The Fanshawe Falcons blasted the Mohawk Mountaineers 15-5 and 14-4 in OCAA Women's Softball at Mohawk Sports Park Wednesday (Sep. 19).
The Falcons scored five runs in the third inning and nine more in the fifth, en route to their opening game victory, which went five innings. Fanshawe outhit Mohawk 17-9.
Laura Chappel led the visitors with four RBI and a run scored. Jacey Lochert drove in a pair. Mackenzie Kelly was 3-for-3 with a walk and scored three times.
For Mohawk, Alyssa Ven der Werf, Brianne Forti, Shelby Hayward and Emma Nordoff had one RBI each.
Andrea Webster was the winning pitcher and Van der Werf lost.
In the nightcap, Fanshawe's Samantha Fuller led the Falcons going 5-for-5, driving in two runs and scoring three. Jacey Lochert had three RBI. The score was tied 4-4 through four innings, but The Falcons got in flight the rest of the way, scoring twice in each of the fifth and sixth innings then tacked on six more in the seventh to win going away.
Fanshawe out hit Mohawk 16-6.
Shelby Hayward had two hits for the Mountaineers and picked up an RBI. Stephanie Godden also drove in a run.
Ali Bergman went all the way for the win, and struck out six hitters. Brianne Forti was tegged with the defeat.
Mohawk head coach Todd Bannister agrees opponents have really hurt his club with big innings. "In the first game tonight, Fanshawe scored 14 of their 15 runs in two innings. The second game was close, but we kind of fell apart defensively and they scored a lot of runs on us."
While Fanshawe improved to 5-5, the Mountaineers fell to 3-7. But Bannister says there's still time for his club to get back into the race. "We're coming up to the midway mark of the season. Last year we were sitting in about the same spot and we turned it around and won the bronze medal at the OCAA Championship."