Article, 2011 Season - Ohlone College Renegades Men's Baseball

Renegades fight their way back on track

By Jeff Weisinger.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.

As the weather finally found some sort of stability, the defending state champion Ohlone baseball team did the same. Despite the task not being that easy. A day after falling to Monterey Peninsula, the Renegades defeated De Anza 5-4 in a comeback thriller.

After Ohlone took the opening 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first off of a Mark Mercer RBI single, the Dons responded in the fourth inning as they rocked Ohlone starter Cody Honea for four runs to go up 4-1.

Ohlone would claw back to within two after Matt Chaidez tripled, scoring Brandon Jossey from third. The Renegades came back to tie the game in the fifth inning with a pair of runs scored off of a Rich Bermudez RBI single, scoring Ryan Tella who tripled to lead off the inning, and Jossey's sacrifice RBI with one out, bringing home Bermudez.

De Anza had a chance to take the lead back in the eighth inning as Ryan Devencenzi hit two consecutive batters after getting the first two outs as Kevin Roeder flew out to right field and Will Gibson grounded out to first. Despite having two runners on and the game tied, Devencenzi got Pedro Tostado to fly out to right field to end the inning and strand the runners.

Ohlone's bullpen saw a similar situation in the ninth inning as Brandon Arata, in to relieve Devencenzi, stranded a runner at second after allowing a leadoff single. In the bottom of the inning, the Renegades went to work , starting with Sean Yoshikawa reaching first with one out after being hit by a Henry Santoro pitch then reached third after an error by Santoro. Christian Richards pinch ran for Yoshikawa and scored the game-winning run on a sacrifice RBI by Tella with one out.

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