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March 6, 2012 > March Madness coming to Central Park

March Madness coming to Central Park

By Biff Jones
Photos By Don Jedlovec

March Madness in the form of women's fast pitch softball descends on Central Park in Fremont, Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11. The Ohlone College Renegades will host this 16-team tournament in the twentieth annual rendition of the March Madness tourney organized by Head Coach Donna Runyon in her 24th year with the Renegades.

JC or community college teams from northern and central California will play 24 games on fields 3, 4, 5, and 6 at Central Park on Saturday and another 14 games on Sunday. Saturday's games will be under pool play format with four teams playing in one of four pools (A, B, C, D) while Sunday will be single elimination play in two brackets, Gold (championship) and Silver (consolation).

Teams entered are:
Pool A: Cabrillo College, Aptos; Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill; Fresno City College; Solano College, Fairfield.

Pool B: Feather River College, Quincy; Gavilan College, Gilroy; Merced College; Ohlone College.

Pool C: De Anza College, Cupertino; Hartnell College, Salinas; College of the Redwoods, Eureka; San Jose City College.

Pool D: Cosumnes River College, Sacramento; Monterey Peninsula College; College of the Siskiyous, Weed; West Valley College, Saratoga.

Saturday's games start at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Ohlone plays Merced at 9 a.m., Feather River at 1 p.m. and Gavilan at 3 p.m. (all games on field 4).

Games are scheduled for seven innings with a 105 minute time limit on Saturday's games; no inning starts after 105 minutes of play. Games must go five innings with the losing team having at least five innings of batting. Games tied after the time limit or seven innings will use the international tie breaker in which each team starts a half inning with a runner on second base. Tie breakers, if needed for Sunday's pairings, will be fewest runs scored against followed by a coin flip. Eight run mercy rule will be used after five or six innings.

Sunday's games will have first place teams in each pool playing second place teams in the first round of the Gold bracket while third place teams will play fourth place teams in the first round of the Silver bracket. First round Silver bracket games start at 9 a.m. and first round Gold bracket at 11 a.m. Four semi-finals will be at 1 p.m. with the two finals at 3 p.m.

Admission is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors and young adults; and free for parking, children under 6, high school softball players with a player pass and young softball players in uniform. Concessions and rest rooms will be available.

Don't forget to reset your clocks Sunday morning, 2 a.m., or you'll be late for those games.

March Madness Softball Tournament
Saturday-Sunday, March 10-11
9 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Central Park
40000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont
(510) 659-6044

Ohlone Coast Conference (CC) league games are scheduled in the next couple of weeks on the Ohlone Campus: Thursday, March 8 vs. De Anza and Thursday, March 15 vs. Cabrillo - both games at 3 p.m. On Saturday, March 17, the Renegades play at 12noon vs. the College of San Mateo. This game could be for first place in the CC North Division.

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