for Federal Way. The Eagles used a two-run home run from Thomas Watts and a three-run shot from senior Doug Lottes during the inning. Watts’ home run was the centerfielder’s fourth in the Eagles’ eight games. It was Lottes’ second on the season.

Juniors Jon Flood and Andrew Conklin were also impressive on the mound for Federal Way. The pair combined to give up just one hit to the Raiders. Flood threw the first four innings, striking out six, before giving way to Conklin in the fifth.

“Flood threw really well from the second inning on,” Fiedler said. “He is kind of slow to get loose in the first inning.”

Jefferson got two runners on base in the top of the first, but couldn’t push any runs across the plate, setting up Federal Way’s 14-run outburst.

Offensively, Federal Way punished Jefferson pitching for 15 hits. Junior Nick Harteau finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs, senior Kyle Henselman was 2-for-3 with two doubles, Flood finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Mitch Jump was 2-for-3.

The loss drops TJ to 3-3 in the SPSL South and 4-4 overall. Jefferson will travel to Beamer tomorrow and to Curtis on Tuesday. Federal Way travels to Curtis tomorrow and to Decatur Tuesday.

The Eagles are going for their fourth SPSL South title in a row and are off to a pretty good first-half of the season.

“We are swinging the bat a little better than I thought we would,” Fiedler said. “But I thought that we would be playing a little better defense.”

Beamer

The Titans dropped under .500 on the season with a tough 4-3 loss to the Emerald Ridge Jaguars Friday. The loss drops Beamer to 3-4 on the season and 1-4 in the SPSL South.

The Titans jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Emerald Ridge tallied four runs in the first and second innings and held on for the win. Beamer tallied a run in the seventh to tighten the score.

The Titans’ Jeremy Miller was 4-for-4 and Kyle Krzyznieski was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

Decatur

The Gator baseball team withstood a six-run second inning to beat the the Spanaway Lake Sentinels Friday afternoon, 10-6. After Decatur tallied a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, Spanaway Lake exploded for six in the second. But the Gators chipped away with single runs in the second, third and sixth innings and five runs in the fifth.

Decatur was led by their two junior pitchers during the game. Jay Walkup threw the first five innings and struck out 12 and Ross Humes sat down five Sentinel hitters in his two innings of work.

Decatur shortstop Kyle Tait finished 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs, Kevin Gibb was 2-for-3, Jordan Bley was 2-for-2 with three runs and senior Warren Faber was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

The win improves the Gators to 3-5 overall and 3-3 in the SPSL South.

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