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February 20, 2007 > Ohlone women's softball back on track; Chabot ladies struggle

Ohlone women's softball back on track; Chabot ladies struggle

By Biff Jones

After an ugly 5-3 road loss to De Anza, February 6, followed by three losses to the weatherman (softball and rain do not mix) on the 8th and 10th, the Ohlone Renegades women's softball team had a Coast Conference North road win against Mission College of Santa Clara 11-0 last Tuesday, February 13th. This was followed by a home conference win over arch rival Chabot College of Hayward 9-0 two days later. Both of those games were called after five innings because of the mercy rule (if the losing team trails by eight runs or more after they have batted in their half of the fifth or sixth innings, the game is over).

Against Mission, Ohlone backed the pitching of freshman Danielle Yee with a ten hit attack. For Milpitas High grad Yee, it was her first time on the mound at the college level and she made it an impressive one by giving up only two hits and striking out 11 of the 15 outs recorded by Mission. Hitting heroes for the Renegades were catcher Meredith Ang, a double and two walks; shortstop Jessica Soderholm; right-fielder Tiffany Chan; and left-fielder Danielle Cameron; all with two singles. Third baseman Katrina Roman contributed a double to the effort.

In the greater Tri-City area game between Ohlone and Chabot, the Renegades dominated from the onset, scoring a run in the first and then putting up four spots in the second and fourth innings. Meanwhile Ohlone's veteran pitcher, Isabel Ramos, was mowing down the Gladiator hitters as she struck out 9 of the first 11 batters she faced. She would finish with the nine strike outs while giving up just one hit, two walks and one hit batsman.

For Ohlone, singles were recorded by third baseman Kassandra Winger, first baseman Danielle Sommer, second baseman Chan and right fielder Yee. In the four-run fourth, center fielder, Valerie Briones, delivered a two-run triple then scored on a throwing error by Chabot.

For the Gladiators, it was a matter of their pitchers inability to find the strike zone. In going only one-plus innings, starting pitcher Amber Merrigan gave up a walk, a hit batsman and a single in the top half of the second before being relieved by Rayelyn Sagun with nobody out. Sagun then proceeded to walk two more Ohlone batters before finally recording an out.

The only hit for the Gladiators was a fourth inning double by first baseman Sam Sirco. In the top of the fifth Chabot threatened as leadoff hitter Leah Rhodes was hit by the pitch, followed by number two hitter, Regina Martinez, reaching first on an Ohlone error. After an out, pinch hitter Frances Gasmena drew a walk to load the bases. That is where the threat and game would end as Ramos would induce lead off hitter Stephane Neal to ground into a game-ending double play. For Ohlone, their record would improve to 5-1 (2-1 in league play) while Chabot remained winless at 0-3 overall and also in league play.

After a road tournament last weekend against Merced and Visalia Colleges (results unavailable at press time), next up for the Renegades is a conference home game Tuesday, February 20 at 3 p.m. against College of San Mateo followed by home double headers this Saturday, February 24 against Solano College and College of the Siskiyou. Sunday they'll face College of the Redwoods and Modesto Jr. College. Ohlone will play at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days with the afternoon game start time depending on the length of the earlier games.

After a weekend double-header against Delta (results also unknown at press time), the Gladiators will return home Thursday, February 22 with a conference game against Foothill College of Los Altos Hills at 3 p.m. Good luck to both teams the rest of the season.

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