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April 1, 2009 > Junior college baseball recap

Junior college baseball recap

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

Ohlone baseball continues to state its case as the best team in all the Northwest (among junior colleges), while Chabot remains inconsistent.

Each team took to the field three times last week: Ohlone took on Gavilan at home on Tuesday, March 24; traveled to Skyline on Thursday, March 26; and hosted Ca–ada on Saturday, March 28. Chabot, meanwhile, was on the road Tuesday, March 24, against Monterey Peninsula; returned home on Thursday, March 26, against Mission College; and finished its week of play at San Jose City on Saturday, March 28.

Chabot, who dropped from 15 to 18 in the Northern California junior college rankings, took on Monterey Peninsula to start its week. While holding the game close throughout, they were unable to get the timely hits needed to win a road game against a .500 team. MPC squeaked out a 8-7 victory over the Gladiators.

In their second game of the week, the Gladiators returned home to face a weak Mission College team, who has struggled to find an identity this season. Chabot jumped all over the vulnerable Mission squad, and ran away with the victory, 16-2.

To end the week, Chabot took on NorCal #7 (Pacific Northwest #20) San Jose City in San Jose. Gladiators' pitcher, Tyler Rogers, pitched nine innings of two-hit ball, while striking out 10, leading Chabot to the 3-0 victory.

Chabot, with the 2-1 week, brought its record to 16-13 on the season,7-7 in the Coast Conference Golden Gate Division. This week, the Gladiators go to De Anza on Thursday, April 2, at 2 p.m.; host San Mateo on Saturday, April 4, at noon; and travel to American River College on Tuesday, April 7, at 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, Ohlone, who maintained its number-one ranking in Northern California, as well as their number-two rank in the Pacific Northwest, showed exactly why they are one of the elite teams in this area.

To begin the week, Ohlone hosted Gavilan. This game was never in doubt after the Renegades raced out to a 6-0 first-inning lead. David Luna pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, while allowing two earned runs and striking out six.

Ryan Harmon (2-4, 3 RBIs) and Zack Johnson (4-4, 5 RBIs) led the way for the Renegades on offense. Luna improved to 5-1 with the win, as Ohlone trounced Gavilan, 11-3.

On Thursday, March 26, the Renegades took to the road to take on the fourth-place team in the Coast Conference Pacific Division, Skyline.

Skyline jumped out to an early lead, scoring three first-inning runs off Ohlone's Sean Martin. Ohlone followed up Skyline's three-run first with three runs in the top of the second, tying the game at three.

Martin would settle down on the mound. After allowing three run in the first, he pitched seven innings of scoreless ball, going eight in total, allowing on the three runs, while giving up seven hits and one walk, and striking out eight.

Ohlone plated one run in the six and then erupted for six in the eighth to break the game wide open. Ryan Kanzaki led the Renegades, going 2-4 with two home runs and six RBIs. Ryan Walterhouse and Johnson each knocked in two for Ohlone to round out their scoring. Martin improved to 6-0 with Ohlone's 10-3 win.

Second place in the Pacific Division, Ca–ada College, traveled to Ohlone on Saturday, March 28, looking to gain some ground on the first-place team. Freshman Roberto Padilla improved to 3-3 on the season while leading Ohlone to the blowout victory of Ca–ada, 15-2.

With the win, Ohlone jumped to three games ahead of Ca–ada in the Pacific Division.

Ohlone looks to keep rolling with games this week against San Jose City in San Jose on Thursday, April 2, at 2 p.m., followed by a home game against Cabrillo on Saturday, April 4, at noon. The Renegades will host a tournament at Ohlone on Monday, April 6, through Wednesday, April 8.

Both Chabot (vs. Gavilan) and Ohlone (vs. De Anza) had a game on Tuesday, March 31. Results for those games were not available at press. To find out how both fared, log onto www.tricityvoice.com/sports.

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