When they met last month, the Redmond Mustangs overwhelmed Woodinville with timely hitting and aggressive base running. But last Wednesday, in the regular season finale for both teams, it was the Lady Falcons reigning supreme with a thrilling 8-7 win over first place Redmond.
“We definitely wanted it,” Woodinville manager Dani Weir said.
After struggling last month against Redmond pitcher Emily Rockhill, the Lady Falcons were able to get to her this time. The biggest damage came from a pair of Falcon freshmen, Olivia Reiner and Jordyn Boyd. The duo combined for 5 RBIs, including Boyd’s 2-run blast to dead center field in the fourth inning.
“Those girls love to compete and you put them into pressure situations and that’s where they do their best,” Weir said. “That’s why they’re out here, in the spots they’re in. They just found their place and they’re comfortable.”
Also contributing offensively for the Falcons was Tori Lettus. The senior shortstop went 2-for-4 and smashed an RBI double in the fifth inning.
“I saw the pitch and hit it,” Lettus said. “I just tried to clutch up, try to go right side, because we had a situation with runners on first and second, and I just tried to poke it over there.”
From a pitching standpoint, Reiner also stood out with her performance and poise on the mound. After weathering a first inning storm where she surrendered three runs, Reiner settled down and kept Woodinville in the game with a composed, battling attitude.
“I felt the nerves a little bit, but I knew my team would back me up,” Reiner said. “I knew if we fell behind my teammates would get some runs. Dani and her dad Jim helped me to remember to throw the pitches where they need to go, to hit my spots. It’s exactly what I did.”
“I pulled her aside a couple of times and told her don’t be afraid to hit them,” Weir said. “Because if you hit them it means it’s not over the plate and they’re not going to crush it. Just go out there and have the confidence to throw your best stuff. We’re very talkative people, and so just knowing there are people behind you gives you that confidence.”
The freshman battery of Reiner on the mound and Boyd behind the plate looks to be a special one for the next four years. The two girls have played together as teammates since they were 10 years old.
“That kind of chemistry plays a big part in this game,” Weir said. “You can see that in the way they throw and communicate and work together. They have that confidence in each other. Olivia can throw that drop ball without fear it is going into the dirt, and throw her change up without fear it will get past the catcher.”
The win over Redmond gave Woodinville a 15-4 regular season record. For the KingCo 4A Tourney, the Falcons’ first round playoff opponent will be Issaquah. To view the brackets, go to kingcoathletics.com.