Roelofsen has dominating season at Durham College

Alma native Samantha Roelofsen had a phenomenal season this year with the Durham College wo­men’s fastball team.

Roelofsen, who plays second base and some outfield,  won the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) triple crown, finishing first in every offensive category.

She won the league batting title averaging .594, the highest total of any OCAA player since 1998, and also led the league in hits (22), runs (19) and RBIs (15).

Roelofsen, in her second year in the law and security pro­gram at Durham, also earned national recognition earlier this month for her performance from Oct. 10 to 12 at the Canadian Intercollegiate Women’s fastpitch national championship in Kitchener.

She was named to the national championship all-star team as an outfielder.

“We are very proud of our team’s performance at Na­tionals,” said Durham College head coach Jim Nemish. “We did a great job representing the college and it shows with … Sam receiving all-star recognition.”

With two members on the all-star team, Durham tied for the most all-stars of any team, along with Western Ontario and McMaster. Roelofsen, along with teammate Erin Dewey, was one of only two college student-athletes to earn the all-star recognition – the rest were from universities.

The Durham Lords wo­men’s fastball team finished the 2009 season with a 19-5 record, including an 11-1 record within its own conference.

The two teams that defeated Durham at the national championship went on to finish one-two, with Laurier winning gold and Saskatchewan finishing with silver. Western rounded out the podium, winning the bronze medal.

On Oct. 16 and 17, Roel­ofsen and the Lords completed their season with OCAA provincial championship tournament at Mohawk College in Hamilton.

Despite entering the year-end tournament as the top seed, the Lords were defeated in the final by St. Clair College, and finished with the silver medal.