April 19, 2011 > Coach Runyon notches 800 career win
Coach Runyon notches 800 career win
By Biff Jones
Ohlone College Renegades softball head coach Donna Runyon won her 800th game as a Junior College softball coach last Thursday, April 14, when her club went on the road and defeated Coast Conference North rival Chabot College Gladiators, 9-1. After spending six years at Cypress College in Orange County she came north in 1988 and has been at Ohlone ever since.
Not only did the Renegades want win 800 for Runyon to come against their Alameda County rivals, but they also were looking for pay back to the 3-2 defeat Ohlone suffered at home against Chabot last month. Both teams started their ace pitchers, Jessica Varady for the Renegades and Cheyanne Bennett for the Gladiators.
Top of the first saw Ohlone third baseman and lead off hitter, Brittany Hillman draw a walk. She then stole second and came home on a two-out single by Stefanie Hatley. Chabot answered in the second on a leadoff single by third baseman Amanda O'Conner. She was sacrificed to second by Desiree Ramos, took third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch.
Hillman led off the third for the Renegades with a single and scored ahead of Varady's two-run blast. After an out, Hatley hit a homerun followed by another home run by Lauren Ermitano. However, Ermitano was not wearing the same jersey number that was turned into the umpires with the batting order prior to the start of the game, thus the dinger was negated.
Ohlone got another run in the fourth inning and put the game away with a four-run fifth. Kaley Marden and Hatley led off with singles. Following an out, the Renegades reeled off four straight hits including a double by Sara Ragusa. When Ragusa tried to score from second on a single, she was called out. However, the base umpire ruled she had been obstructed by the shortstop when going from second to third and she was ruled to be safe on the play at the plate to give Ohlone a 9-1 lead. Varady struck out eight in the five innings of work, giving up just two hits to improve to 21-5.
Earlier in the week, Chabot (14-15, 9-6 CCN) traveled to CCN foe Mission College of Santa Clara on Monday and won a pitchers duel, 3-0 in 10 innings. Bennett went the distance giving up two hits, striking out nine. All three runs in the tenth came on singles by Jennifer Ybara, Bennett, Stephanie Vandenbusch and a sacrifice bunt by Jessann Stymars.
Tuesday, Mission traveled to Ohlone in a rematch from earlier in the year in which the Renegades took nine innings to win 1-0. This time Ohlone banged out 11 hits for an 8-1 win. Varady again went the distance while giving up just one hit and striking out eight. Marden and Ashley Vignola went 2-3 with Marden getting three RBIs and Vignola a pair.
Last Saturday Ohlone hosted West Valley College and Mendocino College. Against West Valley, Varady improved to 23-5 as the Lady Renegades (27-7-1, 13-3 CCN) plated three runs in the final frame, surpassing their opponent with a 5-4 win. Ermitano started and got a 7-3 win against Mendocino to improve to 4-0.
Chabot hosted the Coast Conference women's singles and doubles tournament last Thursday through Saturday, April 14 to 16. In the singles final Namrata Sher of Chabot defeated Stephanie Quan of De Anza: 6-2, 6-1. In doubles it was Sher and Andrea Poljakovic over Quan and Brittany Hatzell: 6-2, 6-3.
Qualifying for Nor Cal in Fresno, May 5 to 7 from Chabot were Sher, Poljakovic and Lauren Kane in singles and Sher-Poljakovic, Kane-Michaela Holgate in doubles. Also, Nathan Schorken of Chabot qualified for Nor Cal men's singles in Fresno at the CC men's tournament held last week at Foothill.