Article, 2007 Season - Women's Softball

Ohlone wins behind Ramos

By Steve R. Waterhouse, Staff writer.

Sunday, May 6, 2007—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

Fremont—Isabel Ramos is no stranger to big situations.

The Ohlone College pitcher and clutch hitter shined in one of the biggest moment of her career.

Having already pitched seven shutout innings, Ramos came to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning wih two outs, a runner on third and a chance to give Ohlone a victory in the first game in a best-of-3 series against visiting College of the Sequoias in the regional playoffs on Saturday afternoon.

Ramos took the first pitch, a strike. She took the next two pitches as she worked the count into her favor at 2-1. Then she delivered a single up the middle that scored Danielle Cameron, who had tripled to left-center field, and gave Ohlone a 1-0 victory.

"I was waiting for my pitch," Ramos said. "I kept my hands up and swung hard."

The at-bat was eerily familiar to one in an 8-7 win over Fresno City back on Feb. 3 when Ramos did the same thing as Ohlone scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh.

"Coach (Donna Runyon) said to think back to the Fresno game and go do the same thing," Ramos said.

The series continues today at Ohlone at noon. If Ohlone (35-9) loses that game, a second game is slated for 2 p.m. Otherwise, the Renegades will advance to the second round.

"That first one sets the tone," Runyon said. "The pressure isn't on us now. They have to get back-to-back wins."

Ramos was nearly untouchable. The sophomore, who graduated from American High, allowed six hits, struck out four and walked one and didn't allow a runner to reach third.

She got some help in the fifth inning when Sequoias' (21-15) Kaysie Johnston hit a ball into the gap in left-center field. The center fielder, Valerie Briones, picked up the ball, fired it to shortstop Jessica Soderholm, who threw out Johnston trying to stretch a double into a triple.

"I thought my pitches were good, but I also know my defense is behind me," Ramos said.

Cameron and Ramos each went 1-for-3 as Ohlone was held to just four hits. Some of that had to do with the week-plus layoff Ohlone had. The Renegades last game was April 25, a 7-2 loss to San Jose City.

"I felt we were pressing," Runyon said. "I can be creative in practice, but these girls were out here diving for balls on Thursday. The only live pitching they saw was our pitchers."

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