Falcons secure state berth with 8-2 victory over Inglemoor.

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KENMORE — Last year’s softball run ended in the state semifinals for Woodinville. The book hasn’t closed for the Falcons on the 2015 season, but it will include another trip to Spokane for the Class 4A tournament.

And they will take home a piece of hardware that eluded them in 2014.

Woodinville used a five-run third inning to separate itself from Inglemoor and capture the KingCo 4A championship with an 8-2 win at Inglemoor High School on Wednesday. The Falcons also (21-1) secured a spot in the state tournament. The Vikings (15-7) will host Redmond — 7-4 winners over Issaquah in a loser-out game Wednesday — at 5 p.m. Thursday to play for the second and final KingCo berth into the state tournament.

The Falcons dropped the league title game last season to Redmond with a roster filled with freshmen.

“We were really lucky to have a lot of freshmen and get them seasoned early, so this year they may be sophomores, but they play like juniors and some of them play like seniors,” coach Dani Weir said. “Having them come in and be such an outstanding group as freshmen, allowed us to come in more experienced.”

The first challenge has been met with the tournament title. With KingCo getting only two berths to the state tournament after reclassification, the loser of the championship game now has to play a loser-out contest against the winner of the consolation bracket. The Falcons will now see if they learned enough from last year to make a deeper run.

“I think we can really take what we learned last year,” said sophomore pitcher Lauryn Rhinehart, who came in on relief to earn the win. “Really learn from a lot of our mistakes and use it to make us better.”

Rhinehart teamed with starter Olivia Riener to toss four innings, facing the minimum. The only two runs Inglemoor managed came in the third off Riener on a double by Izzy Riddle. The Vikings’ senior tied the score at 2-2, but Woodinville quickly struck back.

The Falcons collected just two hits in the bottom of the third, but scored three straight runs on a bases-loaded walk and two hit-by-pitches to take a 5-2 lead. A throwing error by the catcher allowed another run to score and Gina Wyner capped the inning with an RBI single for a 7-2 lead.

The Falcons tacked on their final run in the sixth on Jordyn Boyd’s homer.

“We had goals that we wanted to accomplish, and this was part of those goals,” senior Nicole Chavlik said. “Coming out here and being with each other, we had the eyes on the prize. We just took it one pitch, one inch, everything at a time.”