Call in the top-10 curse, or something like that.
Once again, a Class 4A team making its debut in the state softball rankings immediately went down. This time it was Ballard, which took a 4-0 record into Monday’s game against Bothell and took a beating. I’ll start the highlights there:
Bothell 13, Ballard 4
The Cougars pounded 15 hits and took advantage of eight Ballard errors. Camille Weisenbach was one of three Bothell players with three hits — including a double and two-run home run. She finished with four RBI. Sammy Morris had a double and two singles, driving in a pair, and Arista Honey finished with three singles and two RBI. Losing pitcher Andrea Jewett struggled in the circle, but had a strong day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, driving in all four Ballard runs.
Woodinville 12, Inglemoor 1
Maddie Schreyer struck out 13 for the No. 2 Falcons, scattering four hits — including an RBI triple by Izzy Riddle. The offense was keyed by Alex Boyd (2-for-5, home run, four RBI) and Emily Jackson (2-for-3, double, three runs).
Arlington 3, Marysville-Pilchuck 2
Lindsay Amundson drove in all three runs for the No. 4 Eagles, going 2-for-2, and Ronnie Ladines allowed just three hits, fanning 12.
Cascade 10, Mariner 0
Mackenzie Melby tossed a one-hitter, striking out 10, and went 3-for-5 with a home run, double and six RBI.
Jefferson 20, Kent-Meridian 0 (5 innings)
Rocky Hale and Katie Jackson combined for 13 strikeouts and the TJ offense was sparked by Lexi Goranson (2-for-3, home run) and Michaela Patton (3-for-4, double).
Juanita 11, Mount Si 0 (5 innings)
The Rebels, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, had no problem with the No. 9 Wildcats as Allison Rhodes twirled a two-hit shutout, striking out eight. Juanita got three hits apiece from Dani Faist (three RBI, three runs), Aliah Swere (two RBI, one run) and Keana Miller (one RBI, three runs).
Bellevue 10, Mercer Island 0 (6 innings)
Emily Fleischman struck out 11 in the no-hit effort, walking just one. She also hammered a triple and double, driving in two. The Bellevue offense got additional support from Taylor Cooke (3-for-4, double, two RBI, two runs) and Maddie Smith (2-for-4, double, two RBI).
Liberty 3, Interlake 2
Denise Blohowiak was 2-for-3 with a home run and two stolen bases and Liza Van Kamp also had a pair of hits for the Patriots.
Enumclaw 9, Bonney Lake 7
Down 7-3, the Hornets pushed six runs across in the bottom of the sixth to pull out the key SPSL 3A victory. Anna deGroot and Sarah Morrow both had a pair of hits, while Josie Wicks tripled and drove in three. Losing pitcher Rendi Johnson went 2-for-4 with a double.
Peninsula 27, Decatur 0 (5 innings)
Aspen Ison struck out 11 and was key at the plate as well, driving in seven runs. Alaina Morgan was 3-for-4 with six RBI.
Everett 9, Shorewood 0
IAlexis Dittoe combined with C.J. Shaver and Abbey Facey for a no-hitter. Shorewood got just two base runners, and in both instances the Seagulls turned double plays. Dittoe did her part at the plate, too, going 2-for-2 with a home run. Lexi Levin finished 3-for-4 with a triple, two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored.
Mountlake Terrace 5, Shorecrest 2
Rene Boss struck out 10, allowing just four hits, and went 2-for-3 with a double, scoring twice. Minna Ward was also 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
Franklin Pierce 15, Clover Park 0 (5 innings)
Anna Lenox pitched the one-hit shutout, fanning 10, and went 3-for-3 with one RBI and three runs scored. Kelly Crawford also had three hits, driving in two and scoring twice.