It’s curtains for Mohawk fastball

The Mohawk women’s fastball team fell 2-1 to the Conestoga Condors in their one-game Ontario Colleges Athletic Association showdown in Kitchener Tuesday (Oct. 13). The Condors singled in the game winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to advance to the OCAA championship in Hamilton this coming weekend.

The Mountaineers drew first blood in the top of the second inning when Natalie Crane drew a bases loaded walk. There was also a controversial moment that same inning, also with the bases loaded, when Krystle Hinton slashed the ball down the left field line. The Mountaineers maintained it was a fair ball which would have cleared the bases, but it was ruled foul.

Then, in the third inning, the Condors tied the score 1-1. It stayed that way until the final frame’s dramatic end. Mohawk’s Jessica Roloson pitched a complete game, scattering eight hits, but absorbed the loss.

Mountaineers’ head coach Brian Weller was proud of his players. “They stuck together and never got down on themselves,” said Weller. “They never gave up.”

It was a very young team this season and more than a dozen players are possible returnees next year. But for 2009, they’ll miss the big dance, as Conestoga joins Durham, St. Clair and Seneca in the OCAA Championship Oct. 16-17 at Mohawk Sports Park.