David Pastor, Sports Reporter
Humber softball coach Duaine Bowles was impressed when Meagan Muir stepped into the pitcher’s circle last season and faced adversity without flinching.
She pitched her way out a jam during a playoff game, impressing the former Humber Hawks baseball player turned coach.
“Kid’s tough, she’s extremely tough and that’s one thing we noticed last year,” Bowles said. “She’s a bulldog, she goes out there and she battles every single time.”
So much so that Muir captured the attention of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) by being named as one of its star athletes for the second week of the fall semester.
Muir went undefeated with a record of 3-0, beating Fanshawe, Conestoga and the 2018 champions Durham.
Striking out 15 batters along the way, Muir allowed only two runs over 21 innings of work and posted an outstanding 1.00 ERA (Earned Run Average).
“She threw a couple complete game shutouts and one of them being against the former champs in Durham, that’s what stood out to us,” said Josh Bell-Webster, the Marketing and Communications coordinator for the OCAA.
When asked how it felt to be recognized as one of OCAA’s athletes of the week she said,
“It feels good, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself, I just do what I do and I like to keep it that way.”
She couldn’t pinpoint exactly what she did to get to this point in her softball career but she does have a few ideas.
“I think just practicing…just not getting into my head too much,” Muir said.
She said she did a lot of pitching and worked on her landing spots as well as her velocity during the off-season, which she believes has made the biggest difference for her this season compared to last.
She currently leads the OCAA with five wins over a span of six appearances and has struck out nearly a quarter of the batters she has faced through 38.1 innings pitched. At the moment she also has a career low ERA of 1.64.
Muir helped Humber’s softball team so far this year improve to a 12-2 record, winning all four games against the Mohawk Mountaineers.
Humber won both games in the double-header Sept. 24 defeating Mohawk 5-2 and 10-0 at Connorvale Park in south Etobicoke. Muir pitched five shutout innings to pick up the win in the 10-0 victory, giving up one hit and striking out four along the way.
Muir also had a great day at the plate going 1-2 with a walk and scored two runs.
“Every time I throw her in the circle, I know we have a really good chance to win,” Bowles said.
Over her two-year career pitching for Humber’s softball team, she has shut her opponents down, posting an ERA of 2.26 while striking out 33 batters over 49.1 innings pitched.
This star doesn’t just shine, she dominates.