For the second consecutive season, Woodinville’s Alex Boyd has been named to the Star Times All-Area Softball Team. As of May 24, Boyd is batting .389 with a slugging percentage of 1.056 and 15 walks. The cannon-armed catcher is Corvallis-bound, headed for Oregon State University this the fall.
The All-Area team is comprised of the creme de la creme. Only 2 pitchers, 1 catcher, 4 infielders 3 outfielders and one utility player are selected from over 100 high schools in King and Snohomish counties.
“I was on it last year and it was a lot of fun,” Boyd said. “We drove down to the Seattle Times and had lunch. It was that much more exciting this year to go again with Madi and also with Caleb Hamilton (shortstop from Woodinville’s baseball team).”
In Boyd’s time at Woodinville, the Lady Falcons have gone to State three years in a row, including last year’s undefeated championship season. At the time of this interview, Woodinville was 21-1 and getting ready for a journey to Spokane for the 2013 State tourney. Boyd was asked to look back at her prep career.
“This team has grown a lot,” she said. “We’ve always been really close. We’ve lost quite a few seniors throughout the road but the great thing is these girls keep getting better and keep filling the shoes that have been lost (to graduation). We grow as a family, grow as a team. It’s been a blast working with everybody these last four years of high school ball.”
The conversation turned to current coach Dani Weir, who’s in her first season after taking over for Mark Leander.
“[She] and coach Leander have different coaching styles,” Boyd said. “She’s fresh out of college, having played college ball and everything. Both are great coaches. He’s a lot calmer, a lot quieter. Dani brings this huge fire and demeanor. She’s got this fire inside of her that says LET’S GO WIN THIS BALL GAME! And then some! She pushes us to our limits. It’s great.
“Leander was a great coach but he was quieter and sitting back to see how we would handle things. We had great seniors last year who helped out and led to our undefeated season.”
Boyd was asked about the supreme confidence with which her team plays.
“We feed off of each other,” she said. “One of the biggest things I’ve always been told is that if you ever have like an ounce of doubt, then you’re going to be struggling. So everybody on this team feeds off of each other’s confidence, each other’s fire, and we keep building off of that so there’s no doubt in our minds that we can succeed in what we’re doing.”
After her prep career concludes, the next time Boyd straps on catcher’s gear will be as a member of the Oregon State Beavers.
“I’m getting so excited,” she said. “The campus is gorgeous, I love it there. When I first stepped on that campus I knew it was the place for me.”
And what does she foresee for the Woodinville team she’s leaving behind?
“These guys have a bright future,” she said. “There’s no shortage in talent with the girls who are coming up and will be returning next year. They will keep the legacy going.”