Short bench hinders Mohawk in women’s fastball

The St. Clair Saints are tough enough to beat on the fastball diamond when you have 16 players at your ready. Having to beat them with just 10 players makes it nearly impossible.

The injury-riddled Mohawk Mountaineers, with only one available substitute lost twice to the Saints in Windsor on Wednesday (Sept. 29), 10-1 and 5-0 in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association play.

The Mountaineers were so strapped that Hagersville’s Jessica Roloson, less than 100 percent healthy herself, had to pitch both games.

Head coach Brian Weller said there was not much to say about the first game: St. Clair was hitting and his team wasn’t.

However, Mohawk was much better in the nightcap, even though they were blanked. “Jess (Roloson) was much stronger in the second game than in the first,” said Weller. “The team was more aggressive at the plate and the defense was much stronger as well.”

The coach had particular praise for rookie second sacker Katie Kropf (Waterloo) who handled the ball at least a half dozen times either making putouts or recording assists.

The Mountaineers saw their record drop to 2-6. St. Clair moved to 7-2, atop the standings.