Juanita draws Columbia River in first-round game of state tournament | Prep girls softball

The Juanita High School girls fastpitch softball team drew Columbia River during first round of the state tournament, according to brackets released early Tuesday morning by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.

The state tournament game will be played at noon on Friday on field No. 1 at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey.

The Rebels qualified for the state tournament May 22 when they defeated Holy Names, 4-1, during the Sea-King District tournament. Juanita waged a small comeback against the Cougars, falling behind 1-0 during the second inning. The Rebels scored two runs during both the fifth and sixth innings.

Madi Hedlund, Morgan Figueroa and Kristina Warford all picked up RBI for Juanita during the game and Hedlund finished 3-for-4 at the plate. As a team, the Rebels collected 11 hits.

Milly Kawabata threw a complete game from the pitching circle for the victory, giving up seven hits.

The Rebels lost to Mount Si during its next district tournament game, 13-3, in five innings.

Juanita took an early, 2-0, lead with runs during the second and third inning, but the Wildcats hammered the ball during the fourth and fifth innings for all 13 of their runs. Hedlund, Kawabata and Aimee Richardson each had an RBI during the contest for the Rebels.


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