What more can be said of Woodinville pitcher Madi Schreyer that hasn’t been stated? Last year, she led the Lady Falcons with a 21-0 record as a pitcher en route to the team’s state championship. This year, she’s been named for a third time to the Star Times All-Area Team, and with good reason. The Stanford-bound recruit has an 18-1 record with a 0.84 ERA and 184 strikeouts in 125 innings. As a hitter, she’s batting .357 with 7 home runs and 19 RBIs. As of this writing, Woodinville boasts a 21-1 record and is headed to Spokane for the State Tourney to defend their title.
“Winning state last year, we basically had a dream team,” Schreyer said. “We went 26-0 and won State. It was the best experience. That championship game against Walla Walla, it was amazing. I think it was during the second inning that we had scored our runs and I just knew we were going to win the game. The pressure just fell off my shoulders and I felt relief out on the mound. The pressure was gone but it was still fun. I just believed in all my teammates.”
The road to glory hasn’t been without a few bumps along the way. Schreyer’s sophomore season tested her mettle and built character.
“I actually got an infection in my finger,” she said. “We went to State that year as well. I had to pitch through a lot of pain and it took a lot of perseverance and belief in my own abilities to get through that pain because I wanted to reach the goals for our team and for myself. I wanted to keep working as hard as I could to help us win the state title.”
In watching Woodinville play, there’s a supreme confidence and joie de vivre emanating from every team member.
“We’ve come up with a saying — Stubborn to the Standard,” Schreyer said. “Also, we play on this one word — Trust. To trust each other during the games and to be stubborn to the standard means to always play our game and never really care about who we’re playing necessarily or who the opponent is. So we’re always stubborn to our standard rather than lowering our expectations.”
When this year’s State Tourney is over, Schreyer will be Stanford-bound.
“Personally, I was looking for a school that was challenging and highly academic” she said. “But I also wanted a great softball program so I could get the experience that I wanted out of that. That was the major component that made me choose Stanford. And I love California and Palo Alto and the coaches were so great. And the girls I met when I went on my (recruiting) visit were so accepting ...”
With her teammate Alex Boyd heading off to Oregon State, both girls will be playing in the Pac-12 Conference. Invariably, Madi will look across the way and see Alex in the opposing dugout wearing black and orange.
“I’m really excited to play against her,” Schreyer said. “She’s been my teammate for four years and also played with me on one of my select teams my sophomore year. We’ve known each other for awhile. And it will be different playing against rather than with her, but it will be good exposure and it will just be fun to play against each other and be competitive.”