April 12, 2011 > Renegades fight their way back on track
Renegades fight their way back on track
By Jeff Weisinger
As the weather finally found some sort of stability, the defending state champion Ohlone baseball team did the same. Despite the task not being that easy. A day after falling to Monterey Peninsula, the Renegades defeated De Anza 5-4 in a comeback thriller.
After Ohlone took the opening 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first off of a Mark Mercer RBI single, the Dons responded in the fourth inning as they rocked Ohlone starter Cody Honea for four runs to go up 4-1.
Ohlone would claw back to within two after Matt Chaidez tripled, scoring Brandon Jossey from third. The Renegades came back to tie the game in the fifth inning with a pair of runs scored off of a Rich Bermudez RBI single, scoring Ryan Tella who tripled to lead off the inning, and Jossey's sacrifice RBI with one out, bringing home Bermudez.
De Anza had a chance to take the lead back in the eighth inning as Ryan Devencenzi hit two consecutive batters after getting the first two outs as Kevin Roeder flew out to right field and Will Gibson grounded out to first. Despite having two runners on and the game tied, Devencenzi got Pedro Tostado to fly out to right field to end the inning and strand the runners.
Ohlone's bullpen saw a similar situation in the ninth inning as Brandon Arata, in to relieve Devencenzi, stranded a runner at second after allowing a leadoff single. In the bottom of the inning, the Renegades went to work , starting with Sean Yoshikawa reaching first with one out after being hit by a Henry Santoro pitch then reached third after an error by Santoro. Christian Richards pinch ran for Yoshikawa and scored the game-winning run on a sacrifice RBI by Tella with one out.
Chabot 17, Gavilan 6
Where the Renegades fought their way back, conference rival Chabot easily handled Gavilan 17-6 on Tuesday, April 5. Chabot pitcher Caleb Lusty received a 10-run fifth inning from the Gladiator lineup as he took the win. Lusty pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits with a pair of strikeouts, in relief. Both Randy Williams and Jack Veronin pitched a combined two-hit shutout in 3 2/3 innings work.
Sean Barrie and Scott Quinlan eached racked three RBIs and scored a pair of runs on their own as Barrie went 2-3 at the plate and Quinlan going 1-4. Gavilan's Julian Estrada took the loss for the Rams as he allowed five runs, four earned, in just three innings pitched, but it was reliever Devon Parrish who took the beating on the day as he allowed nine runs on just two hits and eight walks in just 1 1/3 innings of work.