James Logan ace heading to Ohlone - Article, 2013 Ohlone College Renegades Women's Softball

By Biff Jones; Photo by Mike Heightchew.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.

RaeAnn Garza is a diminutive (5'1") softball pitcher with a big arm who does not throw hard but has a variety of pitches she can throw for strikes stymie opposing batters. A senior at James Logan High School (Colts) of Union City, Garza has an incredible record over four years of varsity ball.

RaeAnn Garza with coaches from James Logan and Ohlone College.RaeAnn Garza (center) and Coaches Donna Runyon of Ohlone College (right) and Teri Johnson of James Logan High School (left).

This year, Garza is 16-1 with her only loss so far coming against Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) rival, Newark Memorial High School in an April non-league tournament game in Sparks, NV. According to Logan Head Coach, Teri Johnson, Garza has never lost an MVAL conference game in four years and an overall record of 78-8; two MVAL games remain: at home against Irvington High School and at Mission San Jose High School.

When not pitching, Garza plays shortstop. A couple of years ago, Garza was the Colts leadoff hitter, but now she bats third in the order, typically the position baseball and softball teams usually put their best hitters.

In addition to two more MVAL games remaining, the Lady Colts could play one, two or three games in the upcoming Division I, North Coast Section (NCS) of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) post season Tournament. In Garza's three previous years, Logan won NCS in 2010, lost 2-0 to Amador Valley High School (AVHS) of Pleasanton in the 2011 NCS Championship game, and beat AVHS 1-0 in the 2012 NCS Championship game. Garza's double in the seventh inning of that game knocked in the winning run which also made Garza the winning pitcher. Garza believes AVHS and California High School of San Ramon will be the Colts toughest competition to winning another NCS DI title.

Garza is the daughter of Sylvia and Jose Garza of Union City. She has two older brothers, Orlando and Jose, an older sister, Yolanda, and a younger sister, DeAnn, a sophomore third baseman on the Logan softball team.

Asked what was her favorite subject and if she had any rituals or superstitions she follows, Garza replied that she enjoys English the most and she has a chain that she wears around her neck on game day.

When Garza was asked why she chose Ohlone to start her college career, she said that she wanted to go to a good softball program while staying close to home. After getting her AA degree from Ohlone, Garza wants to continue her education at a four year college and major in Psychology. As many other Ohlone graduates, who also played softball, have done, Garza could still get that softball scholarship when she pursues a bachelor's degree in two years.

Garza picked a very good softball program to start her college career. Ohlone Head Coach Donna Runyon's teams have only missed post-season play twice in almost 25 years. Her teams have won 13 North Coast Conference titles including nine in a row from 2003 to 2011. Coach Runyon is still looking for her first California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Championship. Maybe Garza can help Coach Runyon capture that elusive state title just as she helped Logan win two of Coach Johnson's four NCS titles.

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