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Humes, Faber power Gators psat FW

By CASEY OLSON

Sports editor

Things were a little different this time around for the Decatur Gator baseball team.

After being thrashed 18-0 in their first meeting of the season, the Gators used a two-run, walk-off, extra-inning home run by center fielder Warren Faber and a complete-game two-hitter by junior left hander Ross Humes to down the Eagles, 3-1, Tuesday afternoon.

The loss was Federal Way’s second in a row after they started the season 10-0.

“We are really starting to play a lot better,” said Decatur coach Steve Murphy. “We are playing together as a group and not a bunch of individuals.”

With the game tied at 1-1 entering extra innings, Humes held the Eagles scoreless in the top of the eighth. Setting the stage for Faber’s blast.

Junior Jordan Bley drew a one-out walk off Federal Way reliever Doug Lottes. Following another out, Faber came up and fouled off a pair of full-count pitches before connecting on the two-run homer over the centerfield fence at Decatur.

The Gators’ win over Federal Way was their first in five years against the four-time, defending South Puget Sound League South Division champion Eagles. The last time Decatur beat Federal Way was in May of 1999, when Humes was in sixth grade and Faber was in his first year of junior high.

“We kind of started kind of tough with Federal Way our first time around,” Murphy said about the 18-0, five-inning loss March 23. “We have been playing real well since then.”

A big part of that has been the pitching of Humes.

“He is rolling right now,” Murphy said. “He has just been lights out for us the last three games. He is making me look pretty good.”

During that stretch, the lanky left-hander is 3-0 with three complete games, in which he has given up a total of five hits.

Against the offensive-minded Eagles, Humes allowed only a pair of singles, both coming off the bat of Federal Way’s nine-hole hitter — catcher Peter Livingston.

Federal Way jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the second inning. Senior Thomas Watts walked and came around to score on one of five Decatur errors.

But the Gators fought back in the fifth, thanks to three walks from Federal Way starter Kyle Henselman. Included in those was a bases loaded free pass to Kevin Gibb, who finished 1-for-1 with the RBI.

Henselman threw the first five innings, before giving way to Lottes. Henselman struck out eight, but walked six Decatur hitters.

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

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