Eagles in a strange spot: Second


Sports editor

Federal Way fell into second place in the South Puget Sound League South Division for the first time in recent memory Tuesday night. The Eagles, who are the defending four-time South champs, sit 11-3 in league play and 13-3 overall — one game back of Curtis — after splitting a pair of games Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Eagles’ loss, their third in four games, came Tuesday to the Puyallup Vikings, 13-8. Federal Way fought back with an 11-1 win Wednesday over Spanaway Lake.

“If we are going to hit a lull, I’d rather have it now,” said Federal Way coach Eric Fielder. “You would have to say Curtis is the favorite to win the league right now, but we still have a shot. We were in second place at midseason last year and kind of ran away with it in the end. We just need to get in a good groove.”

Puyallup scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase an 8-6 Federal Way lead. Brandon Turrell was 3-for-4 with a run, Nick Harteau was 2-for-4 with two runs and a double and Matt Vlahovich was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Eagles. Junior Jon Flood and senior Peter Livingston both hit home runs.

“It got a little crazy there (in the sixth inning),” Fiedler said. “We didn’t compete real well.”

But Federal Way got back on track with the easy 11-1, five-inning win over Spanaway Lake Wednesday. Flood threw all five innings, striking out six and allowing only one hit.

Flood also had the big blow offensively. The junior blasted a three-run, home run in the first inning and finished with four RBIs. Senior Kyle Henselman was 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and a solo homer in the third.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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