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Curtis gives Federal Way first loss

By CASEY OLSON

Sports editor

The Federal Way baseball team’s stint as the top-ranked Class 4A team in the state was a short one. The Eagles dropped their first game of the season Thursday to the second-place Curtis Vikings, 5-2.

The win pulls Curtis (8-2 overall, 6-2 in league) within one game of Federal Way (10-1, 8-1) entering the second half of the South Puget Sound League South Division season. The top-four finishers advance to the postseason.

Curtis used a hot hitter, Sean McNaughton, and a hot pitcher, Scott Deal, to hand the Eagles their first loss of the year.

McNaughton, a senior shortstop who will play baseball at Brigham Young University next year, had three hits, including a base-clearing three-run double during a four-run third inning. During the week, McNaughton was 8-for-9 with four home runs in three games.

Deal (3-1), a hard-throwing junior right-hander, struck out 10 Eagle hitters, walked four and allowed five hits.

During the third inning, Curtis used three-straight bunt singles to load the bases and set the stage for McNaughton’s double. The Vikings added a run in the fifth on an RBI single from Sean Dougherty (3-for-3). Curtis had 11 hits off Federal Way pitching.

The Eagle’s potent offense just couldn’t get anything going against Deal. Both of Federal Way’s runs came in the top of the seventh inning, one on an RBI groundout by Nick Harteau. Senior Kyle Henselman, who suffered the loss on the mound, had two of their five hits.

Federal Way played Decatur yesterday and take on Bethel today in SPSL South action. The Eagles meet Curtis again on the last day of the regular season — May 3.

Jefferson

The Raiders blew away the Todd Beamer Titans Thursday afternoon, 13-3. The win leaves Jefferson in a third-place tie in the SPSL South with Puyallup. Both teams sit 6-3 in South play.

The Raiders took advantage of six Beamer errors and pounded out 12 hits. Erik Fitzgerald went the distance on the mound for TJ, scattering five hits. Senior James Partridge finished 3-for-4 and sophomore Aaron Borth was 1-for-1 with two RBIs.

Dustin Martin had an RBI for Beamer (3-7, 1-7) and Kyle Krzyznieski had four strikeouts in four innings of work on the mound.

Decatur

The Gators lost a heartbreaker Thursday afternoon to the Puyallup Vikings, 6-5, in extra innings. Decatur seemed well on their way to beating Puyallup, leading 4-1 entering the seventh inning. But the Vikings tallied three runs in the top of the inning to tie the game at 4-4, sending it to extra frames.

Puyallup tallied two runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a 6-4 lead. Decatur came back with one run of their own in the bottom of the eighth.

The loss drops the Gators to 5-6 overall and 5-4 in SPSL South action — good for fifth place.

Junior left-hander Jay Walkup allowed only one Puyallup (6-3) run in the fifth, before the three-run seventh. Senior Warren Faber pitched the eighth and took the loss for the Gators.

Decatur’s Jordan Bley finished 1-for-2 with an RBI and Walkup was 2-for-4 with two runs and a two-run home run in the first inning.

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

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