But it didn’t last for the home team as Woodinville began to dial in at the plate.
Keelin Davis, the Falcon No. 9 hitter, cracked a single to left leading off the fifth.
Emily Jackson was safe on an error when the first baseman dropped a routine throw, and Kayla O’Farrell lined another single to left to score Davis, moving up on the throw.
Makenna Weir’s hard liner to short was the first out, then Lauren Burchak bounced a single up the middle for a 3-1 Falcon lead. Sara Taketa then ripped a sizzler to shortstop — a possible double play ball — that Taylor Peacocke could not handle to put runners on first and second, and up stepped Alex Boyd.
The strapping junior catcher laced a no-doubt laser beam well over the right-center field fence for a three-run homer to make it 6-1 and swing the momentum pendulum in a big way — just like that.
Woodinville added six more runs — two in the sixth and four in the seventh — but didn’t really need to as pitching ace Madie Schreyer retired the final nine outs in a row, five with strikeouts for a total of 13 Ks in the three-hitter. Schreyer walked two.
The Lady Falcons banged out 15 hits including three apiece by Burchak and Taketa, and two each from Jackson, O’Farrell, Boyd and Davis.
Note: On Friday the Lady Falcons beat Juanita 4-0 at WHS, pinning the first loss of the season on highly regarded Rebel hurler Allison Rhodes. She was outdueled by Schreyer, who tossed a one-hit shutout, striking out 10 and walking two. Woodinville is now 9-0 overall, 4-0 in KingCo.