Article, 2010 Season - Ohlone College Renegades Men's Baseball

Ohlone College baseball team beats Chabot twice to advance to state JC championships

By Mike McGreehan, Correspondent.

Sunday, May 16, 2010—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

After having emerged from losers bracket play in the California Community College Athletic Association NorCal Super Regional, Ohlone College had to beat Chabot twice on Sunday to advance to next weekend's state baseball championship playoffs. By late afternoon, the Renegades had done just that with a 3-1 win in the second game that followed a 9-8 victory in the first. All the action took place on Ohlone's home field.

"Two games here today after two games yesterday shows the determination and heart of this team," Renegades coach Jordon Twohig said.

Game two was a classic matchup of pitching aces. San Jose State-bound lefty Roberto Padilla took the hill for the Renegades and turned in a masterful performance after having pitched just two days earlier. Showing no signs of fatigue, Padilla threw a complete game with 11 strikeouts.

"I conditioned myself—set my arm in ice—to get myself ready to play," Padilla said. "I felt good, I did everything I needed. My curveball, that was my go-to pitch today. It's a great help to have teammates that believe in me."

Padilla walked three, hit a batter and yielded just four hits. One of those hits, however, was a solo home run by Miguel Flores in the fourth.

Ohlone still trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the eighth when Michael Di Rocco and pinch hitter Jeff Johnson drew back-to-back walks to start the winning rally. Cody Foster singled home Di Rocco with the tying run one out later, and Zach Johnson followed with another single to score pinch runner Steven Zanders with what proved to be the winning run.

Ohlone got an insurance run when Mark Mercer, who had reached on a fielder's choice, stole second base and drew a wild throw from reliever Daniel Brown. Foster raced home from third on the play.

Freshman starter Mike Botelho also pitched a great game for Chabot with seven strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.

"This was two teams competing at the highest level," Chabot coach Steve Friend said. "We didn't lose it, they won it. Hats off to them."

Ohlone 9, Chabot 8: Game one was as much a slugfest as game two was a pitching duel. Chabot, playing as the home team, broke a 3-3 tie with four runs in the fifth. But Zach Johnson answered with a grand slam in the top of the sixth to tie. Di Rocco's two-run double in the seventh put the Renegades up for keeps.

Jake Whitney homered in the ninth for the Gladiators.

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