No less than another Class 4A state championship might be good enough for the Falcons and their ace pitcher, Madi Schreyer.
Be stubborn to the standard.
That’s the mantra of the nationally ranked Woodinville softball team this season.
That standard is high, especially after winning the Class 4A state championship last season. And no one expects more from herself than senior Madi Schreyer.
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Perfection is rare in the pitching circle, but Schreyer was sensational as a junior, going 21-0 with a 0.28 earned-run average and 189 strikeouts in 123 innings on a multitalented team that featured seven seniors.
“We had a dream team,” Schreyer said. “It was just the perfect season. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
And this weekend in Spokane, she wants more of the same as the Falcons (21-1), ranked seventh in one national poll, try to repeat.
“Our goal is to win state, knock on wood,” said Schreyer, who committed to Stanford as a sophomore and was named Washington’s Gatorade Player of the Year last June. “We all trust each other on the field and work so well together. We know ultimately what our goal is and we will do anything to reach that goal.”
The pressure has been on all season, but Schreyer hasn’t shied from it.
“We knew coming into the season we were going to have that target on our backs, but our mindset as a team is never back down,” she said.
In March, Schreyer (18-1) suffered only her second high-school loss to another national powerhouse North Medford, Ore., 3-2. Her ERA has risen to 0.84, in part because she and catcher Alex Boyd are calling the pitches and she is tweaking some of them. But her strikeout ratio is nearly the same.
“It’s just me learning how to deal with different counts and different batters and what to throw them,” Schreyer said.
Boyd, who has signed with Oregon State, says Schreyer is as strong as ever.
“She keeps getting better and better,” Boyd said.
Schreyer has spent parts of the last two summers with the Canadian junior and senior national teams and played club ball last year for a California team that won a national title.
She looks forward to the challenges at Stanford, but says she’ll miss her high school teammates.
“It’s exciting, but it’s also bittersweet, heartbreaking, too,” Schreyer said, “because me and the girls work so well together and the team has such good chemistry.”
And, together, they want to be stubborn to their standard one last weekend.
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