The Mohawk Mountaineers claimed the fourth and final berth at this weekend’s Ontario Colleges Athletic Association women’s fastball championship in Oshawa. The Mountaineers whipped Conestoga 11-1 in a sudden death qualifier (Tuesday Oct. 12) which ended in the fifth inning because of the mercy rule.
The Condors opened the scoring in the first inning at Mohawk Sports Park, but Mohawk scored three times in the third frame and six times in the fourth. The Mountaineers explosion came after Conestoga committed a rules violation by not informing the umpire of a pitching change. Mohawk caught the faux pas and after a delay of several minutes discussing the situation, play resumed and Mohawk sent 12 batters to the plate in their big inning.
Winning pitcher Jessica Roloson kept the Condors off the board after the first inning and got loads of support at the plate. Melanie White and Sara Simmons each drove in three runs; Amber Silversmith and Ericka Downey each had two RBIs; Kattie Ransom added one.
Mohawk head coach Brian Weller says the team’s hitting in the game was a pleasant surprise but not a shocking one. He noted this is how they hit for a good part of the season, but it dropped off for some reason. He admitted it has to be a confidence boost going into the OCAA Championship in Oshawa Friday and Saturday (Oct. 15-16). The Mountaineers will face host Durham Lords, the regular season champions, in the opening game. Weller feels his team can win that game, pointing to the fact they had a 5-1 lead going into the 7th inning against Durham September 21, but couldn’t hold it and the Lords went on to a perfect 10-0 regular season.
Along with Durham and Mohawk, St. Clair and Seneca will also be playing in the OCAA event.