|Written by Don Mann|
|Thursday, 31 May 2012 09:36|
The only way it could have been better is if it happened a little closer to home.
The Woodinville Lady Falcons punctuated its dream season with a 6-0 whitewash of Walla Walla
Saturday at the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex in Spokane to finish a perfect 26-0 and bring home the
state championship trophy.
Fact is, it wasn't even close as the Lady Falcons buzzed through the competition in four straight games
with a combined score of 45-3--and the three runs allowed were all unearned.
And they did it largely without the services of home run and RBI leader Alex Boyd, who was struck in the
face by a South Kitsap overthrow during infield practice right before the opener and had to sit for the
first three before returning for the finale.
"It sounds a little trite but it's just an incredible group of kids," head coach Mark Leander said. "I just
stood back and let them do their stuff."
And nobody did it better than Madi Schreyer, who pitched every inning and whose line looked like this:
24 innings, 10 hits, 37 strikeouts and five walks.
Against the best competition the state had to offer, her ERA was 0.00. "She was lights-out," Leander
said. "I could tell right away from her body language she was gonna be really hard to beat."
But by no means was it a one-man band. "Everybody hit," Leander said. "Emily (Jackson), Mak (Makenna
Weir), Keelin (Davis), Lauren (Burchak), Sarah Taketa, Sara Anderson, the O'Farrell girls (Kayla and
Alyssa), everybody…And we got tremendous play from some of our bench kids. Alex Nelson stepped in
for Boyd and did great. Nicole Versace, Alison Wulfman, Tori Lettus scored on a great slide at home
when the ball had beaten her…Everybody stepped up and contributed and that's the really great thing
For the record, they beat South Kitsap 19-1 in five innings, Marysville-Pilchuk 9-1, Richland 11-1 in five
before the shutout in the title game. "There was never a letdown," Leander said. "Not for a moment."