Pitchers’ dual won by Seneca, beating Mohawk in final inning

The Mountaineers were stung by the Sting who scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh inning to give Seneca a 2-1 win over Mohawk in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association women’s fastball at Mohawk Sports Park on Tuesday (Sept. 18). The loss left Mohawk with a 2-2 record while Seneca picked up its first win in three tries.

Stars of the game were pitchers Rebecca Cunningham and Jenny Koschanow put on a pitching display. Cunningham, who picked up the win, struck out 13 Mohawk batters while Koschanow (2-2), fanned 12 Stingers. The pitching loss for Koschanow came on the heels of her selection as OCAA Female Athlete of the Week.

Koschanow, entering her third season with the Mountaineers, pitched a no-hitter on Sept. 14. After retiring the game’s leadoff hitter on a pop out to first base, Koschanow was untouchable going on to strikeout the next eight Cambrian batters she would face. She would then finish the game shutting out the Golden Shield en route to the no-hit victory.

Koschanow won her second game of the year in relief the next day, pitching three shutout innings. In her OCAA career, Koschanow has recorded 145 strikeouts, including 22 this season, earning her the nickname Jenny “K” Koschanow.

Caitlin Carverhill drove in the lone Mohawk run on Tuesday.

Mountaineers’ head coach Brian Weller said Cunningham was definitely the first quality pitcher his club has faced so far and it took them a while to make contact. Weller added, with the defeat, the Mountaineers, who won an OCAA bronze medal last season, “really have our work cut out for us now.”

Mohawk’s next game will be Friday (Sept. 21) when they visit the Durham Lords. The team will then stay in Oshawa for Durham’s annual Can Am Classic that weekend.