BMCC dominates WWU, 17-0 and 16-0

 Okay, you’re the coach.  What would you rather have - good pitching, good hitting or good defense?

Rarely do you get all three. It happened twice for Blue Mountain Community College Tuesday (April 17) at Walla Walla University as the Timberwolves dominated both games of a double header, winning 17-0 and 16-0.

Good defense? There was plenty by BMCC as no errors were committed in either game.

Good hitting? There was plenty as BMCC exploded for 40 base hits, getting 20 in each five-inning game, including seven by shortstop Randi Kostner. On the day, Kostner had two homers, three doubles and six runs batted in. She also scored six runs.

Good pitching? Both BMCC starters, sophomores Megan Alexander and Jordan Bennett, limited the hosting Wolves to one hit in each game in pitching complete game (five inning) victories.

When head coach Tom Mauldin was asked which of three he was looking for Tuesday, he said defense.

“Our defense has struggled of late and we needed a good effort. Of our last 30 runs allowed, only five were earned. To not commit any errors in either game was needed,” said Mauldin. 

Other big hitters on the day included Paige Aldred, who had four hits and seven RBIs, Megan McIntyre, Cheyenne Friend and Bennett each had six hits in the two games with Bennett driving in four and three. McIntyre, Cassie Hernandez and Friend all homered, giving the T-Wolves five for the twinbill.

Every BMCC player had at least two hits for the day.

“It was good to see the bats exploded,” said Mauldin, who witnessed his team score only two runs in a pair of NWAACC losses to Big Bend on April 14. “We didn’t have a cheap hit on the day.”

The trip to Walla Walla was a bit costly, however, as BMCC lost starting catcher Kendal Weber to a sprained thumb on her catching hand in the second game. Outfielder Chyenne Carter and third baseman Stephanie Figueroa sat out both games due to injuries. Kerica Cusick was already on the bench with a broken hand and Friend was playing with a sore back (she missed 8 games earlier this season).

Add to that, Alexander is nursing a sore elbow, a sprained left ankle and still rehabbing her 2010 surgically repaired left knee. 

There’s more as Page Woodward is still hobbled with tender legs and can’t run full speed. She’s headed home to Moses Lake to see her physical therapist.

“The injury list is so long, I feel like I’m missing someone,” said Mauldin. “We have 13 players and 6 are down. We need some time to recover.”

As a result of the injury list, BMCC has withdrawn from the NWAAC’s Crossover tournament scheduled April 21-22 in Yakima.

“Everyone was disappointed, but everyone understands that league games are what counts. I’m not sure we could field nine for any of the games in Yakima,” said Mauldin. “We could be risking a player’s health, as well as the rest of the season. A couple of players thanked me for the extra time off, expressing they know how important our final 10 league games are.”

The 10-18 Wolves will host Yakima and Wenatchee on April 27-28.