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April 29, 2009 > Renegades make playoffs; Gladiators don't

Renegades make playoffs; Gladiators don't

By Biff Jones

Last week, Chabot College Gladiators had to win their last two games of the season to qualify for post season play. A second place finish in Coast Conference North (CCN) Division would give them an automatic bid to the NorCal Regional playoffs. On Monday, April 20, they defeated CCN last place City College of San Francisco, 8-2, then on Tuesday, the Gladiators hosted College of San Mateo, the team in which they were tied for CCN second place.

San Mateo got on the board first with two runs in top of the first while Chabot answered with one of their own in the bottom half. SM then scored three in the top of the third and Chabot tied it, 5-5, with four in the bottom of the third. Gladiators took the lead with one run in the fourth inning before SM recaptured the lead when they tallied two in the fifth. SM added two insurance runs in the seventh to send Chabot packing for the 2009 season with a 9-6 victory, and a second-place finish in CCN. Chabot finished in third place in CCN play with an 11-6 conference record, 18-25 overall, missing the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

For the Ohlone Renegades, it is now on to the regional playoffs which begin this Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3 in a best two-out-of-three format. Ohlone received the sixth seed out of 16 teams in NorCal and will host number-11 seed, Merced College.

Other teams meeting in NorCal this coming weekend are: Siskiyous of Weed (1)-Yuba of Marysville (16); Sacramento City (2)-Gavilan of Gilroy (15); Cosumnes River of Sacramento (3)-College of San Mateo (14); Fresno City (4)-Feather River of Quincy (13); Sierra of Rocklin (5)-Solano of Fairfield (12); San Jose City (7)-College of the Sequoias of Visalia (10); and Shasta of Redding (8)-San Joaquin Delta of Stockton (9).

Ohlone's games will be played on the Ohlone Campus. Game times are Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m.; Sunday, May 3, at noon; and Game 3, if necessary, will follow Game 2. Daily admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and seniors, 60 and over. There is a $2 parking charge on Saturday (have two $1 bills handy for the machine) and free parking on Sunday.

The eight regional winners advance to the second round of regionals over Mother's Day weekend, May 9-10. The four highest remaining seeds will host second round games for the right to go to the state tournament, May 15-18, in Salinas. If home teams win out in round one, including Ohlone, the Renegades will travel to Cosumnes River for the second-round games. For Ohlone to host a second-round games, two of the top five seeds have to be upset.

Local players receiving all CCN first team honors are from Ohlone, sophomores Kim Cawley (Milpitas), Jamie Miller, and Kathryn Sumner (Washington) and freshman Ashley Nahale (Kennedy) and from Chabot, sophomores Nikki Frieburg and Deena Qualls (Logan). Second team honors went to Ohlone sophomore Audrea Lopez and freshmen Paulina Gentry (Washington), Julyssa Perry (Logan) and Shelby Tomasello. Chabot second teamers are sophomores Emily Cipolla and Cristina Panuco (Logan) and freshman Brittany Wright.

In addition, Colker of Ohlone and Kroneder of Chabot were named all-state for 2009 California Community College softball, while Miller and Nahale of Ohlone were all-NorCal.

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