Despite setbacks, coach sees promise in Mountaineers’ fastball


The Mohawk women’s fastball team completed play in the annual CanAm Classic tournament in Oshawa on Sunday (Sep. 20), bowing 8-0 to the host Durham Lords. Jessica Denstedt was the losing pitcher.

While the team is still looking for its first win, coach Brian Weller said the Mountaineers are finally starting to make contact at the plate although fielding still needs some work. Weller said the pitchers, in most games, have held their opponents, but after a couple of times through the order, it’s been rough. However, the coach said his players aren’t getting down on themselves and continue to work hard.

On Saturday morning (Sep. 19), the Lords handed the Mountaineers their 4th straight Ontario Colleges Athletic Association fastball defeat, 8-1. Emily Caravaggio suffered the loss for Mohawk.
The game with the Lords doubled as their opener in Durham’s annual CANAM Classic.

Mohawk then had to play Monroe Community College immediately after and absorbed a 14-1 setback to the Tribunes, who scored 10 runs in the first inning. Jessica Roloson took the loss. Monroe, from Rochester, N.Y., is a three-time U.S. junior college champion and finished third in last year’s National championship.

They have also won their regional title the last four years.

Meanwhile, after six away games (including the weekend tournament), the Mountaineers finally get to play at home for the first time today (Tuesday, Sep. 22). Mohawk, which is 0-4 in OCAA action, will entertain the St. Clair Saints in a doubleheader, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Mohawk Sports Park.