Lady Falcs march on

  • Written by Don Mann
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.

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