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March 8, 2011 > Chabot softball edges Ohlone

Chabot softball edges Ohlone

By Biff Jones

On Thursday, March 3, Chabot College Gladiators traveled to their East Bay rival Ohlone College Renegades for the first of two Coast Conference North encounters this year.

First five innings of the game was a pitching duel between Chabot freshman Rachel Martinez and Ohlone sophomore ace Jessica Varady. Gladiators could only manage three singles and a walk off Varady over the initial five innings while the Renegades only put two runners on base (single and a two-base throwing error). Every other Ohlone hitter either struke out or grounded out.

Finally in the sixth Chabot strung together an Ohlone error, a triple by shortstop Stephanie Vandenbusch, a double from third baseman Amanda O'Conner and single by center fielder Desiree Ramos for a 2-0 lead. In the seventh the Gladiators added a much-needed insurance run on right fielder Mychal Anders' bunt single and subsequent stolen base. She scored on another Ohlone error.

Ohlone finally got on the board in the bottom of the seventh when shortstop Kaley Marden led off with a double, scored on first baseman Lauren Ermitano's double who was knocked home by catcher Shelby Fowler's triple. Fowler was left stranded and Chabot came away with a 3-2 victory. Martinez struck out nine, Varady fanned six.

Two days earlier, both teams managed to win one-run games. Gladiators hosted a make up game vs. American River College of Sacramento and won 2-1 behind the five-hit pitching of sophomore Cheyanne Bennett. Vandenbusch belted a solo homer while Bennett drove in pinch runner Alani Ferrer.

Meanwhile, the Renegades traveled to Mission College of Santa Clara for another CCN match-up. This game was a pitchers duel as the game went into extra innings tied 0-0. It took nine whole innings to determine a victor as half of the recorded 54 outs were by strike out -- Varady had 12 for Ohlone while Mission southpaw Cherlyn Trujillo had 15.

Only run of the game came in the top of the ninth when Renegade left fielder Ashley Vignola led off with a triple and scored when the throw to third went into the Mission dugout.

Last weekend saw Chabot traveled to Fresno City College for non conference games with Taft College of Bakersfield and West Hills College of Coalinga on Saturday and Sacramento City College and Victor Valley College of Victorville on Sunday. Saturday the Gladiators lost to Taft 5-4 then came back to defeat West Hills 3-2. Sunday's results not available at press time. Check website .

Ohlone traveled to Sacramento on Saturday and played a doubleheader against Cosumnes River College of Sacramento. In game one, Ohlone won 10-2 in a mercy-rule shortened game. In the nightcap the Renegades triumphed 8-0.

On Tuesday, March 1, the Chabot Gladiators traveled to Monterey Peninsula College and improved to 3-0 on the year with a 9-0 victory. Following were victors for Chabot head coach Rick Morris: Namrata Sher 6-1, 4-3 retired; Andrea Poljakovic 6-2, 6-0; Lauren Cane 6-2, 6-0; Michaela Holgate 6-2, 7-6; Monica Lomas 6-3, 6-3; Yuliya Schley 6-2-6-0; Sher/Poljakovic 7-6, 7-5; Kane/Holgate 6-2, 6-2; Melissa Mendoza/Morgan Davis default.

Track & Field
Chabot participated in the Kim Duyst Invitational at Cal State Stanislaus in Turlock on Friday, March 5. Following were the top finishers for head coach Ken Grace: 100 meter dash, 18th Kiyoko Orange 13.54 seconds, 23rd Linda Pullum 13.64; 200M, 30th Pullum 28.60; 40th Monet Verrett 29.98; shot put, 27th Katie Anderson 7.07 meters; discus, 18th Trey Mullany-Banks 32.16M, 22nd Anderson 28.26M.

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