Mohawk mines silver at OCAA fastball showdown

The Durham Lords made it two straight Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Women’s Fastball Championships, defeating a battling Mohawk Mountaineers’ side 2-0 in the gold medal match at the Lords’ home field in Oshawa on Saturday (Oct. 20).

Mohawk and Durham were going along scoreless until the fourth inning when, with two runners on, the Lords hit a shallow fly to right field which took a bad bounce and produced the game’s two runs.

In the seventh and final inning, the Mountaineers had the tying runs on first and third with two out. Casey Ramey, who made good contact at the plate all afternoon long, connected again with a well hit ball, but flied out to centre field to end the game.

Mohawk centre fielder Nicole Miller was the Mountaineer player of the game.

“It was a tremendous effort,” said Mohawk head coach Brian Weller. “We made good contact all game and had lots of runners, but just couldn’t bring them in.”

The silver medal by Mohawk in this tournament was one colour better than the bronze the Mountaineers captured last year. And this was not an easy runner up finish. Mohawk lost the opening game 4-0 to St. Clair on Friday, and could not lose another game in the double knockout format. They proceeded to win game two, 4-3 over Conestoga on Friday, then on Saturday turned in a terrific performance, defeating St. Clair 6-2. They then had to come out immediately and face the Lords, who have now won five of the last six OCAA titles.

Mohawk’s Jenny Koschanow, who threw every single pitch for her team in the tournament, was selected the top pitcher in the championship. Danielle Smith, the pitcher for the champion Durham squad, was named tourney MVP.

Koschanow and infielder Ellie Hogg were named to the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association fastball all-star team prior to the tournament, at the championship banquet in Oshawa on Thursday (Oct. 18).