SPOKANE – Woodinville coach Dani Weir was used to games like Friday’s quarterfinal at Spokane’s Dwight Merkel Sports Complex. Her Falcons trailed through the first six innings of their game with Todd Beamer.
And then they pulled it out by scoring five runs in the top of the seventh for an 8-5 victory.
“We like making it tough on ourselves,” she said. “We’ve done it all season long.”
The Titans opened the game with back-to-back singles and their first three batters scored to make it 3-0 before Woodinville picked up a bat. They went into the seventh inning with a 4-3 lead.
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The Falcons got their first three runners aboard to start the inning, but the Titans’ Madison Rogers came back to strike out the next hitter and coaxed Sarah Taketa to hit a bouncer to second that allowed the tying run to score on a throw to the plate. Freshman Jordyn Boyd drilled a double to center field to clear the bases and scored on a grounder to short by Maggie Loyett to make it 8-4.
Freshman pitcher Olivia Reiner allowed a single in the bottom of the inning and the runner scored on an infield error. But she recovered to strike out Rogers to end the game.
“She’s been tough like that all season long,” Weir said. “She loves to compete, and that’s what I ask of all our players.”
Woodinville will face Puyallup in a 9 a.m. semifinal game on Saturday. Bethel will face Walla Walla in the other semifinal game.
The Vikings shut down Snohomish in their quarterfinal game, 4-1 behind clutch pitching by senior pitcher Marissa Miller, who insisted it was just another outing.
“I tried to treat it as just another game,” the Puyallup senior pitcher said. “We’ve played a lot of tough games and this was just one more.”
Staked with a lead after Emily Ensrud reached on an infield single and scored in the top of the first inning, Miller held Snohomish scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning to advance to Saturday morning’s semifinal round.
Ensrud got things rolling again, reaching on an infield single and advancing to third on a throwing error to spark a three-run third inning that made it 4-0.
“Getting the lead right off the bat was huge,” Puyallup coach Tony Batinovich said.
Snohomish bounced back to knock off Battle Ground, 7-4, and faces Redmond in a loser-out game on Saturday morning.
The Mustangs recovered from a 15-5 loss to Tahoma in their opener, knocking off Lake Stevens, 7-2, and beat Beamer, 10-9.