Article, 2007 Season - Ohlone College Renegades Men's Baseball

Langseth gets the last laugh

His ninth-inning, three-run homer sends Ohlone over Butte

From Kyle Bonagura, Staff writer.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

Fremont—When second baseman Matt Langseth came up to bat with one out and two runners on in the bottom of the ninth inning and Ohlone College trailing 7-5 against Butte College, all he wanted to do was keep the inning going.

Instead, he ended the game with a towering home run to right-center field to send Ohlone into the first round of the California Community College state playoffs with an 8-7 win in the play-in game.

"Honestly, I was just trying to get the next guy up," Langseth said.

The blast came from one of the most unlikely hitters in the Ohlone lineup. Langseth, who had a banner year hitting .364 as Ohlone's leadoff hitter, hit just two home runs during the regular season.

"I am definitely not a power hitter," he said. "I didn't hit a home run in high school. I don't even think I hit a home run in batting practice in high school."

On Tuesday, he went 4-for-5 to increase his average to above .380 and drove in five runs.

He singled in the sixth inning to drive in a run, then capped off Ohlone's first three-run inning with an RBI single in the seventh, which gave Ohlone a 5-4 lead.

"Matt is a great leadoff hitter," Ohlone coach Eric Kahoalii said. "He has been (coming up big) all year."

After Ohlone took the lead in the seventh, Butte answered with three runs in the eighth.

But for Langseth and the Renegades weren't worried.

"I was saying in the dugout, 'This is fine, we've done this before,'" he said. "We seem to come alive late in games."

Kahoalii agreed.

"We have come back to win three of four games in the ninth this year," he said.

The win earned No.16 Ohlone a best-of-3 series with No.2 Fresno City College, starting with a game on Friday and the possibility of two on Saturday.

"Fresno is a great team; you don't get the No.2 seed for no reason," Kahoalii said. "I think as long as we play solid defense we'll be fine."

Ohlone lost to Fresno 4-0 on Feb.3.

The Renegades have a history of making some noise in the postseason when having a low seed. In 2003, the team entered the playoffs as the No.14 team in Northern California, only to advance to the Final Four. Kahoalii, who was an assistant coach on that squad, feels there are a lot of similarities between this year's team and the'03 one.

"Both teams battle all the way," he said. "Both teams are always putting pressure on the other teams."

Wayman Gooch started on the mound for Ohlone and went 7-plus innings, giving up 14 hits and six runs. Joe Gardner came in to relieve in the eighth and allowed two hits and a run before giving way to Kevin Ricketts with one out in the ninth. Ricketts picked up the win after recording the final two outs.

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