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Lady Falcons break out the whipping sticks

  • Written by Don Mann
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Woodinville sophomore Madi Schreyer pitched a five-inning shutout and hit two home runs in a 15-0 win over Inglemoor at WHS on Friday. Photo by Don Mann.
You have to start with Madi Schreyer, who belted two home runs and threw five shutout innings on the rubber as top-ranked Woodinville blasted Inglemoor 15-0 at the nest on Friday to run its record to 6-0.

But it was not just about the stellar sophomore by any means.

The Lady Falcons banged out a whopping 16 hits in just four frames at the plate —three apiece by Sara Anderson and Kayla O’Farrell — and batted around the order twice in an overwhelming display of team offense.

"I was impressed with the way we got ready to play tonight," head man Mark Leander said. "We were rained out yesterday, got out here early, were focused and just pounded the ball in pre-game. I’d have been really surprised if we didn’t hit it well tonight."

Schreyer struggled with her command in the top of the first, permitting two line drive hits and a walk — missing wildly, for her, on occasion — but escaped a bases-loaded jam with a strikeout to end the inning and keep the Lady Vikes off the board.

And then Inglemoor starter Hailey Lowe retired Woodinville in order to make it interesting early.

But things quickly changed for the Vikings: Schreyer struck out the side in the top of the second and led off the Falcon half with a home run to dead center, sitting back on a change-up.

The Lady Falcs tacked on seven more runs on six more hits in the inning, including a triple down the right-field line by Emily Jackson and another round-tripper by Schreyer — this time off a fastball stroked to right-center — to take an 8-0 lead.

Inglemoor’s Kylie Acacio led off the third with a sharp single to center and after an error and base on balls the bags were loaded again with one out, before Schreyer — coming back from a 3-0 count — fanned the Vikings’ five-hitter and yielded a soft fly ball to quell the threat.

In the bottom of the fourth, Woodinville was wicked: Anderson slapped a single to left, O’Farrell lined another and Makenna Weir rapped one up the middle to score Anderson. Schreyer walked — intentionally after a three-ball count with the open base, Lauren Burchak’s fielder’s choice scored a run and Katie Engelbrecht lined a sharp single to center to score another and keep the bases loaded.

After a popup, Jackson singled cleanly to load the bags again and Shelby Yasuda — the No. 9 batter — lined a double down the left-field line to clear the bases with two outs.

And the Lady Falcons were not done: Anderson bunted for a hit and O’Farrell plated another run with a solid single to center.

Weir flied out to center to end the carnage and it was 15-zip after a dizzying, dazzling four innings.

Schreyer allowed two Viking singles before closing the game out with a backwards K, finishing with nine strikeouts and two walks in a five- inning five-hitter to lift her personal record to 5-0.

"I had some early jitters and I hadn’t pitched in like a week because of rainouts and stuff," the youngster said of her pitching performance. "But the energy of my team picked me up. This was a big game and definitely a game we prepared for."

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