The Mohawk women’s softball team has made steady improvement in recent years and hope to continue that trend in the 2018 season. The Mountaineers finished in fourth place the previous season, with a 10-14 record. However, they went on to capture the bronze medal at the OCAA Championship. It was their first medal since 2010, when they also finished third in the OCAA tournament.
Now the Mountaineers hope to continue their rise, as they meet the always difficult Humber Hawks Surday (Sep. 9) in the season opening double-header.
Mohawk has some key returnees, including 2017 OCAA Rookie-of-the-Year Shelby Hayward, as well as catcher Steph Godden, second sacker Emma Nordoff and Meagan Byers at first base.
Key newcomers include Brock University transfer Kelsey Hanly, a pitcher from Dunnville, who starts the season injured, rookie hurlers Brianne Forti (St. George – PDHS) and Alyssa Van der Werf (Oshawa – Maxwell Heights).
Other new faces include infielder Morgan Buckley (Guelph – John F. Ross) and first base/outfield player Kennedy Pierce (Brantford – BCI).
“We lost a few key veterans to graduation,” said Mountaineers’ head coach Todd Bannister. “We are looking to our returning players and rookies to fill the void. We have solid pitching depth, if Hanly is cleared to play. We will work hard to remain competitive in the strong OCAA league.”
Bannister’s coaches include Mike Smuk, Jason Searle and Katie Westoby.
The Mountaineers and Humber Hawks meet at Mohawk Sports Park Sunday (Sep. 9). Games are set for 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm.
Source: Al Craig