The Woodinville fastpitch girls, undefeated, undaunted and top-ranked, traveled to Spokane for the state tournament and won two straight on Friday to play in the big games on Saturday.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the state championship: Falcon pitching ace Madi Schreyer served up two homers — one to the leadoff batter — in the first inning as Marysville-Pilchuck, no slouch at 20-1 coming in, put five runs on the board in the 9 a.m. semifinal.
Woodinville, not accustomed to being down, would not recover and lost 7-2.
End of the dream for the green team. Bummer.
To their credit the Lady Falcons sucked it up and battled back to earn a 3rd-place trophy, defeating Jackson 4-3 and then walloping Skyview 13-4.
But Woodinville, who had it all in terms of talent and depth, had to bite hard at the outcome.
"We had a bad inning," coach Mark Leander said of the Pilchuck game.
"We kicked a couple balls and we’re down 5-0 right away. Not characteristic. Plus we didn’t hit it very well. It was a tough way to go."
Lauren Burchak belted a grand-slam in the ninth inning of the second game, and Katie Engelbrecht delivered the same in the finale--her last high school at-bat.
Woodinville finished 25-1.