BY JORDAN JOHNSTONE
The Condors’ women’s softball team devastated Mohawk College twice in a doubleheader on Sept. 27 at Peter Hallman Ballpark in Kitchener, en route to their fourth straight victory.
“No contest” would describe the Condors games against Mohawk. Stellar pitching was a key component for the team in their victories, with pitchers Jessica Turnbull and Lauren Ruf not allowing a run in either game.
Mohawk also did not stand a chance against the offensive might of the Condors and the shut down defensive play. Neither game went the full seven innings, as the mercy rule came into effect after the Condors jumped out to 15-0 and 16-0 leads.
“We are still making mental errors that the team has to work on,” said head coach Ron Taylor. “We will work on those things that will hurt you against a stronger team.”
Turnbull took to the mound earlier in the week on Sept. 25, when the Condors hosted Seneca in a more contested duel. Turnbull was lights-out on the mound, pitching the full seven innings with seven strikeouts and allowing only one run. Cassidy Wettlaufer drove in a run and hit the only home run of the game, her second of the season. The Condors would not be outmatched, giving up only one run in the seventh inning, finishing off the conquest 5-1.
“We are a strong team,” Brittany Bell said, who leads the Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA) with three home runs this season for the Condors.
The team is now in sole possession of second place in the OCAA, posting a 10-3 record with 20 points. They are only two points behind their rival St. Clair, who have played two more games than the Condors (11-4 with 22 points).
The Condors have a couple of key games coming up with hopes of securing at least second place in the standings before playoffs. Coach Taylor plans to rely on his almost flawless pitchers and explosive offence going forward.
“(We’re) trying to gear up (for playoffs),” he said. “Both are very strong pitchers … our pitching is not a problem.”
The Condors last home game of the season before the playoffs is on Oct. 8 against Durham at the Peter Hallman Ballpark in Kitchener.