March Madness hits Central Park - Article, 2014 Ohlone College Renegades Women's Softball

Tuesday, March 11, 2014—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.

Submitted by Ohlone College.

March Madness swings into Fremont's Central Park on Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16 as the Ohlone College Renegades host this 16-team tournament in the 22nd annual "March Madness Invitational Tournament."

Renegades player set to catch the ball.—Photo by Don Jedlovec.

Come watch rising star RaeAnn Garza, an Ohlone College Renegades first year starting pitcher and team captain. Garza boasts a long list of achievements, starting with three division championships wins at Logan High School. She is proving to be a driving force for the Renegades. Furthermore, Garza excels academically, having come to Ohlone College as an Ohlone Promise Scholar - a full-ride scholarship offered to graduating high school seniors in the Tri-City area.

The legend behind the team is Head Coach Donna Runyon, who is in her 27th year with the Renegades. Runyon currently has 875 wins and will soon receive her 900th win milestone from Easton Sports. She was recently selected to receive a "4CAA Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award." Under Runyon's leadership, the Ohlone Renegades have earned 13 Conference Championship Titles, recently winning nine years in a row, from 2003 to 2011.

Community college teams from northern and central California will compete in 24 games on fields 3, 4, 5, and 6 at Central Park on Saturday and another 14 games on Sunday. Saturday's games are under pool play format with four teams playing in one of four pools, while Sunday will be single elimination play in two brackets.

Renegades player swings at the ball.—Photo by Don Jedlovec.

The sixteen teams competing in the invitational are Ohlone, Butte, Cabrillo, Chabot, City College of San Francisco, Hartnell (last year's tournament champ), Feather River, Fresno, Gavilan, Merced, Monterey Peninsula, San Jose City, Shasta, Siskiyous, Solano, and Taft.

Saturday's games start at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ohlone plays Gavilan at 9 a.m., Merced at 1 p.m. and Feather River at 3 p.m. All Ohlone games are on field 4.

Admission is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors and young adults; and children under 6, high school softball players with a player pass, and young softball players in uniform are free. Parking is also free. Concessions and rest rooms are available.

March Madness is sponsored by Easton, Diamond, Ringor, Marriott Silicon Valley, Arctic Glacier and Cliff Bar.

  • March Madness Softball Tournament
  • Saturday, Mar 15 - Sunday, Mar 16
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Central Park Softball Complex
    1110 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont
  • (510) 659-6044
  • Tickets: $6 adults, $4 seniors and young adults

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