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April 8, 2009 > Junior college baseball recap

Junior college baseball recap

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

Both Ohlone and Chabot baseball had a trio of games last week, with both teams looking to improve their standing in their respective division of the Coast Conference.

Ohlone began its week with a home game against De Anza on Tuesday, March 31. Still ranked number one in the Northern California rankings and number two for the Pacific Northwest of junior colleges, the Renegades went out to prove they belong.

Up 4-1 going into the bottom half of the third, Ohlone scored 11 runs - six in the third; five in the fourth - in the next two innings to blow the game wide open, 15-1.

Ohlone tacked on three more runs in the fifth and sixth innings, going up 18-1, and coasted to the finish. De Anza put together a mini rally in the top half of the ninth, but their four runs still didn't make it respectable.

Ohlone, behind David Luna's (5 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 6 K) sixth win of the year, won, 18-6. Jeff Johnson hit his home run numbers 12 and 13, tallying five RBIs; and Cody Foster went 4-4 with four RBIs in the rout.

Meanwhile, Chabot, looking to climb out of the logjam in the middle of the Golden Gate Division of the Coast Conference, hosted Gavilan on Tuesday afternoon, March 31.

It was a back and forth showdown with offenses thriving and pitching struggling. In the end, Chabot's home-field advantage, and bats, was too much for Gavilan. The Gladiators went on to win by a six-run margin, 15-9.

Chabot continued its high-scoring attack on De Anza Thursday, April 2. Playing on the road, at De Anza College, the Gladiators knocked around the opposition's pitching staff for 22 hits and 16 runs, in a blowout, 16-2.

David Singleton pitched eight innings for the Gladiators for the win. Mike Costello hit a home run and three RBIs in the winning effort.

Meanwhile, Ohlone traveled to San Jose to take on San Jose City College. Prior to taking the field, the Renegades of Ohlone were informed they have retained their #1-ranking in the Northern California poll; #2-ranking in the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) poll, covering the Pacific Northwest; and the #6-ranking in the nation in the Perfect Game Baseball's Top 50 Junior Colleges poll.

They didn't disappoint. Sean Martin improved to 7-0 as Ohlone won, 6-1. Martin pitched eight innings, scattering five hits, while allowing one unearned run. He walked four and struck out four.

Ohlone, improving to 27-5, 14-2 in the Coast Conference's Pacific Division, was led by Zack Johnson, who went 4-4 with an RBI.

And on Saturday, April 4, both Ohlone and Chabot took to the diamond vying for an unbeaten week: Ohlone at home against Cabrillo; Chabot at home versus San Mateo.

Ohlone continued its winning ways with a five-run victory over Cabrillo, 7-2. With the win, Ohlone improved to 28-5 on the year, 15-2 in conference.

Ian Hoff pitched a complete game, allowing two runs (one earned), seven hits and one walk, while striking out nine. Hoff upped his record to 6-1 on the season. Offensively, the Renegades were led by designated hitter Jeff Johnson. Johnson hit his state-leading 14th homer, going 2-3 on the day with two runs and three RBIs.

Chabot, meanwhile, went 3-0 for the week with an impressive 17-11 win over San Mateo.

Tyler Rogers pitched seven and a third innings, allowing one run on three hits, while fanning six. Costello and Kyle Cerrudo led the Gladiators' offensive surge with five and four hits, respectively. Cerrudo also had four RBIs.

Chabot was up comfortably, thanks to a 12-run third, but had to sweat it out after the bullpen allowed 10 runs in the seventh. They prevailed in the end, by six.

This week, Chabot travels to Modesto on Thursday, April 9, at 2 p.m. The Gladiators traveled to American River on Tuesday, April 7; Ohlone hosted a tournament from April 6-8 this week. Results were not available for press. Log onto www.tricityvoice.com/sports to see how each team fared, and if they maintained their winning ways.

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