Paige Grover singled, doubled and homered to drive in five runs, as the Woodinville Falcons crushed undefeated Skyline 9-1 last Monday night at Woodinville High School. The Lady Falcons now sit a half-game behind the Spartans in the KingCo 4A standings with a 9-2 record.
Woodinville avenged a heartbreaking 1-0 loss at Skyline on March 31.
Early in the game, the Falcons played with the belief that runs could be a precious commodity. Multiple bunts were laid down to advance runners and get them into scoring position. This included a beautiful, textbook bunt by Mikaelie Sullivan that drove in a run in the fourth inning.
“We knew the last time we played them Caroline was throwing well,” Weir said. “We had trouble getting the ball down into fair territory and into the gaps. So last week we worked really hard on our short game so we would feel confident and prepared for when we did need to execute that facet of the game. The girls did a great job of grasping and running with it.”
But small ball soon gave way to the long ball in the bottom of the fourth. Paige Grover swung at the first good pitch she saw and drilled it deep over the fence in right-center. This drove in three runs, staking the Lady Falcons to a 6-0 lead.
Falling just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, it was Grover’s best day as a Lady Falcon.
“I’m so excited and I love my team so much,” Grover said. “And being able to draw off their energy is so helpful for me. ... We expect ourselves to play like that all the time, with intensity. When we hold ourselves to that standard we do okay. We just want to be classy and get wins.”
“Paige has got a lot of heart and a lot of passion,” Weir said. “She swings hard every single at bat. It’s just a matter of connecting. When she can connect and she’s on time, there aren’t too many balls that come off her bat that aren’t hot. It took her a little while, and she’s a great short game player as well. But now that she’s finding her groove at the plate, it will be really hard to get her out of it.”
Meanwhile, Lauryn Rhinehart continued to be a machine on the pitcher’s mound. She tossed another complete game victory while retiring the first 10 Skyline batters of the game.
“Lauryn is definitely finding a groove,” Weir said. “She was throwing really hard. I told her in the last inning it felt like she was throwing harder than she was in the first. You deal with fatigue, but I think she was just getting warmed up.”