The Mohawk women’s fastball team split its decisions on day one of the Durham Can-Am Classic Fastball tournament in
Oshawa on Saturday (Sep. 20).
The Monroe Tribunes of Rochester, N.Y., blanked the Mountaineers 5-0 in their opening game. All the runs against losing pitcher Jessica Roloson were unearned.
In their second, Mohawk downed the Seneca Sting 4-3 with Jenny Koschanow posting the victory.
Mohawk started early, pushing two runs across in the top of the first inning on a clutch hit by catcher Sam Tubman. The
Mountaineers played with a lead the entire game, but the Sting put the pressure on in the bottom of the seventh. But the tying run was thrown out at third attempting to go first to third for the final out of the game.
Mohawk was led offensively by Tubman, Ellie Hogg, who chipped in with two hits, and Katie Brydges who added an RBI
Mountaineers’ head coach Brian Weller said the score should have been higher, but after Mohawk got up on the Sting, they let them back in.
The coach made two observations in assessing the day’s play. “The bats haven’t come to life just yet.” And as far as the errors are concerned, Weller said, “We like to use all our players in tournaments like this and some of them are out of position. That contributes to the errors.”
Still, the coach said everyone is at least making contact with the ball and the pitching is better. It was a definite improvement on the 8-0 shellacking the team took at the hands of the host Durham Lords in regular Ontario Colleges Athletic Assocition action Friday, when the team didn’t play well at all.
In other tourney scores. Durham downed Seneca 7-0 and then blanked Monroe 4-0.
Today (Sunday), Seneca plays Monroe at 9 a.m. am then Mohawk gets a crack at unbeaten Durham at 11 a.m.