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Two games, two shut outs for Painter
By CASEY OLSON
Decatur senior pitcher Rachael Painter had quite a spring break on the mound.
The right-hander threw a pair of complete-game shutouts Monday and Tuesday in key South Puget Sound League South Division fastpitch games.
The Gators downed Curtis Tuesday, 2-0, and rolled by Beamer Monday afternoon, 4-0. The two wins improved Decatur to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the SPSL South. Jefferson, who handed the Gators their only loss of the season, sits in first place at 5-0, 3-0.
In their two victories last week, Painter threw 14 innings and allowed only seven hits. She also struck out 21 and, even more impressive, didnt walk a single hitter.
Rachael is throwing far better than last year and at the rate she is going she will break a lot of school records, said Decatur coach Mike Painter. The game against Curtis was huge for us and Im hopeful that we can keep the momentum going after spring break.
The Decatur offense, led by the 2-for-3 day of freshman Lindsay Bright, gave Painter all the run support she needed Tuesday with two runs in the bottom of the first inning against Curtis. Painter allowed only two hits while striking out 12.
Against Beamer, Painter allowed five hits and struck out nine. Kendal Nakashima finished 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and a triple.
The Thomas Jefferson Raiders (2-0-4) remained unbeaten on the season with a big 2-1 non-league win over cross-district rival Decatur (2-1-3) Wednesday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The two teams have combined to win the last six SPSL South boys soccer championships.
TJs Lamar Neagle was the goal-scoring star. The senior midfielder tallied both of the Raiders goals. Neagle, who missed the first three games of the season with an ankle injury and a visit to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, scored in the 32nd and 48th minute to put TJ up 2-0. Decaturs lone goal came from Skyler Nakashima in the 57th minute.
The SPSL South regular season kicks off Friday.
Beamer remained the hottest team in the SPSL South with three wins Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to move to 4-1 in league play. The streak included a 10-4 win over previously unbeaten Curtis Wednesday afternoon, a 3-0 shut out of Decatur Tuesday and an 8-2 win over Bethel Monday.
The victories move the Titans into a three-way tie in the SPSL South with Curtis and Puyallup. Federal Way sits a half game back at 3-1 after suffering their first loss of the season to Puyallup Monday, 18-6.
Beamers Carsten Bocchi had a solid week at the plate and on the mound. The junior was 6-for-7 in the three wins with a home run and four RBIs. He also moved to 2-0 on the mound with three shutout innings against Decatur.
Against Curtis, the Titans used a pair of two-run homers in the first two innings by Adam Capp and Jeremy Miller. Capp finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs. Dustin Martin picked up the win on the mound with six strong innings of work.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, email@example.com