Mother Nature must not be ready for softball season

For the second week in a row, Blue Mountain CC softball has been rescheduled. Instead of playing at Wenatchee Friday and Yakima Saturday, NWAACC East Region games have been pushed back to Sunday and Monday.

The games were rescheduled due to a major rain event that hit the Northwest Wednesday and raised many rivers and tributaries to flood level stages. Game times for both dates, however, will be 2 and 4 p.m.

“It certainly wasn’t what we wanted,” said coach Tom Mauldin. “The girls will miss the first day of Spring Term due to the scheduling change. We had hoped to give them Sunday and Monday off, but with home games April 6 and 7 versus Walla Walla and Columbia Basin, Tuesday will be the only non-softball day.”

BMCC is 4-8 overall.

BMCC will take on Wenatchee and Yakima without leading hitter and starting shortstop Cheyenne Friend. The freshman from Redmond (Ore.) is batting over .500 and is averaging more than an RBI per game. Friend is out with back spasms and it is not know when she will return.

“It sure changes our lineup not having Cheyenne, but we have to put a silver lining on all situations. This gives us an opportunity for experience for other players and that, ultimately, gives us more depth and versatility. Yes, we’d rather have Cheyenne in the lineup, but she’s out, so we’ve got to make the most of it.”

With Friend out, second baseman Randi Kostner moves to short and outfielder/third baseman Cassie Hernandez moves to second. That also means extra outfield time for someone else.

“We’ve got some players working hard for playing time,” said Mauldin, who mentioned Kaley Lyles, Paige Woodward, Chyenne Carter and Megan McIntyre as players who will get more outfield time.

The T-Wolves have a lot of softball coming up for April with four games each weekend, plus Tuesday double headers April 10 and 17. The annual NWAACC crossover tournament will be played April 21-22 in Yakima.