Mohawk Mountaineers hope a strong finish at the Can Am Classic Women’s Fastball Tournament in Oshawa will carry over when they return to regular league play on Tuesday.
The Mountaineers placed third in the two-day tournament and finished with a 6-2 win, beating the Seneca Sting on Sunday (Sept. 23). On Tuesday, they’ll be up against Kitchener’s Conestoga College and its 5-1 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association record. Mohawk is 2-3 in league play. The first pitch is released at 5.30 p.m.at Mohawk Sports Park on Mohawk Road East.
On the weekend, the Mountaineers took third place after losing 7-6 to the host Durham Lords in their final round robin contest, and then topped the Sting.
In the day’s opener, Mohawk scored all its runs in the second inning before Durham rallied for the decision. Overall, coach Brian Weller said it was a much better performance by his team, comparing the Mountaineers’ 12-4 OCAA loss to Durham Friday and tournament defeats at the hands of Seneca and New York’s Monroe Community College on Saturday.
“The bottom half of the order really came through for us in the six run second,” said Weller, noting that the entire team was making contact. Durham did not record a single strikeout in the game.
Bridgit Rewald started for Mohawk, but it was Jessica Roloson who was the hard luck loser allowing only one run in three complete innings pitched.
In Sunday’s third place game, vintage Jenny Koschanow dominated the mound. Jenny “K” went the distance and fanned 14, as the Mountaineers knocked off Seneca. The victory avenged the 12-2 pasting the Sting gave Mohawk on Saturday. Roloson, who played right field in the final game, touched the bases all three times she came to the plate, with a home run, a single and a walk. She also scored twice. Ellie Hogg went two-for-three and Koschanow was two-for-four.