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Friday, May 17, 2013 - Page updated at 08:30 p.m.

Juanita clobbers Holy Names for Sea-King 3A title | Softball

By Theo Lawson
Seattle Times staff reporter

Milly Kawabata lived up to the challenge Thursday at Lower Woodland Park. The challenge of pitching consecutive games at the Sea-King 3A District softball tournament. The challenge of filling the shoes of Allie Rhodes, Juanita's southpaw ace last season who now starts for Notre Dame.

Kawabata went the distance in Juanita's championship-game triumph, allowing six hits in the Rebels' 13-2 walloping of Holy Names. She also shut out Bishop Blanchet in the semifinals.

"Milly's been really consistent for us. When we ask her to hit spots, she hits spots," Juanita coach Kristian Dahl said. "I couldn't ask for anything more from a pitcher."

Dani Faist's fourth-inning single opened the floodgates for Juanita against Holy Names. The Rebels led 6-0 after four innings. Madison Hedlund pounded a two-run homer and was one of three Rebels with three runs batted in.

Juanita heads to next week's state tournament with a 17-5 record. The district will send five teams to state.

"At the beginning of the season we didn't start off as well, so doing this, winning districts, nothing compares to it," Kawabata said.

Semifinals

Juanita 3, Bishop Blanchet 0

Kawabata won a pitching duel with Bishop Blanchet's Samantha Shanahan, striking out seven and allowing just four hits.

Holy Names 7, Interlake 3

Cara Lohman went 3 for 3 for the Cougars, who broke it open with a four-run sixth inning. Ashley Scott homered for Interlake.

Third/fourth

Interlake 14, Bishop Blanchet 4, 5 innings

The Saints put together four consecutive singles and capitalized on a couple of walks during a six-run fifth inning that ended the game early. Both teams go to state. Bainbridge claimed fifth place and the district's final state berth with an 8-5 win over Mercer Island.

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