“It wasn’t the right fit for me.”
That was Madi Schreyer’s take on her time at Stanford. The former Woodinville Falcon star pitcher had left for Palo Alto in 2013 with the belief it was her dream school. But Cardinal coach John Rittman resigned and the following season proved tumultuous. So Schreyer decided that the University of Washington might serve her best.
“I thought I would try it out with the new Stanford coaches,” Schreyer said. “But after going through the injury my sophomore year and the team [issues] I just realized I wanted to make a decision for my own well-being and my own happiness. Obviously it would have been amazing to get a degree from Stanford. But UW is a great school as well. So I made the decision to come back home and play for coach [Heather] Tarr and finish up my three years.”
The 2017 season was a good one. The Huskies reached the Women’s College World Series and finished third in the nation. Schreyer pitched in 24 games, compiling a 7-3 record with a 3.06 ERA. She tossed five shutouts, and faced Oklahoma and Florida in the World Series.
“The season was awesome,” Schreyer said. “It took a while for us to get together and on the same page. But we got there. It was always one of my biggest dreams to play in the World Series. It was incredible. I miss it so much and it was only three weeks ago.”
Schreyer cited the Florida game as the highlight for her season. “They didn’t score off me for the five innings I pitched,” she said. “It was a surreal feeling. The energy in the stadium was great.”
Schreyer’s homecoming hasn’t been limited to softball. Closer proximity to Woodinville means more time with her family. She watches her brother Quinn play football for the Falcons. And she mentors her 10-year old sister’s Zoe’s art projects.
“Ever since I was little I have done these art projects,” she said. “Zoe likes to make sculptures or dioramas for her dolls. My mom calls me a built-in babysitter. I adopted that second mother roll for [Zoe].”
Schreyer graduated this spring, though she retains one more year of eligibility. But her experience over the past four years has provided a key life lesson.
“The biggest thing I learned from transferring to UW was that I need to take care of myself first and do what is best for my well-being,” she said. “I feel like a lot of people stay in situations that aren’t necessarily benefitting them or making them the best person or player they can be. Maybe it’s because it’s the easy route or they’re scared to do it. Or maybe they don’t want to disappoint other people. It was definitely a hard decision leaving
Stanford, and obviously I wanted to be closer to my family and come back home.
“But I’m very proud of myself for not taking the easy route and staying in a situation that wasn’t benefitting me,” she said.