Delayed road trip ends with T-Wolves earning sweep of YVCC

Relying on the long ball, the Lady Timberwolves took a pair of NWAACC East Region games from hosting Yakima Valley Community College Monday, April 2.

BMCC’s two wins Monday followed a pair of Sunday losses to Wenatchee, 12-1 and 4-1. 

The nice thing about Monday is that the women overcame injuries to three starters to tally 21 base hits and commit just one error. Every single player contributed.

With Piper Carstens (freshmen/Pilot Rock) hitting a grand slam in the opener and Megan “Mac” McIntyre (sophomore/Spokane) hitting a three-run homer in the second game, BMCC swept  YVCC, 13-5 and 9-1. Both games were ended after 5 innings due to the 8-run rule. The second game took just 61 minutes.

For Carstens, who hit her share of home runs in high school and summer ball, it was her first-ever grand slam. It came in a 5-run first inning. The Wolves added 5 more in the second.

Carstens and Jordan Bennett (sophomore/Vancouver) each had 4 RBIs in the first game. Bennett, with relief help from Megan Alexander (sophomore/Gladstone), picked up the win on the mound.

Paige Aldred (freshman/LaGrande) played second base on Monday and did a very good job. In addition, she had a triple and two singles and scored three runs. She did an excellent job leading off.

Normal leadoff hitter Randi Kostner (freshman/Sutherlin) was moved to third in the order and shortstop due to an injury to leading hitter Cheyenne Friend, who did not make the trip.

Kostner was credited with 6 hits on Monday. On Sunday, Wenatchee Valley CC coaches praised Kostner’s defense at shortstop.

In all, BMCC had a dozen base hits in the opener as sophomore Kendal Weber (Canby) added a pair.

Carstens was starting at first base in place of Kerica Cusick (freshman/Spokane) who broke her left hand when hit by a pitch on Sunday at Wenatchee. Prior to being plucked, Cusick had four-straight base hits. Cusick, who is hitting over .300, is likely lost for the season.

In the second game, McIntyre’s three-run shot highlighted a 9-run fourth inning. Kostner doubled and tripled in the fourth inning. Weber singled and doubled in the 8-hit inning.

Kaley Lyles (freshman/Wasilla, AK) had her first two collegiate base hits in the second game.

For McIntyre, who led BMCC’s basketball team in rebounds this last season, the homer was her first collegiate base hit.

In picking up her third win, Alexander limited the Yaks to a double and three singles. She did not walk a batter.

The bats were much quieter against WVCC with the Wolves collecting just 4 hits in the opener and only 5 in the second game.

Kostner drove in the lone run in the fifth inning of the opener after singles by Carstens and Stephanie Figueroa (freshman/Nampa). 

WVCC had 14 hits in the 11-run first-game victory.

Instead of mailing in the second game, the Wolves bounced back. WVCC managed only 4 hits off of Bennett, but took advantage of untimely walks combined with timely base hits.

With the wins, the T-Wolves are 6-10 on the season and 2-6 in the East Region of the NWAACC.

Next up is league-leading Walla Walla (10-0). Game has a bit of a special meaning as two Walla Walla pitchers (Dara Kosanke and KayDee Tarin) are former players and private pitching clients of BMCC coach Tom Mauldin.