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Our Lady Falcons were ready to roll once again with a berth to 4A State on the line vs Newport last night in the semi-finals of the KingCo Tournament. Once again we had Olivia Riener on the mound packing more heat and more confidence in herself and her teammates to get it done.
Though Newport was laser focused on the same goal and put up a quick run on a home-run in the 2nd inning to lead 1-0. What they didn't know is that would be the first of only two hits on the night due to some great pitching & defense by Woodinville as they unleashed a torrent of offense at them starting in the 3rd inning.
Starting off with back to back walks by Lauryn Rhinehart and Nicole Shavlik, junior Alena Jones came up and put down a perfect bunt base hit to load the bases for Alyssa O'Farrell who smashed a 2 RBI line drive to right center to put the Lady Falcons up 2-1. Kathryn Hatlen then walked and Olivia helped herself by drilling a 2RBI to right to increase the lead to 4-1. Senior Maggie Loyet kept the roll on with an RBI single up the middle followed by an RBI by Jordan Boyd and when the inning was finally over for Newport the Lady Falcons were up 6-1. Newport just had the wind knocked out of them. And in a game totally driven by momentum our girls were riding it high knowing they had Newport on the ropes and a 4th 4A State berth awaiting a knockout blow.
They wasted no time on defense by flying all over the diamond fielding a bunt attempt at third by Lauryn, diving for a fly ball by Alena and snapping off a strikeout by Olivia. Back in with bats in our hands and more punishment in the 4th when Nicole leads off with a walk and a stolen base and Alena ropes a ball to short and forces an errant throw to score Nicole. Oilvia gets her third RBI of the night with a single to right scoring Alena. Tori Lettus wanted in on the offense as well so she smashed an RBI double to left followed by Maggie's second RBI of the night with a single up the middle. When the whirlwind of green and blue circling the bases was over it was 10-1 and our Lady Falcons were smelling another mercy run-rule.
With plenty of experience in the dugout of State championships (2005 & 2012) with teammates, ex-teammates and coaches, they understood how important it is to put the game away when you have the chance. Especially in a semi-final KingCo tournament game with a berth to State and a 5th in-a-row KingCo Title shot on the line.
So for the third time in the game we started the 5th inning with our leadoff Nicole getting on base with a walk and then a perfect sacrifice bunt by Alena followed by a hit by Alyssa up comes Kathryn. In a statement, Kathryn hit one of the hardest balls even seen hit at Inglemoor to score Alena and end the game with a 10-run mercy win.
Not to be overlooked was again the fantastic performance of the Freshman duo of Olivia on the mound and Jordan behind the dish simply locking it down all night.
Now... with a 4A State berth secured, ... with the Woodinville High School Fastpitch tradition of expected excellence carrying and defining them, ... led by a few who have been taught, lived, succeeded and whom understand the path to goal now surrounded by an amazingly talented young group of players, these 2014 Lady Falcons focus on a KingCo Championship for the 5th year in a row, 8 in the past 9 years, on Thursday vs Redmond, ... then on to State ... finishing their chapter...finishing it their way.
Game time 7pm at Inglemoor...come out and cheer them on!
Out at Inglemoor High School for the first round of the KingCo Tournament vs Issaquah. Our Lady Falcons were set to redeem their league loss and focus on the ultimate prize ahead... a berth to State for the fourth year in a row.
Issaquah out of the gate weren't going to go easily as they had plenty of enthusiasm and confidence as they put up a quick run on a couple of nice hits.
Though in the bottom of the second we got things going with a leadoff single by Tori Lettus to right field, a walk by Jordan Boyd and then a laser line drive RBI single by Lauryn Rhinehart to tie things up.
Olivia Riener on the mound went right at the batters and good pitching and defense kept runs off the board for Issaquah as we added another run with Olivia doubling to left center and Tori driving her in with her second of three hits on the night. Jordan and Lauryn had back to back walks and Nicole Shavlik cleared the bases with a 3 RBI double to open it up to 5-1.
In the 6th inning we got it going again with singles by Kathryn Hatlen, Alena Jones and Tori, doubles by Sara Taketa and Jordan and the runs were stacking up for Woodinville up 10-1 when Issaquah made a last ditch effort with a pitching change knowing one more run would mercy rule them, though Alyssa O'Farrell had other plans as she smashed a two-run walk off home run to end the game.
Next up is Newport at 5pm on Monday at Inglemoor.
Another perfect evening for our final game of the regular season. We found ourselves up against KingCo leading Redmond out at Hartman Park and our girls were ready for them this time.
We started out quickly with a double by Alena Jones followed by a couple of walks by Alyssa O'Farrell and Kathryn Hatlen, Olivia Riener hits a hard ball to the right side to score Alena. Up 1-0. Redmond would come back quickly in the bottom of the second putting up three of their own.
After a scoreless second by both teams, our Lady Falcons came storming back with a couple more to tie it after back to back hits by Alyssa and Kathryn and with two outs Olivia ropes a 2 RBI double down the right field line. We put two more up in the fourth after Tori Lettus leads off with a nice single up comes Jordan Boyd who launches a two-run home run to straight away center field putting us up 5-3.
Redmond wouldn't go away as they came storming back to score 3 in the bottom of the fourth to once again take the lead at 6-5 but in the top of the fifth Nicole Shavlik walked and was hit in by Kathryn to tie it 6-6. The pressure was getting to Redmond as their infield started to make errors on hard hit balls to get another and Tori took advantage too by stroking an RBI single to put us up 8-6 in the sixth.
Redmond battled back with one in the bottom of the sixth and with a one run lead going into the bottom of the seventh Olivia went right to work getting a quick two outs before Redmond would put a runner at third on a triple. A hard line drive to Melanie Bell in right field would seal the win as she makes a nice grab over her head.
Olivia was on the mound and going right after the Redmond batters all night long punching out two and walking only one.
Woodinville will get the #2 seed behind Redmond going into the KingCo 4A tournament starting this weekend. If this game was a preview then we have some pretty great ball coming up so come out and watch!
Out at Lower Woodland Park for another beautiful evening of ball against Ballard. Things were tight through 4 innings and then the flood gates opened up as the bats came alive. Multi-hit, multi-RBI game by over half of our batting order led by Tori Lettus (4 RBI's), Maggie Loyet (3 RBI's), Kathryn Hatlen (4 RBI's) and Alyssa O'Farrell (4 RBI's) and it became a run-away in the 5th inning as the lineup was turned over while scoring 10. Another 7 runs in the 6th inning and it was time to head to Dicks Drive-in for some burgers and shakes! Some more great defensive catches out in left field by Maggie as we are getting used to!
Freshman Lauryn Rhinehart was fantastic in the circle tonight punching out 13 Ballard bats cruising to a 20-3, 6-inning win for the Lady Falcons to push their record to 14-4.