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May 20, 2009 > #1 is done: Ohlone eliminated from playoffs

#1 is done: Ohlone eliminated from playoffs

By Jeff Weisinger

Ranked third in the nation, first in California, and winning 35 games in the regular season will have to be enough for the 2009 Ohlone baseball team since there will be no trip to the State Tournament, May 23-25 in Fresno, for the Renegades.

After sweeping the best-of-three series against rival Chabot College in the regional playoffs two weeks ago, the Ohlone College baseball team seemed well on their way towards the State Tournament.

As the Renegades looked towards what seemed to be their destiny, other teams had the idea of an upset on their mind in last weekend's Super Regional playoffs.

In the Super Regional opener, the top-seed Renegades lost 5-4 in 10 innings to the 15-seeded San Jose City Jaguars.

Despite an early homerun by Ohlone's Zack Johnson in the first inning, it was San Jose City's Josiah Rodriguez's solo home-run off Ohlone relief pitcher Ian Hoff in the 10th inning that put the Renegades on the brink of elimination on Friday afternoon.

Roberto Padilla pitched a strong seven innings for the Renegades allowing four runs, three earned, with two strikeouts in the no-decision.

In Saturday's game, Ohlone took on Cosumnes River College for a chance to keep fighting for a trip to State. Cosumnes River lost 3-0 to Diablo Valley College on Friday, May 14, which led to a matchup of Friday's losers at Canada College.

Despite a strong lineup and solid pitching, the Renegades could not pull past Consumnes, losing 7-5 to the Hawks.

"You can't fault the kids for competing," said Ohlone Head Coach Jordon Twohig. "The kids battled their butts off today."

The Hawks took the early 2-0 lead in the third inning off a two-run double by Brock Neil. Neil went 2-4 on the day with 3 RBIs and a key homerun in the fifth inning to make the score 5-0 after the fifth, knocking out Ohlone starter David Luna.

The Renegades were shutout by Hawks starter Patrick O'Rourke until the sixth as Ohlone scored their first two runs of the game on back-to-back RBI singles, and came within a run in the seventh after Tanner Laran ripped an RBI triple, scoring catcher Braxton Miller from first.

However the Hawks put the game away in the bottom of the seventh off Matt Gualco's two-out, two-run double off Renegades reliever Kevin Radach, essentially ending the Renegades season in the process.

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