Winless season doesn’t keep Mountaineers off all-star list

OCAA LogovectoreMohawk Mountaineers women’s fastball team may not have won a game during 15 outings, but teammates thought two players were worthy of all-star recognition in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association play.

With each nominating two players, the Mountaineers placed Nicole Leitch (Acton) and Becky Rabchuk (Oakville) into the all-star lineup.

Leitch, a fourth-year infielder, was second in hitting with the Mountaineers, posting a .477 batting average. She played in all 15 games for Mohawk without committing an error.

Infielder Rabchuk, in her third year, finished with a .306 batting average. She, too, was flawless in fielding.

The St. Clair Saints were the big winners at the 2013 OCAA Home Run Sports Women’s Fastball Championship banquet on Thursday night (Oct. 17).

The biggest prize went to Alexa Georgiou (Windsor) as the fastball player of the year. Georgiou was simply dominant from the pitcher’s rubber this season, leading the OCAA with 11 wins, no losses, 10 complete games, 74 2/3 innings pitched, 91 strike outs and a 0.94 earned-run-average. She also earned one save. Her exploits also garnered her the OCAA top pitcher and league all-star awards.

Georgiou was also reliable at the plate with a .340 batting average, going 17-for-50. She drove in 16 runs while scoring 14 times. She also led in doubles with eight.

Teammate Skyler-Dawn Patteson (Guelph) was the league’s top batter. Patteson topped with 27 hits and 23 RBI. She went 27-for-53 for a .509 batting average, and scored 17 times. She is also an OCAA all-star.

Amelia Maniuk (Oil Springs) of the Saints is the rookie of the year. Maniuk scored an OCAA-high 22 runs, and almost equaled Patteson’s total in hits with 26, batting .481 in a league-high 54 at bats. She also contributed six RBI.

First-year head coach Doug Wiseman is the coach of the year. Under his guidance, St. Clair had the league’s best record at 14-1, setting the team record for wins in a season. The Saints began the season on an 11-game win streak, and outscored the opposition 112-33.

Other all-stars included Stephanie Baril (New Hamburg) and Tori Taylor (Kitchener) of Conestoga College; Laura Arbour (Whitby) and Hope Eagleson (Plattsville) of Durham College; Olivia Crossley (Brampton) and Jacqueline O’Quinn (Etobicoke) of Humber College; and Nicole D’Anjou (Pickering) and Krista Owczar (Peterborough) of Seneca College.

The 2013 Home Run Sports OCAA Women’s Fastball Championship takes place Friday and Saturday at Wildwood Park in Mississauga.