Long ball powers Timberwolves to sweep over WWU

The Blue Mountain Community College softball squad relied on almost all aspects of softball in taking a pair of non-league games from Walla Walla University Sunday, March 18 at BMCC.


The T-Wolves collected 21 base hits - eight extra base hits, including four home runs - in winning 7-2 and 11-2 to raise their record to 4-4.


In addition to the hitting display that included 14 hits in the second game, the T-Wolves got excellent pitching from sophomores Jordan Bennett and Megan Alexander. Bennett allowed four hits and struck out a season-high 10 in the 7-inning opener and Alexander held WWU to five hits in the five-inning second game called due to the 8-run lead rule after 5 innings.


Add to the hitting and pitching excellent defense, and it was a very successful twinbill. All total, BMCC turned four double plays and each seemed quicker than the first one. The T-Wolves committed just one error in each game.


Freshman shortstop Cheyenne Friend led the hit parade with two homers, a double and four runs batted in during the second game. Freshman Piper Carstens (Friend’s cousin) had two hits, including a 250-foot homer over the flag pole in left field. Also adding home run power was Bennett, who had a two-run single among her three hits. 


Friend and Carstens each hit two-run homers in the first inning of the nightcap. Bennett’s solo shot followed Friend’s second two-run homer of the game in the third inning.


In that second game, Randi Kostner singled twice and freshman Cassie Hernandez singled and doubled.


In the opener, Kostner singled, doubled and tripled and Paige Aldred, Friend, Bennett, Stephanie Figueroa and Kerica Cusick each drove in a run. In other words, there was a lot of offense by a lot of different players.


Ten different T-Wolves had base hits in the pair of wins.


Friend had four hits and five RBIs on the day. She’s been working hard on her swing and it is near perfect. 


Prior to Sunday’s double header, the Wolves took extra hitting Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It showed.


Among the highlights was the hustle. The first game took an hour and 16 minutes, the second game was 10 minutes shorter.


BMCC opens NWAACC East Region play March 23 at Spokane, then visits Big Bend of Moses Lake on the 24th.