February 13, 2007 > Almost a full season in less than a week
Almost a full season in less than a week
By Biff Jones
The Ohlone Renegades softball team found out quickly that you should not get too high after wins or too low after losses. The Renegades started the 2007 campaign by going 3-0 over the first week of the season. This included a dramatic week ending, come from behind, 9-8 victory over Fresno City College as Ohlone scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh without making an out. The game first saw the Renegades come from behind to tie the score in the bottom of the sixth only to have Fresno answer with a four run top of the seventh.
As the team entered its second week of the season, they traveled to De Anza College Dons of Cupertino for their first road and conference (Coast Conference North) game of the year. The Lady Renegades started out like they were going to remain undefeated by scoring single runs in the first, second and third innings while holding the Dons scoreless. As Ohlone pitcher Isabel Ramos continued to keep the De Anza hitters at bay, the Renegades offense was led by second baseman Kassandra Winger's two hits including a triple, third baseman Meredith Ang's two walks and outfielder Danielle Yee's walk and sacrifice bunt which turned into a hit. After Ohlone batted in the top of the third, the De Anza pitcher settled down and gave up no hits the rest of the way. Although the Renegades worked three walks over the last four innings, including two in the fourth, the Dons defense left them stranded, as they were aided by a line drive double play in the fourth. With Ohlone allowing De Anza to hang around, the flood gates opened up in the bottom of the sixth when the Dons strung together several hits, including the extra base variety, walks, and Ohlone misplays in the field, to put a five spot up in their half of the sixth. With the Renegades going three and out in the top of the seventh, De Anza handed Ohlone its first loss and league defeat of the season, 5-3.
Now the Lady Renegades know the heartbreak of a bad loss, if there is such a thing as good one, and must wait for a break in the winter rains to try and get back into the victory column.