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Jefferson drops two straight to Kentlake, Enumclaw
By CASEY OLSON
Thomas Jefferson's stay in the 2006 fastpitch postseason lasted about three hours on Tuesday afternoon. The Raiders (13-9) dropped two-straight games at the South Puget Sound League Tournament at Tukwila's Starfire Sports Complex, ending their solid year.
Kentlake and pitcher Felecia Harris shut out the Raiders in the opener, 9-0, and the Enumclaw Hornets dropped TJ out of the tournament with a 4-3 win in a loser-out game later in the night.
Harris was pretty much untouchable for the usually powerful Jefferson offense. The Raiders could only muster two hits and never really threatened against the second-place team from the SPSL North.
Kentlake (19-4) scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning, added a single run in the third and tallied three more in the sixth. Harris also finished 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs and a double and struck out eight on the mound. Jefferson didn't help themselves by committing four errors in the field.
The Raiders also fell behind early against Enumclaw. The Hornets pushed across three runs in the bottom of the first against TJ starting pitcher Jill Halvorson.
Jefferson fought back to tie the game with three runs of its own in the top of the fourth, thanks to a solo home run by sophomore catcher Shawntay Thong. But Enumclaw's Lexi Nichols connected on the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Hornets the 4-3 victory. Enumclaw's Emily Hall went the distance on the mound, allowing only three hits.
The Raiders and head coach Chad Fahnlander will return a bulk of their lineup next year, including Halvorsen and Thong. The biggest loss for TJ will be third baseman Kristi Sigafoos. The senior led the SPSL in hitting and also connected on five home runs. She also had seven multi-RBI games, including seven during a 16-3 win over Beamer on April 11.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, firstname.lastname@example.org