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Lady Falcs wallop Wolves in another ho-hummer

  • Written by Don Mann
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Staff Photo/Don Mann Falcon senior Makenna Weir stroked three doubles in three at bats.
Makenna Weir cracked three doubles in three at bats —  all frozen ropes, Alex Boyd hit a three-run homer and Madi Schreyer threw a one-hitter as top-ranked Woodinville euthanized Eastlake 10-zip in five innings Friday at WHS.

The Lady Falcons are now 9-0 in KingCo play, 14-0 overall — the only Class 4A fastpitch team in the state remaining unblemished. Woodinville has scored 118 runs on the season and allowed nine, posting nine shutouts.

And this is without having the services of all-state centerfielder Sara Anderson, who has yet to take the field after an extended absence. All Anderson has done historically is lead KingCo in batting, runs scored and stolen bases the last two seasons and the speedy southpaw slapper should be up and running this week.

Against the Wolves Friday, Woodinville scored in every inning, needing only four frames to produce 10 runs. Emily Jackson led off with a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on the first of Weir’s two-baggers.

Alex Boyd walked to lead off the second, courtesy runner Tori Lettus stole second and moved to third on a groundout before scoring on Keelin Davis’ sacrifice fly.

Weir ripped another double to left-center leading off the third, Lauren Burchak walked and Weir scored on an error. Boyd came up with two ducks on the pond and got a fly ball up in the air to right that just left the yard to make it 6-0. Woodinville posted four more in the fourth, as Eastlake didn’t help itself with another error and three more bases on balls totaling seven on the short night.

 

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Staff Photo/Don Mann Sophomore Tori Lettus, far right, was called safe on this play, scoring on a wild pitch.
Schreyer was her dominant self and was two outs from a no-hitter when an Eastlake pinch hitter faked a bunt to draw in the corners, hit a dribbler and nobody covered first: funky base hit but a base hit in the book.

 

The Stanford-bound slinger, who struck out nine and walked three, got the next two outs in order to put it on ice.

Woodinville travels to Garfield (0-8, 0-9) Wednesday — whom the Lady Falcons pummeled 26-0 earlier in a pitiful one — before hosting Bothell Friday on Parent Appreciation Night.

 

 

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Staff Photo/Don Mann Woodinville junior Madi Schreyer fired a one-hitter at home Friday against Eastlake in a 10-0 romp. See page 8 for Don Mann’s sports.

 

Vikings topple Falcons in extras at their place

  • Written by Don Mann

This time Danny Larson went above and beyond. The senior southpaw pitched eight impressive innings on the bump in a critical road win as Inglemoor pulled away from Woodinville 7-3 in extras at WHS on Friday.

“He might not overwhelm you with his stuff, but the kid just wins,” Viking skipper Bryan McNaghten said. “That’s five in a row for him with two shutouts.”

Moreover, it was Inglemoor’s sixth win in seven KingCo contests as conference play tightens up.

Woodinville, meanwhile, dropped its fourth of six as the Falcon bats continued to point south.

Larson allowed three consecutive hits in the Falcon first inning and was reeling as Woodinville scored three runs — two on a two-out throwing error.

But they would not score again over the next seven frames, notching only two more clean hits and the lefty did not walk a batter all night.

“He was at 96 (pitches) going into the eighth and said he had 10 more,” McNaghten said. “It was his to win or lose.”

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Inglemoor’s Danny Larson pitched eight innings in a huge win for the Vikings.
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Cody Bauman gained a rare start, pitched well, and took a no-decision. Staff photos/Don Mann
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Nate Wilham, who doubled to lead off Woodinville’s first inning, grabs a high-five after scoring the first Falcon run.

 

Fellow Viking senior Blake Wilson went 3-for-5 at the plate with four RBI, including a triple to dead center, and his eighth-inning liner to right with bases loaded brought home two runs to punctuate the night.

Woodinville made three errors, none more crucial than by the first-baseman on a bases-loaded ground-ball bobble to permit the go-ahead run in the eighth inning with the pressure on. It spoiled a pretty good performance by Falcon pitchers.

Cody Bauman, in a rare start, went four innings and left with a 3-3 tie. Spencer Greer was sensational in relief, striking out nine in three-plus innings before yielding a leadoff walk in the eighth.

Stephen White relieved Greer and absorbed the loss.

His bases-loaded pitch that struck Willie Augustavo to force in another run may, or may not have, been a correct call by the home plate umpire as the batter did not appear to make an attempt to duck away.

In fact he may have leaned in with the shoulder to take one for the team.

But that’s baseball.

Woodinville is now 7-4 in KingCo. So is Inglemoor and Bothell.

Note: The game before, Falcon ace Marty Luckenbach threw a no-hitter at Issaquah, winning 3-1 with an unearned run. The Oregon State-bound senior struck out eight.

“I felt great and was locating my fastball,” the 6-foot-6 footer said. “Our defense was awesome.”

And when did he realize he had a chance at a no-no? “After the fourth inning I thought about it and I was never more nervous on the mound in my life. I’ve never had one of those, and Issaquah’s a pretty good team and had their ace on the mound. So it was pretty cool.”

Falcon baseball now locked up at the top

  • Written by Don Mann
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Beau Vintertun’s push-bunt went for a base hit early. Staff photo/Don Mann
Okay folks, make no mistake: We have a bona-fide pennant race in the KingCo Crown division.

Forget about state for now.

It’s about Northshore.

With the regular season more than half-over, believe it or not, the Woodinville baseball team is in a fight for survival.

So much for preseason forecasts.

The Falcons were drubbed 10-3 at home Friday versus a Redmond team that is not what it used to be — for its third loss in its last four KingCo games.

It was another slap in the face.

Meanwhile Inglemoor has won seven in a row overall, and Bothell — remember the reigning state champs? — has won seven of eight.

So there’s now a three-way logjam at 6-3 in the league along the Sammamish River, with six games to play before the conference tournament begins.

Just like that. This thing could really get topsy-turvy.

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Spencer Greer struggled early and took the loss. Staff photo/Don Mann
Woodinville on Friday had a chance to gain some separation, but Falcon starter Spencer Greer was not sharp early, yielding two doubles, a base on balls and a single for three runs in the opening frame.

The Falcons matched that without swinging the bats: a leadoff walk, two sacrifice bunts that went for hits, and three more walks made it 3-3.

But Woodinville would not score in the next six innings, and Greer, who made some good pitches, continued to get roughed up by timely hits and shoddy defense, including back-to-back errors of his own in the fourth inning as the Mustangs ran the score to 8-3 after four.

Cody Bauman, who went one and one-third innings for the save the day before in a 5-3 win at Eastlake, provided little relief for the big guy in a tough situation.

First batter inherited with runners on second and third cracked a 2-RBI single and he walked two more before getting the third out as Redmond batted around.

Stephen White later relieved Bauman and allowed two runs on two doubles and a single, but the damage was done.

Redmond batters notched 11 base hits — several of the laser beam variety — while Woodinville scratched for four: two sac bunts that were lazily unattended, a boinker and a bleeder. Not one batted baseball left the infield for a hit.

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Caleb Hamilton, playing shortstop in place of injured Shea Donlin, delivers on a slow roller. Staff photo/Don Mann

Note: It’s spring break for all high school students, but Woodinville baseball hosts Inglemoor at home on Thursday, in what should be a dandy.

Girls in green keep it rolling

  • Written by Don Mann
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Woodinville junior Madi Schreyer was dominant in two big games as the Lady Falcons remained undefeated. Staff photo/Don Mann
For four innings it was a heck of a ball game. And then the roof fell in on Inglemoor as the Woodinville Lady Falcons scored 12 runs in the final three innings to vanquish the Vikings at Valhalla 12-1 last Monday. Inglemoor scored in the opening frame on a leadoff walk, single and an error. Viking junior pitcher Alyson Harrington was sharp early, keeping tentative Falcon batters off balance through four shutout innings as Inglemoor enjoyed early momentum under sunny twilight skies in the well-attended Northshore rivalry game.

But it didn’t last for the home team as Woodinville began to dial in at the plate.

Keelin Davis, the Falcon No. 9 hitter, cracked a single to left leading off the fifth.

Emily Jackson was safe on an error when the first baseman dropped a routine throw, and Kayla O’Farrell lined another single to left to score Davis, moving up on the throw.

Makenna Weir’s hard liner to short was the first out, then Lauren Burchak bounced a single up the middle for a 3-1 Falcon lead. Sara Taketa then ripped a sizzler to shortstop — a possible double play ball —  that Taylor Peacocke could not handle to put runners on first and second, and up stepped Alex Boyd.

The strapping junior catcher laced a no-doubt laser beam well over the right-center field fence for a three-run homer to make it 6-1 and swing the momentum pendulum in a big way — just like that.

Woodinville added six more runs — two in the sixth and four in the seventh —  but didn’t really need to as pitching ace Madie Schreyer retired the final nine outs in a row, five with strikeouts for a total of 13 Ks in the three-hitter. Schreyer walked two.

The Lady Falcons banged out 15 hits including three apiece by Burchak and Taketa, and two each from Jackson, O’Farrell, Boyd and Davis.

Note: On Friday the Lady Falcons beat Juanita 4-0 at WHS, pinning the first loss of the season on highly regarded Rebel hurler Allison Rhodes. She was outdueled by Schreyer, who tossed a one-hit shutout, striking out 10 and walking two. Woodinville is now 9-0 overall, 4-0 in KingCo.

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Alex Boyd is greeted at the plate after her three-run homer. Staff photo/Don Mann.

All about Mariners baseball

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Come talk baseball with Jon Wells, sportswriter, founder of The Grand Salami magazine and author of Shipwrecked: A Peoples’ History of the Seattle Mariners   May 10  at 7 p.m. at Third Place Bookstore  in Lake Forest Park.  The event is free.

Third Place Books is located at 17171 Bothell Way NE in Lake Forest Park. For additional information, call (206-366-3333.