Mohawk pitcher named to OCAA all millennium team

Former Mohawk Mountaineer Alison Diplock has been named to the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s Women’s Fastball All-Millennium team.

Diplock was a standout pitcher for the Mountaineers in the early 1990s. In 1993 she was the OCAA’s pitching champion and in that year and the following season she was an all-star and a bronze medalist in the playoffs with her teammates.

In total, 12 former players were selected to the all-millennium squad chosen from teams prior to the change of the millennium.

The Durham College Lords placed six on the team. The list includes four previous league batting champions, seven different pitching champions and one multiple winner, current Conestoga College head coach Fawn Day, who won the award in the 1994 and 1995 seasons.

There are also three members who currently hold individual records, including Tara Mowder for most hits in a game with five, and Heather Anderson for most runs-batted-in in a game (six). Debbie Wadsworth still holds two records including most strike outs in a game and in a season with 16 and 119 respectively.

The All-Millennium teams were introduced in 2000, when volleyball and basketball players were spotlighted. This year the OCAA will recognize 68 former athletes as members of the women’s fastball, and men’s and women’s soccer and badminton All-Millennium teams.

The athletes will be formally recognized at the OCAA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Windsor on April 29.

Joining Mohawk’s Diplock are:

Heather Anderson, Canadore – Two time OCAA All-Star (1995 and 1996), league batting champion, 1995;

Fawn Day, Conestoga – Two time OCAA pitching champion (1994 and 1995), two time OCAA All Star (1994, 1995);

Leslie Balson, Durham – 1997 OCAA championship MVP, won two OCAA championships;

Laurie Castator (Thompson), Durham – 1985 OCAA pitching champion, overall record 16-2, OCAA Championship (1984);

Darlene Cook (Anderson), Durham – 1984 OCAA pitching champion, overall record 16-3, OCAA Championship (1984);

Jill Drinkwater, Durham – 1991 OCAA pitching champion, two gold, one silver, one bronze (medalled every year);

Stacey Fertile, Durham – 1995 OCAA All-Star, #3 all time OCAA batting leader (.485)’

Julie Hornsby, Durham – Two time OCAA All-Star, career .400 batting average;

Wendy Rowbotham, Loyalist – 1988 OCAA batting champion (.563), 1988 OCAA pitching champion;

Tara Mowder, Seneca – Three time OCAA All Star, two time OCAA batting champion (1993 and 1996);

Debbie Wadsworth, Seneca – Three time OCAA All Star, OCAA record holder strikeouts season (119), strikeouts in a game