Coming into the 2011 softball season, Juanita and Bellevue were expected to battle for the KingCo 3A/2A title again.
They squared off Thursday for the first of two meetings, and No. 9 Juanita won a nail-biter, 1-0.
It was quite a pitching duel, with Allison Rhodes (5-0) taking the victory. She allowed just three hits and struck out 12 without issuing a walk. Emily Fleischman was the tough-luck loser, despite giving up only four this. She struck out three and walked one.
Three Juanita players were key contributors on offense. Molly Steck was 1-for-2 scoring the winning run on an RBI by Lexy Faist. Rachel O’Neill had a triple.
The two teams clash again next month.
Here are highlights from some of the other Thursday games, as reported to The Times:
Liberty 14, Mercer Island 4
Denise Blohowiak and Ana Faoro each smacked three hits for the Patriots.
Interlake 19, Sammamish 4
Erin Scott went 4-for-5 with a double to pace the Saints. Taylor Ferleman and two of Sammamish’s five hits, including a triple.
Issaquah 9, Skyline 3
The Eagles won despite getting just three hits — all by Heather Benjamin, who finished with a double, RBI and stolen base. Skyline, which committed seven errors, got a 2-for-3 performance by Lindsey Nicholson, who doubled and stole two bases. Brielle Bray struck out 10 to earn the victory.
Arlington 4, Cascade 2
Veronica Ladines went 2-for-3 with a double and picked up the save on the mound.
Spanaway Lake 4, Rogers 1
The Rams, who hurt themselves with three errors, saw Courtney Johnson drive in four of their runs, while Lana Van Dyken went 2-for-3 with a run. No Spanaway Lake offensive highlights were reported, but Cara Custer earned the victory, fanning eight.
Everett 16, Mountlake Terrace 7
Chloe Kesterson led the eighth-ranked Seagulls, going 3-for-5 with a home run, double, three runs scored and one RBI. Kate Schram also homered, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. For Arlington, Mindy James was 4-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored, while Chelsea Crews had a home run, single, two RBI and two runs.
Glacier Peak 5, Oak Harbor 0
Alexis Michael paced the offense, going 3-for-4, while Callie Bircher struck out 13.
Shorecrest 4, Lynnwood 2
Amanda Hartley smacked two home runs, driving in three and scoring twice. For Lynnwood, Jenah Barlow was 2-for-3, while Kelsey Parker ripped a solo homer.
Meadowdale 8, Shorewood 1
Kylee Studioso lost the shutout on an unearned run in the seventh. Offensively, the seventh-ranked Mavs had a pair of standouts — Shannon Haukap (3-for-4, 2B, RBI) and Lilly Paschal (3-for-3).
Franklin Pierce 2, Fife 0
Kelli Crawford struck out 11, scattering four hits, and had a 2-for-3 day at the plate.
Bellevue Christian 7, Lindbergh 6
After Lindbergh put up four runs in the top of the seventh, the Vikings answered with five in the bottom half to win. Ting Sue was 2-for-4 with three stolen bases. Adrianna Bernal doubled and drove in two runs for the Eagles.
Seattle Lutheran 13, Cascade Christian 6
Kendra Rancich was 2-for-2 and scored three times for the winners.