NORTH ADAMS -- Drury's Cat Record and Mount Greylock's Heather Tomkowicz combined to throw 318 pitchers Thursday afternoon.
Three hundred eighteen pitches and just 77 of them were balls. Neither pitcher issued a walk in a marathon 15-inning softball game that lasted more than three hours and forced the lights at the Alcombright Athletic Complex to be turned on heading into the 14th inning.
Amber Iacuessa turned into the hero in the bottom of the 15th for the Blue Devils. She sent a pitch straight up the middle and Jordan Vanuni scored from second, beating Miranda Voller's throw from center to give the Blue Devils a 4-3 walk-off win.
"Not in a single game, I've never come close to that," Tomkowicz said of her 175 pitches. "I'm just really proud of us and I think they did a great job, too. It's just an honor to be in a game like this. It just doesn't happen."
Both pitchers gave up back-to-back two-out doubles in the first inning but fell into a groove after that. The team's then matched runs in the sixth and again in the 14th.
Tomkowicz notched 14 strikeouts and gave up nine hits.
Record struck out 16 Greylock batters and gave up 13 hits. She left eight runners in scoring position, including leaving the bases full in the fourth and 14th innings.
"So exciting," an exhausted Record said. "I like games like this. This was probably my favorite game to be a part of."
It's not just taxing on the pitchers to throw that many innings and pitches, but also the catchers.
Drury's Ingrid Olsen and Greylock's Kendal Frye caught all 15 innings.
"It's a lot of work. I get very anxious," said Olsen, a freshman. "It's hard to keep your head out there and be out there the whole time."
"It was just a really amazing game," Frye said. "Obviously, it didn't go the way we wanted. Other than that, it was a great game to be part of."
Fyre led the Mounties in hits. She finished the day 4 for 7 with two doubles. It was Record that had the big day for the Blue Devils. She was 3 for 6 with three doubles. Of the 22 hits in the game, 10 of them were doubles.
The power bats went away in the extra frames, however. Both teams turned to strategy to score in the bonus innings.
Meredith Dezieck scored in the 14th when Samantha Joy laid down a bunt with Dezieck on third. She barely beat the throw home.
Laryssa LaPointe tied the game with aggressive baserunning in the bottom half of the inning. She doubled then stole third, but Frye's throw got past Celsete Gravel and trickled down the third-base line, allowing LaPointe to scamper home.
"That was just a battle," Drury coach Mary Ann Maroni said. "Mount Greylock shouldn't hang their heads at all. They were in it the whole entire game. Lady luck just shinned down on us at the end of the ball game. It was a heck of a ball game."
Iacuessa was 0 for 5 before stepping into the batters' box in the 15th. Vanuni moved to second on a pitch in the dirt and scored on the ball up the middle.
"I was just thinking really hard that we wanted to win," Iacuessa said. "We were here for such a long time. I just wanted to put it out there and get the win.
"It was stressful. But we pulled together and worked really hard. Our team is just a big family."