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Mountaineers softball sees defensive improvement following three losses in Oshawa

Photo credit: Durham College Athletics/Al Fournier
Photo credit: Durham College Athletics/Al Fournier

Jarrett Matthews 
Student Journalist 


The Mountaineers women's softball team returned to the diamond in Oshawa over the weekend after their home opener was rained out earlier in the week.

With three games over the course of two days, the Mountaineers didn't get the results they were hoping for.

Mohawk's first game was against the Humber Hawks, who came out swinging. The Hawks would take a 3-0 lead after two innings, before adding another three in the fifth and erupting for 10 runs in the sixth.

Hawks pitcher Kadyn Wotton pitched six innings and held the Mountaineers to one hit, resulting in a 17-0 loss for Mohawk.

Mountaineers pitchers Olivia Thompson and Ally Lawson combined for six strikeouts in the game.

Shortstop Kerri Smith had the lone hit for the Mountaineers.

With the offense struggling early on in the season, Mohawk's Tamiko Chiba said the young team is getting to learn the pitching in the OCAA.

"The oppositions pitching has been quite impressive so far," Chiba said.

In the second game, Mohawk would fall 11-1 to the Durham Lords.

Kacie Harrison scored the only Mountaineers run in the third running, while Smith and Hope General picked up a hit each for Mohawk.

Durham's starting pitcher Sydney Redick pitched five and struck out eight.

In the third and final game of the weekend, the Mountaineers took on the Seneca Sting. It was a battle of two team's still searching for their first wins on the season.

The Sting opened the scoring in the third inning on a double by second baseman Brooklyn Carroll.

Mohawk would tie it up in the top of the fifth on a fielders' choice by Emma Harker that scored Lawson, but the Sting answered with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning.

The Mountaineers would go on to lose 5-2 with Michaela Walker scoring the second Mohawk run in the top of the sixth and Seneca adding two to their lead in the bottom half.

Both Harrison and General had two hits in the game for Mohawk.

Chiba said as a team, the Mountaineers need to focus on getting the easy outs defensively.

"If somebody lays down a sacrifice bunt, let's take advantage of it and take the out," Chiba said. "The coaches have really helped us work on our fielding and I can't wait to see the results as the season progresses."

Mohawk will look to pick up their first win of the season on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at their first home games of the season. They will play host to the Seneca Sting in a doubleheader, with games beginning at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.