Article, 2008 Season - Women's Softball

Ohlone's Colker fires 3-hitter

Staff Reports.

March 12, 2008—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

Fremont—This is one of those special Ohlone College softball teams.

The Renegades, with the perfect mix of freshmen and sophomores who have that chemistry thing down, improved to a stellar 10-0 in Coast Conference play with a 5-1 win over visiting Chabot Tuesday afternoon.

"I feel like I'm blessed to have 15 players like this, which is one of the bigger teams I've had in a while," Ohlone coach Donna Runyon said. "With this group, I can plug in someone else in the lineup, and we don't lose a step."

On Tuesday, Ohlone broke a scoreless tie with a four-run second inning. With one out, and runners on first and third bases, Ohlone pulled off the perfect delayed double-steal, as Cassandra Ortega stole home and Kelly Colker went from first to second, and Ohlone took a 1-0 lead.

The big hit in the inning came three batters later when Kim Cawlie hit a two-run single to give the Renegades a 4-0 lead.

That lead was enough for pitcher Colker, a Newark Memorial High graduate, who pitched a three-hitter.

"She's been awesome," Runyon said of the freshman pitcher. "She's a workhorse. She'll throw 100 pitches during practice and then when I need someone to throw batting practice, she's there."

Colker also went 2-for-3, as did teammate Kat Sumner (Washington).

Ohlone's left side of the infield are freshmen in Cawlie (third base) and Jamie Miller (shortstop). The top three hitters in the lineup are Cawlie, Miller and Sumner (in that order).

"Those are four people that I knew were great athletes coming in," Runyon said. "But they had to have that savvy on the field. They've learned a lot since walking on the campus this fall. They seem to make great decisions."

The Renegades host San Mateo on Thursday and then prepare for the March Madness Tournament, a 16-team, two-day event that begins Saturday at the Pleasanton Softball Complex.

The tournament was scheduled to be played at the Fremont Softball Complex, but the six-field venue was double-booked, and Pleasanton had an opening.

"Hosting the tournament means more hours working," Runyon said. "We have people who come and want to enjoy this tournament, and we want to provide them that. The girls know it's going to be more work, but they do it. They also want to make the other teams feel important. They've embraced that."

Ohlone opens the tournament on Saturday against Solano at 9 a.m. in the first game of the tourney, which has a three-game, round-robin format.

Sunday's action will have a single-elimination format.

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