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March 22, 2011 > Ohlone gunning for title, Chabot back on track

Ohlone gunning for title, Chabot back on track

By Biff Jones

Ohlone College Renegades softball team is shooting for their ninth straight Coast Conference North softball title, trailing the College of San Mateo by one game. Meanwhile, Chabot College Gladiators team is trying to right the ship.

Last Tuesday, March 5, Chabot traveled to Saratoga to take on Coast Conference South foe West Valley College. First couple of innings the Gladiators hit the ball well but they were either right at someone or only fell for a couple of singles. They then reverted to the funk they have been in and hit easy pop ups or ground ball outs.

Chabot starter, sophomore southpaw Cheyanne Bennett, was up to the task holding the hosts to just three singles and no runs over the first five innings. Then in the sixth, Bennett gave up a lead off walk (her only free pass of the day). She then induced two outs to seemingly get out of the inning, but it was not to be. West Valley then hit back-to-back doubles which plated two runs and had Chabot trailing 2-0 going into the last inning. Shortstop Stephanie Vandenbusch led off the seventh with a single, her second of the day, but the next three batters flew out harmlessly to give the Gladiators their fourth straight shut out loss, 2-0.

Thursday, March 17, saw Chabot hit the road again to another CCS opponent, Monterey Peninsula College and had Bennett again toeing the rubber for the Gladiators. MPC got on the board first with a run in the first inning. Chabot answered with a run of their own in the top of the second to finally break their four-game scoring drought. Gladiators then added two more runs in the third only to see Monterey tie it, 3-3 with two runs in their half of the inning.

Next six innings the pitchers took over as neither team could break the tie. Finally in the top of the tenth, Chabot pushed across a run and Bennett held WV in the bottom half to see the Gladiators break their four game skid with a 4-3, 10-inning victory. Vandenbusch was a one women wrecking crew for Chabot, going 3-5 only lacking a double for the cycle and added two RBIs, two runs and two swiped bags.

Chabot is now 9-13 overall and 4-4 in CCN. Next up are home games on Tuesday, March 22, CCS Hartnell College of Salinas; Thursday, March 24, CCS Gavilan College of Gilroy; Saturday, March 26, Taft College; and March 29, CCS San Jose City College. All games are 3 p.m. except Taft, which has a noon first pitch.

Renegades only had one game last week, CCS Cabrillo College of Aptos on St. Patrick's Day (Ohlone was also to take part in the Napa Tournament, but it was washed away due to rain). Both teams would go scoreless over the first three innings as Ohlone had its sophomore ace Jessica Varady in the circle. In the top of the fourth, the Renegades exploded for five runs as sophomore third baseman Stefanie Hatley smacked an RBI triple and later scored. Then in the same inning, freshman catcher Shelby Fowler belted a three-run home run. Varady pitched six and a third innings and improved her record to 14-3.

Ohlone is now 17-5-1 overall and 5-1 in CCN with CSM at 6-0. Renegades have only league games (12) Ohlone's next three games are at home: Tuesday, March 24, vs. West Valley; Thursday, March 26, against MPC; and Tuesday, March 29, vs. Hartnell. All games start at 3 p.m.

Women's Track & Field
Chabot College hosted its own track meet on Friday, March 18. Joining Chabot on the women's side were Academy of Art, Cal St. Stanislaus University, Diablo Valley College, Laney College, U.C. Santa Cruz and Urban Knight Track Club.

Following are results of Chabot's participants: 100m Dash, 4. Lorraine McMillian, 5. Jasmine Flannigan; 200m Dash, 2. Kiyoko Orange, 4. Monet Verrett, 5. McMillian; 800m, 3. Martina Villasenor; 1500m, 4. Villasenor; 100m hurdles, 2.Trey Mullany-Banks; shot put, 2. Christine Hadfield, 3. Miya Cato, 4. Tatjiana Pitts, 5. Katie Anderson; discus, 2. Pitts, 3. Anderson, 5. Hadfield; 8. Cato; hammer throw, 2. Cato, 4. Francesca Soares.

Chabot next hosts its relays event, Friday, March 25, at noon, and Saturday, March 26, at 10 a.m.

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