This one was almost criminal. In fact, this game should not have been played — in fairness to both teams.
The Woodinville Lady Falcons, rated No. 2 in the state, hosted the Garfield Lady Bulldogs, who reportedly could not field enough girls in a forfeit at home to Inglemoor the game before.
They actually played this one, and the Falcons bashed the Bulldogs 26-0 in five innings at WHS on Friday.
It could have been much, much worse.
It was 13-0 after one and the scorecard read like a state trooper’s accident report: single, walk, error, walk, single, double, walk, walk, double.
The first nine batters reached base and all scored to make it 9-zip before the first out was recorded.
That first out, made by leadoff batter Emily Jackson in her second at-bat, was a laser beam line drive caught by the Garfield shortstop in self-defense.
There were four more hits and two more walks before the third out was recorded.Woodinville head coach Mark Leander quickly emptied his bench but it got no better for Garfield.
Falcon starter Keelin Davis — no fault of her own — threw a no-sweat no-hitter, striking out 11 of the 16 batters she faced while walking one.
It was the only Bulldog batter to reach base as Garfield put the batted ball in play four times.
They were completely overmatched at the plate and a handful of routine popups in the field were never touched by Bulldog gloves.
“There was nothing to enjoy about this,” Leander said. “I just wish both schools’ athletic directors could’ve been here to see it. There was no good reason to put those Garfield girls through that. They’re obviously having problems putting a team together over there and I’m not sure why but this just wasn’t a good experience for anybody.”
Garfield High School is a legendary Seattle institution with a long proud history in academics, arts and athletics. But according to Leander, their softball coach was hired less than a week before the season began. That’s a tough deal in terms of KingCo sports, arguably the most competitive conference in the state.
“After the game I went to her and told her she should be proud of her kids because it was a really, really hard day for them but I never once saw any of them hang their heads,” Leander said. “They were all standing up in their dugout supporting their teammates’ every at-bat, and that says a lot about their personal character.”
By the way, it was the KingCo opener and Woodinville is now 4-0 overall.