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March 6, 2007 > Ohlone women hang on in rematch

Ohlone women hang on in rematch

By Biff Jones

To open the 2007 Coast Conference North Division season, the Ohlone Renegades women's softball team traveled to Cupertino on February 6 to take on the De Anza Dons. The Renegades jumped out to a 3-0 lead and took the score into the bottom of the sixth. In their half of the sixth, the Dons erupted for five runs on hits, walks and Ohlone miscues. The five run sixth proved to be enough as De Anza handed the Renegades its first loss of the season, 5-3.

In the rematch at Ohlone last Thursday, March 1, the second of three scheduled meetings between the league rivals, the two sides were tied 1-1 early in the game before the Renegades went ahead and gradually built the lead to 5-1 going into the top of the seventh.

Once again the Dons started a late comeback by loading the bases and cutting the lead to 5-2 before Ohlone was able to record an out. This is when Renegades Head Coach, Donna Runyon, reached into her bag of tricks to stem the tide.

Ohlone catcher, Meredith Ang, attempted a pick-off at third. Third baseman, Raquel Torres, just back from injury, dove across the bag and foul line to try and knock down the apparent errant throw. Backing-up on the play was shortstop Jessica Soderholm who also dove across the foul line to try and stop the ball. Finally, left fielder Danielle Cameron, the last line of defense, made her "swan dive" into foul territory in an attempt to knock the ball down before it could go all the way to the left field fence.

Meanwhile, the Dons base runners had no idea the whereabouts of the ball and took off for the next base. As the runner on third approached home, catcher Ang, suddenly revealed she still had the ball and tagged out the would-be third run for De Anza. Ang then fired the ball to second base for what would be a game-ending double play, but the runner was able to beat the tag of second baseman Kassandra Winger to keep the inning alive.

The trick play turned out to be crucial for Ohlone as the Dons plated two more runs before center fielder Valerie Briones put the squeeze on a shallow fly ball to end the game and give the Renegades a 5-4 victory in a tremendously exciting finish. With the win, Ohlone's record improved to 11-3 overall and 4-1 in league play.

Next up for Ohlone is a home game, March 6, against league rival Mission of Santa Clara followed by a game on Thursday, March 8, at arch rival Chabot on the Hayward campus. Both games are scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

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