Ohlone softballers moving to CSU - Article, 2012 Ohlone College Renegades Women's Softball

By Donna Runyon and Biff Jones.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.

Two Ohlone sophomores [and others from Head Coach Donna Runyon's program], Lauren Ermitano and Shelby Fowler, will be earning their A.A. degrees this month and become student athletes as juniors this fall in the California State University (CSU) system.

Shelby and Lauren with Head Coach Donna Runyon.L-R: Shelby Fowler, Ohlone Head Coach Donna Runyon, Lauren Ermitano. —Photo by Michael Heightchew.

Lauren Ermitano

Ermitano ("Ermi") is a 2010 graduate of Castro Valley High School and graduated from Ohlone with a 3.0 grade point average (G.P.A.). This final semester she carried 18.5 units and earned a 3.2 G.P.A. This will enable Ermitano to transfer 65 units to CSU Monterey Bay where she earned a softball scholarship in pursuit of a B.S. Degree in Kinesiology.

Ermitano was primarily the team's first baseman, playing 42 of 44 games, and "clean-up" - No. 4 in the batting order - hitter. She led the team in home runs with nine, RBI's with 47 and a .409 batting average. Many of her hits where of the clutch variety including a walk-off, one out, 2-run home run for a 3-2 victory over the College of San Mateo in the second game of the 2012 Super Regional post season tournament.

In addition, Ermitano pitched in 15 games, starting 10 of them with a 7-2 record and a .255 earned run average. She had three complete games in the teams 31-win season and earned First Team All Coast Conference North (CCN) honors both years at Ohlone. Ermitano was the All NorCal first baseman in 2011 and has been nominated as the 2012 team Most Valuable Player which will be announced Saturday, June 16.

Lauren is the daughter of Kevyn and Susan Ermitano of Castro Valley; her sister, Morgan, 15, is an avid supporter. Ermi is spending the summer working in a local business.

"Lauren will be greatly missed as she was a consistent force on the softball field in games as well as practice," said Coach Runyon. "She never said never and will not be outworked. She sets high standards for herself which makes her a terrific competitor. I am excited to see her get even better at the next level."

Shelby Fowler

Fowler is a 2010 graduate of California High School in San Ramon and will graduate with a 3.0 G.P.A. In her final semester, she carried 18 units earning a 3.1 G.P.A. and will transfer 65 units to Humboldt State University in Eureka where she also will major in Kinesology on a softball schlorship.

In both years at Ohlone, Fowler was the starting catcher and was named First Team All CCN. Offensively, in 41 games played, she had 39 hits, 26 RBI's, a .612 slugging percentage with 16 extra base hits and led the team in walks. For a catcher she could really "pick-em up and lay-em down" as she led the team with 17 stolen bases.

On defense Fowler made only two errors, none throwing, while attempting to throw out 31 would-be base stealers and making numerous pick-off attempts. Fowler was the "quarterback of the infield" calling special plays, pick-offs and where to throw the ball. She also found a way to control each pitcher and worked hard to frame pitches.

Shelby is the daughter of Bill and Kelly Fowler of San Ramon and has two younger brothers, Nicholas, 18 and Brandon, 14. Nicholas hopes to play baseball and matriculate at Ohlone this fall. Shelby's summer will be spent finishing up a couple of courses.

"Shelby was a leader by example. She worked hard at her position and that hard work motivated others," said Coach Runyon. "She was well disciplined in balancing her athletic and academic time, and that characteristic will help her attain success at the next level. I share Shelby's excitement as she moves on to the next level, and I think Humboldt State University is a perfect fit for her success."

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