MONMOUTH - After about seven hours on their bus, and on their third game site, the Blue Mountain softball team then had to endure a 12-inning marathon game that resulted in a 2-2 tie when the game was called because of darkness.
Poor field conditions forced their game against Chemeketa CC to be moved to Western Oregon University, but only after discovering their second choice was also unplayable.
Candice Castro went the entire 12 innings, facing 44 batters, striking out eight and walking none for what coach Tom Bequette called a "phenominal" outing.
It was the Timberwolves' (4-1-1) fielding that bit them in the end, as Chemeketa scored each of their runs on errors - one in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Still, Bequette said his team hung strong and were confident that had they had one more inning they would have walked away with the win.
"It confirmed what what we've been talking about with the kids," Bequette said of finishing out games, one of their short-comings last season. "We scored more, had more on base and unfortunately we had more errors."
Rebecca Franke recorded the only extra-base hit in the game with a double.
The Timberwolves are back in action today at Clark CC in a doubleheader at noon in Vancouver, Wash.
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2 6 2
2 7 4
Candice Castro and Jessica Bequette; Bradley and Hoffman.
2B - Franke (BMCC).