More than halfway into the league baseball scramble, Federal Way is in a familiar spot.
Since splitting a pair with its south neighbor, Todd Beamer, the Eagles have reeled off six wins, the latest a 6-2 victory at Auburn Mountainview on Monday night. The Eagles completed the series sweep, beating the Lions 3-0 back home on April 5.
Tyler Hoeft, a sophomore, overcame a bumpy first inning, settled in and tossed a four-hit, complete-game gem as the Eagles maintained a 1½-game over the rival Titans atop the North Puget Sound League Olympic Division race. Hoeft struck out six and walked three in a 94-pitch outing.
Federal Way, looking to repeat as division champion, improved to 7-1 in league, 8-4 overall.
Auburn Mountainview dropped to 5-3 and 5-8. The Lions play a pair of games against Auburn (2-5, 5-7) this week.
The Lions took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Hayden Byorick’s sacrifice fly and Grant Harris’ RBI single.
The Eagles took flight on Jaylen Proctor’s run-scoring triple in the second inning and Joshua Mears’ two-run homer in the third inning for a 3-2 lead.
Federal Way produced a run each in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to preserve the win. Brandham Ponce went 3 for 3, drilling three doubles and driving in two runs.
Nate Weeldreyer took the loss, going 5⅔ innings, allowing five hits and five runs while striking out 11.
Leadoff hitter Cooper White went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Auburn Mountainview.
Auburn Riverside scored all of its runs in the first inning to cruise past visiting Jefferson 5-0 on Monday. Ty Emmons threw 5⅔ shutout innings, allowing two hits while striking out six and walking two for the Ravens (4-4, 7-5). Cade Stober and Kyle Bates each drove in a pair of runs. Logan Moore drove in another. The Ravens play a pair of games against Todd Beamer (5-2, 7-4) this week. … Decatur downed Auburn 7-4 on Monday, the Trojans’ fifth straight loss.