May 2, 2006 > The Ohlone Renegades
The Ohlone Renegades
The Ohlone Renegades Woman's softball team wrapped up its regular season last Tuesday, the 25th, with a hard fought 5-3 road victory over the College of San Mateo Bulldogs. This was the Renegades third victory in three tries over their league rival, and by far the toughest one. Ohlone started the scoring in the first inning with a lead off triple by right fielder Valerie Briones followed by shortstop and number two hitter Jessica Soderholm's RBI, ground out. The Bulldogs tied the score in the bottom of the third, but Ohlone responded with a two run fourth on consecutive singles by Soderholm and Melissa Cross, a triple off the bat of Kristina DaSilva and another single and fourth consecutive hit in the inning by Raquel Torres.
The Renegades added two more runs in the sixth as Soderholm led off with a walk. Then with two outs, Torres doubled and Angelina Franceschini singled to complete Ohlone's scoring. San Mateo made it close by scoring single runs in their half of the fifth and sixth before Ohlone pitcher Isabel Ramos got the final out of the game. The Renegades closed out the regular season with an overall record of 25-9-1 while going 18-2 in league play. San Mateo finished 18-16 and 13-7 in league.
Next up for the Lady Renegades is tournament play in one of the four NorCal Regionals next weekend, May 6-7. Ohlone will be playing at Sacramento City College, located at 3835 Freeport Blvd in Sacramento. Sac City can be reached by taking I-5 north to the Sutterville Rd exit, turn right on Sutterville Rd, travel about one mile, then turn left on Freeport Blvd (Cal-160).
Ohlone will be the tenth seed of the sixteen-team NorCal Regional. Joining them in the Sac City regional will be number two seed Sacramento City College, number seven seed Feather River College from Quincy, CA and the College of San Mateo, entering post season play ranked number fifteen. The hosts for the other three regionals are number one seed West Valley College of Saratoga, number three seed Merced College, and number four seed San Joaquin Delta College of Stockton. The tournament is double elimination with teams continuing play until they lose their second game.
Game 1 in Ohlone's regional will be played on Saturday at 12:00 noon between Sac City and San Mateo, followed by Ohlone and Feather River at 2:00 p.m. in Game 2. Then at 4:00 p.m. the winners of Game 1 and Game 2 square off in Game 3. Sunday's play opens at 10:00 a.m. with the losers of Games 1 and 2 facing each other in Game 4. The loser of Game 4 goes home and the winner advances to Game 5 against the loser of Game 3 at 12:00 noon. The loser of Game 5 then has their season come to an end while the winner of Game 5 plays the winner of Game 3 in Game 6 at 2:00 p.m. If the winner of Game 3 also wins Game 6, they are the regional winner and advance to the state tournament. However, if the winner of game 6 is also the winner of Game 5, then a Game 7 will be played between the same two teams with that winner advancing to state.
The Renegades will be looking for some revenge as they were defeated by Feather River earlier in the year in Ohlone's abbreviated version of March Madness, affected by March's wet weather. The score of that game was 3-0 as Ohlone bats were as cold as the weather was foul. On the other hand, I am sure San Mateo would love to have another crack at the Renegades.
Winners of the four NorCal regional tournaments along with the winners of the four SoCal regionals will then meet in a double elimination tournament in Redding to determine the 2006 California Junior College softball champion.