EVERETT — All season long, Woodinville baseball coach Alan Dillman has preached to his team that it was all about getting hot at the right time.
After a tepid 7-6 start, the Falcons are officially on fire.
Woodinville pounded out 24 hits Saturday at Everett Memorial Stadium to beat Todd Beamer 12-0 and Cascade 8-3. The Falcons, winners of nine of their last 10, will play Puyallup in the final four in Pasco on Friday.
Trevor Cook had three of Woodinville’s 15 hits in the win over Cascade in the championship game.
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After dropping two straight in mid-April to drop near .500, Dillman called a team meeting to make sure everyone on his team understood they could still reach all their team goals.
Cook, a senior who also closed out the win over Cascade in relief of winning pitcher Connor White, said the meeting gave the team a big confidence boost.
“He just told us we could still win the state championship if we played how we are capable of playing,” Cook said. “Ever since then, we’ve been playing solid baseball. Our bats have come alive. We knew we had great hitters on this team, we just weren’t producing.”
Dillman said he told his team they were starting to run out of time.
“Things just finally clicked for us,” Dillman said. “Our bats just took off, and we continued to play good defense.”
The Falcons (16-7) are two wins from a state title.
“If we keep playing like we have been playing, I think we have a shot to win it all,” Cook said.
Alex Worthington pitched a one-hit shutout in Woodinville’s win over Todd Beamer, allowing only a fourth-inning single to Kepa Sharpe.
Cascade, which finished at 20-5, beat Gig Harbor 8-4 for the right to play in the title game.
The bottom of the Woodinville lineup was on fire in the championship win over Cascade.
Liam Herlihy, who was in the eighth spot in the lineup, had four consecutive singles and Cook, at No. 7, had two doubles among his three hits. Chris Okura, the No. 6 hitter, contributed two doubles.
Woodinville led only 4-3 until the seventh inning, when the Falcons used a walk and four hits that included back-to-back doubles by Cook and Okura to score four runs and put the game away.
Cascade threatened to make things interesting by getting two on in the bottom of the seventh, but Cook came on to get the final two outs.
In Cascade’s win over Gig Harbor, Ky Dye struck out seven in six innings and also had a pair of hits. K.J. Brady had two hits, a sacrifice fly and scored three runs for the Bruins.