Article, 2009 Season - Ohlone College Renegades Men's Baseball
Ohlone Renegades baseball update
By Ohlone Renegades Head Coach Jordon Twohig.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice Sports.
Fremont, Calif. - The Renegades have been playing solid baseball and currently hold an overall record of 32-7 overall, 17-3 in the Coast Conference Pacific Division. Ohlone sits atop of the division by four games, with six left to play.
This past Saturday, April 18, Ohlone defeated the second place team in conference—Canada College—by the score of 7-1. Sophomore pitcher David Luna (7-1) threw a complete game for the Renegades to earn his seventh win of the year.
Ohlone baseball has just cracked the top five on the National level. The current Perfect Game Junior College Poll has the Ohlone Renegades ranked #4 in the country. This is the highest ranking Ohlone baseball has received since the program was formed in 1974. Ohlone is the top-ranked team in Northern California, and also holds the top RPI in Northern California according to the latest poll.
With six games left in the regular season, the Renegades look to clinch the Coast Conference Championship outright for the first time since 1991 (Ohlone was Co-Champions in 1997 and 2002 under legendary Ohlone Coach Paul Moore who is now the President of the California Coaches Association). The 2009 Renegades are also closing in on the all-time, single-season record for wins at 34.
Offensively, the team currently ranks number one in Northern California in homeruns, stolen bases and hits, and second in OBP, RBIs, runs and slugging percentage. As a team, Ohlone is batting .335, which ranks fourth in the state.
Defensively, the pitching staff ranks fourth with a team ERA of 3.34. The pitching staff has done a great job in the past few weeks. Freshman Sean Martin is a perfect 8-0 on the year; sophomores David Luna and Ian Hoff are both 7-1; and freshman Roberto Padilla will get the start tomorrow for the Renegades, going for his fourth win.
In addition to the on-field success, the team is also making an effort to donate back to the community as well. They have agreed to donate time over the next three weeks for local pre-school, kindergarten and middle school children in the hopes of helping some local youth that have come out to support them throughout the season.
The program continues to thrive in the classroom as many Renegades players are being recruited, not only for their baseball ability, but there academic achievements as well. I have spoken with many recruiters in the past week from the likes of Vanderbilt, University of San Diego, Saint Mary’s College, Cal State Fullerton, York College of Nebraska, Bellevue University, University of Nevada-Reno, Lewis and Clark State, Kansas, Virginia Tech and San Jose State. All of the coaches have inquired about our players not only on the field, but in the classroom as well. It is very pleasing as a coaching staff when I get to tell them about the hard-working players that we have on this year’s team.
Along with the college recruiters, there has been over 20 major league scouts at the previous three games to scout our boys. Scouts from the Athletics, Giants, Reds, Marlins, Braves, Rockies, Red Sox, Mariners, Astros and more have attended games, some back for the second and third time.
Along with this year’s team, the coaching staff led by recruiting coordinator Dan Lewis has continued to receive verbal commitments from some of the area’s top high school baseball players to help carry on the tradition of excellence in the coming years at Ohlone baseball. Ohlone has attracted some of the area’s premier players this year, and is very excited to provide a quality college baseball experience for these young men.
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