Article, 2008 Season - Women's Softball

Ohlone crushes Solano, advances JC Softball

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

By Tony Gonsalez, Correspondent.

Monday, May 5, 2008—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

Fremont—After being pushed to the edge in the first game of the best-of-3 series against Solano, the Ohlone College softball team wanted to show the Falcons which was the better team.

The Renegades jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead in Game 2 against the overmatched Falcons en route to a 12-4 win that was called in the bottom of the sixth inning due to the eight-run rule.

With the victory, Ohlone

(40-7) advances to the Super Regionals this weekend and another best-of-3 series.

The Renegades wasted no time jumping on Solano pitcher Kelly Downing in the first inning.

Kat Sumner lined a one-out single and promptly stole second and third with Kassandra Winger, the Coast-North Conference Most Valuable Player, at the plate. Winger singled home Sumner for the game's first run. She then stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. After a walk to Cassandra Ortega, Jamie Miller's groundout brought home Winger, and Ortega later scored on another wild pitch for a 3-0 Ohlone lead.

"We wanted to come out right away and jump on them," Sumner said. "Everybody did a great job picking each other up."

Ohlone kept up the hitting attack and would knock Downing out of the game with a five-run second inning.

Danielle Cameron was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a single to right by Katrina Roman.

Then with one out, Kim Cawley and Sumner both singled, and Cawley came around to score on Winger's RBI single for a 5-0 lead.

After Kara Besseghini replaced Downing in the circle, Ortega drew a walk to load the bases for Miller.

Miller singled to right-center to score Sumner and Winger, and Ortega scored as well when Solano right fielder Alexandrea Woody bobbled the ball for an error, extending the Renegades advantage to 8-0.

Ohlone starting pitcher Kelly Colker was cruising along until Penelope Crouse-Feehan smashed a solo home run to deep left-center to lead off the fourth. Solano added two runs in the fifth on an RBI groundout by Olivia Gutierrez and an RBI single by Sarah Palu.

After Solano added another run in the top of the sixth, the Renegades ended Solano's season in the home half of the sixth.

Roman reached second base on an error and scored on another Falcons miscue. Winger laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Danielle Yee, and Ortega ended the game with a two-run single.

Colker bounced back from the rough outing she had Saturday to go four strong innings, allowing four hits and three runs to pick up the win. Sarah Lawrence pitched the last two innings.

"After yesterday, she came back out and really wanted to prove herself (today)," Sumner said. "She was so pumped up when she was warming up."

Sumner and Winger both wend 3-for-4 and scored three runs.

Solano finished 31-19.

College Softball

NORCAL PLAYOFFS

Best-of-3, Game 2 at Ohlone

No. 12 Solano (31-19) 000 121—4 7 3

No. 5 Ohlone (40-7) 350 004—12 12 3

Game called in sixth due to eight-run rule. Ohlone wins series 2-0.

SOLANO (ab-r-h)—VandenBerg 4-0-2, Gutierrez 4-0-0, Crouse-Feehan 2-1-1, Palu 3-0-1, Besseghini 3-0-0, Wink 3-0-0, Downing 3-1-2, Whitecomb 3-2-0, Woody 0-0-0, Jantoc 2-0-1. Totals 27-4-7.

OHLONE—Cawley 3-1-1, Lenz 1-0-0, Sumner 4-3-3, Winger 4-3-3, Ortega 2-2-1, Miller 3-0-1, Colker 2-0-1, Lawrence 1-0-1, Cameron 1-1-0, Roman 3-1-1, Yee 2-1-0. Totals 26-12-12.

RBIs—Olivia Gutierrez (S), Penelope Crouse-Feehan (S), Sarah Palu (S), Kerry Whitcomb (S), Sumner (O), Kassandra Winger (O) 2, Cassandra Ortega (O) 2, Jamie Miller (O) 3, Katrina Roman (O). 2B—Chelsea VandenBerg (S), Lawrence (O). 3B—none. HR: S—Crouse-Feehan (fourth, none on).

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