In a day of wild weather, starting with thunderstorms but ending with evening sunshine, Woodinville’s Madi Schreyer herself was a force of nature.
In a performance reminiscent of Randy Johnson in his prime, the senior pitching star threw a no-hitter as the Falcons dispatched Issaquah 6-0 in KingCo Tournament action.
The game was over from the outset. Before each pitch, as Schreyer enacted her trademark move of spinning the ball on her right hip before unleashing a laser beam to the plate, the Issaquah hitters stood in looking ill at ease.
As Schreyer shredded through the lineup, fanning the first seven batters, and 10 of the first 11, it became clear Woodinville would easily win.
But on this night, it wasn’t just the Madi Schreyer Show. Her teammates backed her up with great plays — especially Alex Nelson, who drove in two runs with a fourth inning single, before thrilling the crowd in the sixth with a running catch of a fly ball sinking toward the right field line. Alex Boyd rapped two singles and drove in a run. And shortstop Tori Lettus and second baseman Emily Jackson proved again to be a peerless combo in the middle infield.
As Issaquah’s Amelia Cunningham popped up the final pitch and Woodinville’s Emily Jackson squeezed it for the last out, the Woodinville dugout emptied and converged at the mound to congratulate Schreyer on her no-hitter.
"I’m just really excited," Schreyer said. "We have an awesome team and I love all the girls. We work really well together and we’re excited to make another run at state this year."
Woodinville manager Dani Weir described Schreyer’s progress in working in tandem with catcher Alex Boyd.
"She’s been working so hard with Alex on pitching great games," Weir said. "Not really worrying about getting outs on three pitches. But really executing different pitch calls. The two of them are working so well together. And obviously it takes a whole defense to make a no-hitter work. There was the great play down the line by Alex Nelson. The team played well defensively.
"Madi rested herself very well this weekend," Weir added. "She enjoyed herself at prom, but came back relaxed and in a good mood. A girl’s got to feel good to play good — and she was feeling good today."
Weir was also asked about left fielder Alex Nelson. "She’s really been such a clutch player for us," she said. "When we need her to come in and make something happen she always does. She’s that rise-to-the-occasion kind of kid. We all have so much confidence in her when she’s up in the box."
The victory pushed Woodinville’s record to 20-1, advancing them to second round of the KingCo tournament in a game against Redmond May 15.
"The biggest thing is that everyone is focused and everyone has the enthusiasm to go forward," Weir said. "And they’re hungry for more. Everybody has the same record — it doesn’t matter what anybody’s done in the past. And so, we’re going to approach each game like we’re playing ourselves."