Article, 2008 Season - Women's Softball

Ohlone gets big victory over San Jose JC Softball

By Steve R. Waterhouse, Staff writer.

Friday, April 4, 2008—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

Fremont—The Ohlone College softball team has proven to be the team to beat in the Coast Conference North.

On Thursday, the Renegades got the opportunity to show the Coast Conference South that they're a team to be reckoned with, when San Jose City, ranked No.3 in the state, came to town.

No.6 Ohlone got stellar pitching from Newark Memorial High graduate Kelly Colker, superb defense and timely hitting in a 2-0 win over San Jose (31-6, 14-2).

"I was really confident with my pitches," Colker said. "My catcher (Kat Sumner) set me up perfect and the defense definitely was behind me."

Colker pitched a three-hitter, walked one and struck out five. The freshman opened the game strongly; she faced the minimum through the first three innings. Colker retired the final six batters in order.

"All I said to her was she had to make a statement," Ohlone coach Donna Runyon said. "Every pitch has to have a purpose. Make sure you dictate the game. She threw with fire and intensity."

Ohlone, which has six games left, has a fine 29-8 overall mark and an 18-0 record in conference. The win also avenges a loss to San Jose City (5-4) in the American River Tournament on Feb. 9.

The Renegades have never completed a perfect conference season, and with one more victory Ohlone can claim a sixth straight North division crown.

Things got off to a great start for Ohlone. In the top of the first, with a runner on first and one out, third baseman Kim Cawley snagged a liner and doubled off the runner to end the inning.

And as if it were scripted. Cawley got things going in the bottom of the first with a leadoff infield single. She went to second on a fielder's choice by Sumner. Kassy Winger was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second.

Cassandra Ortega hit a chopper to second that scooted into short center, and a hustling Cawley scored from second for a 1-0 Ohlone lead.

"This is the kind of game where every run is big and when we got that, we could settle down and play our game," Colker said.

Ohlone added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Ortega, who went 1-for-3, doubled to right-center to open the inning. She scored when the next batter, Jamie Miller, tripled to left. Miller also went 1-for-3.

"That was huge," Runyon said. "That's what I wanted my No.4 and 5 hitters to do."

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