Two Mountaineers make OCAA women’s all-star team

Mohawk Mountaineers’ infielder Jenna Pletzer and catcher Erika Downey were named to the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association women’s all-star fastball squad.

Pletzer is in her third year at Mohawk and is a graduate of Parry Sound District High School. She had a .158 batting average in the seven games she played.

Downey, a rookie, hails from Fisherville and graduated from Cayuga Secondary School. She finished the year with a .200 batting after and drove in two of the Mountaineers three runs scored in 12 games.

Mohawk finished the season with a 1-10 record.

Erin Dewey of the Durham Lords earned her second consecutive Player of the Year honours. A second-year player from Port Hope, Dewey made more plate appearances than any other player in the league with 41 visits and batted for an impressive .488, while driving in 13 runs for the league champions. Dewey also garnered notable attention for her defence on the left side of the infield playing both the third base and shortstop positions.

Kayla MacLean pitched a perfect game in her rookie season for the Lords and finished the year with a 1.75 ERA, a mark that was good enough to be named the Pitcher of the Year. In 28 innings pitches, MacLean faced the OCAA’s best and sat down 28 batters, giving up only 16 hits in the process. More impressively, the Whitby native surrendered just two walks on the season.

It was another pitcher who garnered Rookie of the Year honours, as the St. Clair Saint’s Samantha Newton earned the distinguished title. The Windsor, Ontario student-athlete pitched 27 innings and struck out 22 while posting a 2.59 ERA. As a batter, Newton hit for a .250 average and posted eight hits and six runs batted in on the season.

The Saints’ Bill Smith was named Coach of the Year after an impressive season that saw his team play to a 9-3 record, good enough for a runner-up finish in league action for the 2009-10 season.