As the game went to the bottom of the 7th inning, Woodinville trailed Bothell10-7 and things looked bleak.
The Falcons were 18-0 on the season and on the verge of losing the KingCo Championship game.
But looking in the dugout, the girls in green seemed relatively loose and carefree.
“These girls always have smiles on their faces,” Woodinville coach KimBenedict said. “Even when we were down to Bothell, they smiled and goofed off in the dugout, being their crazy selves. They have a weird connection in that dugout and it works for them. That is what makes them the WoodinvilleSlowpitch team.”
Woodinville scored two runs and had the bases loaded. Catcher Laura Dobey stepped up to the plate when time out was called.
Dobey huddled with CoachBenedict and expressed her anxiety. Benedict told her “You’re going to be fine. You have confidence and the team has confidence in you.”
Moments later, Dobeyswung at a pitch and hit a screamer up the middle. The ball traveled all the way to the fence. Two runs scored, and Dobey ended up at third.
“When it happened it was a blur,” Dobey said. “I stepped on third base and there were14 girls around me hitting me. I was very excited but very emotional.”
Woodinville won 11-10 and captured the KingCo Crown with an unblemished 19-0 record. This was the inaugural season for slowpitch softball for both Woodinville and the KingCo Conference.
“The girls played their hearts out,” Benedict said. “They knew what to expect from these teams and they didn’t let anything get in their way.”
Woodinville subsequently traveled to Yakima last weekend for the State Tourney. A recap will be featured in the Nov. 11 issue of the Woodinville Weekly.
“This season has been really awesome,” senior captain Jada Alcantara said. “Half this team I didn’t know until tryouts came. It has been a great way to start my senior year and go down in history with all these new friends and winning KingCo. It’s our little family here.
“I just want to have fun [inYakima],” she added. “We've made it this far playing the game we love by having fun. No stress. That's the mentality we need to take going into this."