Article, 2008 Season - Women's Softball

Ohlone beats Solano in Game 1

Renegades rally for win in first round of Northern Regional softball playoffs

By Tony Gonsalez, Correspondent.

Sunday, May 4, 2008—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

FREMONT—It was close, but the Ohlone College softball team pulled out a gutsy 3-2 win over visiting Solano on Saturday in Game 1 of the first round of the Northern Regional playoffs in the best-of-3 format.

The Renegades need just one more victory to advance to the second round, while the Falcons need to win two games today to advance. Game time is at noon at Ohlone, with a third-and-deciding game at 2 p.m. if Ohlone should fall.

Facing Ohlone for the fourth time this season, Solano decided to mix things up in the circle against the potent Renegades bats.

Left-handed pitcher Kara Besseghini started for the Falcons, but Solano coach Terri Pearson-Bloom decided to mix things up and rotated Besseghini with freshman Kelly Downing every other inning. Bessighini started the first, third and fifth innings, while Downing went in the second, fourth and sixth.

The duo limited the Renegades two hits in the first five innings.

Solano (31-18), meanwhile, had some success against Ohlone starting pitcher Kelly Colker, the Coast-North Conference Pitcher of the Year.

In the third inning, No. 9 hitter Alexandrea Woody led off with a double and scored on Chelsea VandenBerg's triple for a 1-0 Solano lead. With one out, Penelope Crouse-Feehan hit a ground ball that Ohlone third baseman Kim Cawley booted for an error, VandenBerg scoring for a 2-0 advantage.

"Pitching in a game for the first time in 10 days really hurt her (Colker)," Ohlone coach Donna Runyon said. "She, however, did a good job keeping us in the game."

The Renegades (39-7) got one run back in the home half of the third as Katrina Roman led off with a double, went to third on a ground-out and scored on a Danielle Yee squeeze bunt.

Ohlone's defense made a huge play in the fifth to keep it a 2-1 game.

After VandenBerg led off the inning with her second triple of the game, Olivia Gutierrez looked as though she would bring home Vandenberg with a fly to right.

Roman, however, nailed VandenBerg at the plate for a double play.

"That was a huge play for us and really got us back in the game," Runyon added.

The Renegades bats would finally wake up in the sixth.

Yee led off with a triple off of Downing and scored on Kat Sumner's one-out single to tie the contest 2-2. Kassandra Winger doubled Sumner to third, bringing up Ortega.

Ortega roped a single to left, scoring Sumner for a 3-2 Ohlone lead and knocking Downing out of the game.

Freshman Sarah Lawrence then retired the side in order to preserve the win for Ohlone.

"She did an awesome job for us," Ortega said.

Lawrence pitched two perfect innings to get the win. Colker went five-plus innings, allowing five hits and two runs (one earned), and striking out five. Ortega went 2-for-2 with a walk, a steal and an RBI.

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