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Lady Falcs march on

  • Written by Don Mann
Fastpitch
Staff Photo/Don Mann Alyssa O’Farrell, wide left, gets some good vibes from her older teammates after her three-run homer in the first inning versus Bothell in the KingCo title game.
The only thing the Woodinville Lady Falcons got wrong in the KingCo championship game, which it won 16-2 over Bothell at Hartman Park in Redmond on Thursday, was the coin-toss.

Emily Jackson, chosen off-the-cuff by coach Mark Leander to make the call, called heads. It landed tails.

That just meant the green team would be visitors and bat first, which meant the carnage would start earlier than usual — and it did.

Jackson led off with a base on balls, Kayla O’Farrell doubled to left, Makenna Weir grounded hard to short to score a run and Alex Boyd walked.

Sarah Taketa then doubled to the left-center gap, clearing the bases to make it 3-zip. Lauren Burchak walked to put two runners on.

And up stepped freshman Alyssa O’Farrell, Kayla’s little sister, who still attends school at a junior high.

The youngster took a strike and then fouled off another, tentatively.

And then little sister launched a bomb down the left-field line for a three-run homer — the first, but perhaps not the last, of her future high school career.

The three-run homer caused Bothell’s coach to remove his starter, and the reliever walked two in a row before getting the final two outs in the top of the first, down 6-zip.

Madi Schreyer then was handed the ball and retired nine of the next 10 batters in order, walking one and fanning seven.

Lauren Burchak belted a grand slam homer to dead-center in the third — a laser beam to complete another six-run uprising to make it 12-zip early in a runaway.

The Lady Falcons, emptying its bench, pushed forward four more runs to make it an absurd 16-0 lead.

Then, after two quick outs, Schreyer walked a batter and appeared to lose her stride for a moment.

Next batter, lefty Camille Weisenebach, found a heater and knocked a pitch over the opposite fence to put the Lady Cougars on the board to make it 16-2. Window dressing.

Weisenbach, to her credit, can one day boast she took Schreyer deep in a playoff game.

That said, both Northshore schools head to Spokane — a long ride over the mountains — for the state tournament this week, hoping for bigger things.

The top-ranked Woodinville girls were there last year, with an identical undefeated record, before falling in the semifinals and ultimately placing third in state.

When you get to state, all opponents are really good and anything can happen. So stay tuned.

Falcs go down hard in extras

  • Written by Don Mann
Baseball one
Inglemoor’s Josh Williams is ruled safe at home in a game and season ender as Woodinville’s Lee Wunderlich takes the throw. Photos by Don Mann.
Baseball twoIt was about as fine a high school baseball game as you’ll ever come across in these parts, certainly given what was at stake.

But that’s surely cold comfort to the Woodinville Falcons, who were sent packing when Inglemoor’s Willie Augustavo singled to left in the home eighth to bring home  runners from second and third in a stunning come-from-behind win at Valhalla in the KingCo tournament.

Whether the Vikings No. 9 hitter Josh Williams was truly safe at home in a banger may be debated for a long time.

Falcon leftfielder Nate Wilham’s throw was strong and on the money. It clearly got there first.

But the sophomore catcher’s tag may have been a little high — the man in blue was right on top of it and had a good look — as Williams somehow slipped in with the slide.

Ball game. Season over for the green guys. Just like that.

Woodinville starter Spencer Greer, with more than a little pressure on his big back, was spectacular through six innings on the road: three up, three down all the way, with his curve ball biting.

He faced the minimum 18 batters, and the weak infield single he allowed in the fourth was wiped away by a double-play ball, 4-6-3, pretty as you please.

Inglemoor’s Lucas Wimmer was nearly as good, but things took a turn when Wilham slapped a base hit to left in a zip-zip game with one out in the Falcon sixth.

After he moved up on a ground ball out, Shea Donlin laced a clean line drive to right to put the Falcons up one zip with Greer dealing, six outs to get.

Spencer was phenomenal in the bottom of the sixth: two backwards Ks and a lazy fly ball to right.

Dealing.

But Wimmer, down by one, bowed his neck in the top of the 7th, retiring three Falcon batters in a row to keep it close, and keep Viking relievers in the bullpen.

Bottom of the seventh, with everything on the line, Viking Tyler Beahan rapped a clean single to right between the diving Myles Franklin and Beau Vintertun to give the home team hope.

Greer, still looking strong, got ahead 0-2 and then walked Augustavo after a 13-pitch battle to put runners on first and second with none out.

Woodinville head man Terry Agnew then took the baseball out of his hand, and gave it to Cody Bauman.

Bauman struck out the 3-batter.

Then Blake Wilson grounded another hit into the hole to right to load the bases as the mojo swung.

The senior then walked Curtis Bafus to bring in the tying run.

But Bauman rose up to get a grounder and a force out on a fine play by first-baseman Myles Franklin and another punchout to retire the side.

After an out, Max Carter pinch-hit and and ripped a ground ball single and then stole second.

Wilham then grounded a single to center to score Carter as Woodinville went up 2-1 in extras, grabbing momentum back.

Needing a run to stay alive, Jake Sleder led off with a single to right, creating an obvious bunt situation.

The bunt from Williams went to the right place and the Falcon third-baseman pounced on it quickly with a chance at the lead out.

But Caleb Hamilton’s throw to second was wide left, pulling Donlin off the bag, to make it first and second with no outs.

Tyler Beahan then bunted again to push the runners over to make it second-and-third, one out with the open base at first.

One school of thought suggested putting Augustavo aboard to create a double play situation and a force at any base.

Didn’t happen.

And then Augustavo singled. Ball game. Season over for the Falcons. They finished 12-9 overall.

Note: A day later Inglemoor once again came from behind to eliminate Bothell 7-6, but the Vikes would fall to Ballard on Thursday 14-2 finishing 16-8 overall. Bothell finished 12-11.

Northshore track crowns eight at KingCo meet

  • Written by Don Mann
Track
Woodinville sophomore Wesley Love breaks from the blocks in the 400 meter dash at the KingCo track& field championships Friday at Juanita High School. Love finished fifth, good enough to move on to regionals this week. Photo by Don Mann.
Northshore schools represented well at the KingCo 4A track& field championships at Juanita High School  Friday, capturing titles in eight events, and the Inglemoor girls’ squad brought home a team title.

Woodinville junior Chandler Olson doubled in the 1600 and 3200 meter races, and Falcon senior Austin Sodorff —  the reigning state champion  — earned top honors in the pole vault.

The Inglemoor girls’ 4X100 relay team, made up of Paige Monson, Larissa Ashby, Kaitlyn Hollis and Claire Moses, held off the Bothell squad to win in a furious finish. Vikings Michael Mendenhall and Dillon Gongliewski took titles in the 1600 and 110 meter hurdles, respectively.

Bothell’s Morgunn Ewing and Allie Hadley each dominated the javelin event.

Joining the Cougar champions at regionals will be Danny Wilson, Jared Berry, Nick Anthony, Trent Sewell, Nathan Conrad, Derek Pederson, Steven Abernethy, Ryan Routh, Justin Wimmer, Katey Kirkham, Katie Bellusci, Ally Quintos, Jessica Howe, Anoop Gill, Martha Quigg and Cassie Lynch.

Track two
Bothell’s Danny Wilson, left, takes the baton from Nick Anthony in the final leg of the 4X100 meter relay. The Cougars finished second. Photo by Don Mann.
The Vikings will send Quinn Edlin, Connor Peasley, Joseph Massey, Sam Omandi, Alexander Braum, Sarah Nash, Shandon Lystad, Kyra Burke, Katie Sturtevant, Anne Seckinger, Dianna Church, Emily Anderson, Ashley Allemeier, Katie Schumacher, Katie Mohn and Brynn Collins.

The Woodinville contingent will include Nikko Llera, Wesley Love, Micah Rubart, Michael Goodsell, Alek Kacmarcik, Conner Kummerlowe, Jake Hollister, Jadin Peerson, Brandon Baker, Nick Luitgaarden, Chrissy Gonzalez, Audrey Phillips, Emmy Billmaier, Brianna Rekevics, Molly Stinson, Savanna Sherstad and Kyla Gedney.

Regionals begin Wednesday at Marysville-Pilchuck High School and continue Friday. Top five finishers in each event move on to the state championships at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma May 24-26.

As rain pours down, Falcon track boys come up big

  • Written by Don Mann
Track one
Left to right: Woodinville’s Micah Rubart, Josh Monroe and Andrew Nicholas finished the 110-meter hurdles victorious in a triple dead heat. Staff Photo/Don Mann.
Record rainfall and a track meet are never a good mix, but the Woodinville boys  — those who participated — shrugged off the elements to dominate the Northshore meet with 93 team points at WHS on Thursday.

Inglemoor and Bothell boys notched 51 and 43, respectively.

The Viking girls dominated the other side of the meet.

Several of the top performers did not participate, nursing minor injuries and having already qualified for the KingCo championships which begin this Thursday at Juanita High School.

Falcon boys won 10 of 15 events, and ninth-year head coach Jed Sires was happy to report it was the first time they won the Northshore meet since 1996.

“Our boys’ team is strong this year,” Sires said. “A lotta boys PR’d (set a personal record) today. They really got after it — especially in that bad weather — and it was fun to watch.”

Track three
Alek Kaczmarcik, left, takes the baton from Wesley Love in the second leg of the 4X100 meter relay, which the Falcons won in a season-best time. Staff Photo/Don Mann
He was particularly pleased with the rainy-day efforts of his 4X100 relay team, made up of Wesley Love, Alek Kacmarcik, Nikko Llera and Michael Goodsell, which PR’d in 43.6 seconds in poor conditions as it defeated an outstanding Bothell unit in a thriller at the wire. “That finish was fabulous,” Sires said. “I can’t remember the last time we beat those guys in a relay.”

 

Sires also praised Conner Kummerlowe who PR’d in the 800 meters at 2:02.2 while beating Inglemoor’s Michael Chunn and Dillon Sylte by an eyelash.

“He’s a great kid who works hard and he ran a great race today,” Sires said.

Kummerlowe finished his day running leadoff in the 4X400 relay (with Goodsell, Llera and Love) which the Falcons also PR’d at 3:31.3.

Llera finished second to Bothell’s Danny Wilson in the 100 meters, then turned back the Cougars’ Nick Anthony and teammate Goodsell in the 200 with a PR of 22.3.

Love took the 400 meters handily at 51.1. The Falcon triumvirate of Micah Rubart, Josh Monroe and Andrew Nicholas tied for first in the 110 meter hurdles at 16.9 – all personal records.

Kurtis Max, the Falcons’ top dog in the event, was nursing a hamstring.

Jake Hollister doubled in the shot put and discus at 45’7” and 135’2”, Jadin Peerson took the javelin at 163’5” — a PR, and Goodsell tied Bothell’s Derek Pedersen in the high jump at 5’8”.

Track two
Bothell’s Danny Wilson nips Woodinville’s Nikko Llera at the wire in the 100 meter dash. Staff photo/Don Mann.
Reigning state champion pole vaulter Austin Sodorff — who set a school record at 15’6” earlier this season, managed a 14’6” under soggy skies with slippery footing.

He remains the obvious favorite heading to the KingCo meet.

Other Northshore favorites include Wilson in the 100 and the long jump, and Bothell’s Morgunn Ewing and Inglemoor’s Dillon Gongliewski in the javelin.

On the girls’ side, Inglemoor’s Kyra Burke should double in the 1600 and 3200 — and is a threat in the 800.

Bothell’s Allie Hadley is untouchable at javelin, having already posted the state’s highest number this season at 140’4”.

The top eight finishers in each event will move on to districts at Marysville-Pilchuk the following week.

Falcs let a big one get away

  • Written by Don Mann
Baseball
Staff Photo/Don Mann. Beau Vintertun goes high, but the throw from the catcher is higher.
By the time this is published, either Woodinville or Inglemoor baseball will be done.

Just like that.

A loser-out game will have been played on Monday afternoon and somebody will have been the loser.

The loser will put away the bats and balls. Hand in the uniforms. And the winner will have a major uphill climb to get to where they want to go.

It got that way early Saturday when the hometown Falcons, wearing road grays at their own house and batting first, got clipped 3-2 by Redmond. In the second game the Vikings wore home blacks on the road, but it didn’t help much as they fell 8-1 to Newport, wearing blood red.

Tough day for the Northshore boys and it started early.

Falcon ace Marty Luckenbach walked the leadoff batter and, lo and behold, he came around to score,  after a sac bunt, another walk and a crisp line drive base hit.

Redmond tacked on another when the six-batter belted a homer leading off the second inning, high and far, landing beneath the scoreboard in right-center.

Woodinville responded when Shea Donlin laced an opposite-field double into the left field corner leading off the fourth. After a series of weak ground ball outs, Donlin trotted home on a wild pitch to make it 2-1, providing hope.

But Redmond scored again in the fifth: a one-out single, stolen base (on a high throw by the catcher) and another single struck hard made it 3-1 with time running out.

The Falcons, in the top of the sixth, made it 3-2 by way of another Donlin leadoff double to the same place and three routine ground ball outs.

Cody Bauman relieved Luckenbach and retired the side in order, flipping his curveball to make batters miss.

So there it was: score a run to stay alive.

Did not happen as the leadoff batter struck out, a pinch-hitter grounded to third and the final out was recorded on a weak popup in the infield.

Fact is: the Redmond pitcher, their No. 2, was nothing special — there were some luke-warm fastballs to hit that didn’t get hit — and the Mustangs got away with one.

Donlin went 3-for-3. All other Falcon batters went hitless.

Inglemoor didn’t hit it much either, scattering six in another come-from-behind effort.

Best thing about the day: The sun broke out.