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Logjam at top of SPSL South
By CASEY OLSON
It just wasnt meant to be for the Todd Beamer baseball team Tuesday night. The Puyallup Vikings and their ace, Ryan Graves, shut down the Titans offense on their way to a 5-2 win under the lights of the Heritage Recreation Center. The win gave the Vikings the inside track at the South Puget Sound League South Divisions No. 1 seed. Puyallup, Jefferson and Beamer are all tied atop the division with four losses apiece. But the Vikings (14-4) own the tiebreaker over both teams after sweeping TJ and Beamer in the regular season. If all three win out, they will share the SPSL South championship.
We had our chances, but they just got it done, said Beamer head coach Jerry Peterson. We are in the playoffs and thats all that matters.
The Titans (15-4) played their final SPSL South regular season game last night against Decatur (after press time). The SPSL Tournament will be played May 6 at Kent Memorial Park with the top-four teams from the North and South divisions qualifying.
Graves was a little too much for the Beamer offense to handle Tuesday night. The senior threw a complete game, giving up eight hits. But the Titans still had plenty of opportunities to get to Graves.
After a two-run home run by Puyallups Jace Sloan in the bottom of the first, Beamer tied the game on a solo home run by Logan Capp and an RBI single by Adam Capp in the second and third innings.
Puyallup tallied a single run in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-2 lead, but the Titans missed out on a huge opportunity to blow the game open in the top of the fourth. Graves loaded the bases with no outs thanks to a leadoff double by Kyle Murray, Elliot McFeely getting hit by a pitch and a single by Adam Capp.
Graves then struck out Brian Corliss and Logan Capp and got out of the jam on a ground-ball out by Matt Hart.
Graves is their ace and he was solid, Peterson said.
Puyallup went on to score two more runs in the sixth the first coming on Sloans second home run of the game.
Jefferson (14-4) clinched a postseason berth and kept pace with Puyallup and Beamer with a solid 7-0 shutout of the Rogers Rams Tuesday at TJ. The Raiders are now just playing for seeding.
Senior catcher Jason Summers connected on a pair of solo home runs and shortstop Tood Muecklisch blasted a two-run homer in the second inning.
Travis Warnock picked up with the on the mound by throwing five innings of three-hit ball.
The Federal Way Eagles (9-9) lost a pair of huge games Tuesday to Emerald Ridge, 8-5, and Thursday to Rogers. The losses dropped the Eagles into fifth place and out of the playoff mix in the SPSL South.
Decatur (8-10) was also eliminated from the playoffs despite a 5-3 win over Graham-Kapowsin Tuesday. Brad Carter threw a complete-game and also finished 2-for-4. Catcher John Giese was 4-for-5 and Greg Sharp finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs.