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April 27, 2010 > Chabot and Ohlone baseball continue to win

Chabot and Ohlone baseball continue to win

By Gary van den Heuvel

After winning two of three games last week, the Chabot College baseball team found themselves tied with San Mateo College at the top of the Coast Conference Gold, both teams sporting 18-4 records.

Chabot began the week with a 6-5 win in 10 innings over Mission College. Chipper Lemmo, who hit an eighth-inning solo homerun among his three hits and two RBIs, and Drew Helenihi (2-5, 2 RBIs, 2 R) starred for the Gladiators in the victory.

Chabot ran into a buzz-saw when they tangled with No. 1-ranked (in the state) Canada College, who overcame Chabot's early 4-0 lead with a five-run fifth en route to a 12-9 slugfest win. The Gladiators as usual had no problems with their bats; unfortunately, Chabot's big hits kept coming when the bases were empty. Helenihi, Lemmo and Miguel Flores each hit solo homers. Kyle Gallegos's first-inning homerun came with one base runner on.

The Gladiators bounced back from the loss to Canada with a 10-5 win over San Jose City College. Nick Bartolone was 2-3 with a third-inning homerun (a three-run shot), four RBIs and three runs scored. Gallegos (2-5, 3 RBIs, R) also hit a three-run dinger, his in the fifth.

Three games remain on Chabot's schedule - two roadies against De Anza and West Valley (the final game of the season, on Saturday, May 1), and a Thursday, April 29, afternoon home game against San Mateo, which could decide the conference championship.

Sitting in second place in the Coast Conference Pacific, Ohlone College had a perfect week, going 3-0 and upsetting the conference-leading Canada College on Saturday, April 24, to pull within three games of Canada with three games left on the schedule. At week's end, the Renegades had won six straight games to improve to 17-5 in the conference, 25-8 overall.

Ohlone blasted Skyline, 12-6, ending any suspense early by putting up five runs in the first inning. Zach Johnson hit a three-run homer in the inning, and was followed shortly afterward by solo blasts from Tanner Laran and Kyle Holmstrom. Laran hit another dinger, a three-run shot, in the fourth. Right-handed pitcher Matt Fontaine pitched a solid six innings, giving up two runs and picking up the win.

The Renegades put up another 12-spot in their next game against Cabrillo, winning 12-3. Johnson had two homeruns, both two-run blasts in the third and fifth innings. Ryan Walterhouse homered in the seventh with a man on base.

Ohlone, ranked No. 7 in the state, picked up a game on top-ranked Canada College with a wild 17-10 road win in Redwood City on Saturday, April 24. Johnson and Cody Foster each homered for Ohlone, and staff ace Roberto Padilla won his 11th game, pitching into the eighth. Canada's six-run rally in the ninth made the score nearly respectable, if not close.

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