Article, 2010 Season - Ohlone Renegades Women's Softball
Weekend weather gives softballers chance to play
By Biff Jones.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.
For the second week in a row, Mother Nature wiped out Ohlone Renegade and Chabot Gladiator softball games. Ohlone's game at De Anza of Cupertino on Tuesday, March 2, and Chabot at Ohlone, scheduled for March 3 had to be rescheduled.
Over last weekend the weatherman cooperated as on Saturday, March 6, Ohlone hosted Cosumnes River and Merced. Meanwhile, the Gladiators hit the road and played two in Clovis on Sunday, March 7, against Victor Valley and Fresno City. Chabot lost 4-3 to Victory Valley and defeated Fresno City 7-4. Both games called after 6 innings.
Against Cosumnes, a team Ohlone defeated 2-0 earlier in the year, the Renegades jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after one inning. However, the visitors would score two in the third; one in the fourth; and two more in the fifth for a 5-2 lead. Ohlone would only be able to add a run in their half of the fifth as the team from the Capital would revenge the earlier defeat with a 5-3 victory.
Freshman Jessica Varady went the distance for the home side, giving up seven hits, one walk and striking out one. Four errors proved costly for the Renegades.
Hitting stars for Ohlone were sophomore shortstop Ashley Nahale, 2-3 and two RBIs; sophomore designated hitter Paulina Gentry, 2-3; and Varaday, a double and a run scored.
Game two against Merced saw sophomore Kendell Beermann toe the rubber for the hosts.
Renegades got a run in its half of the first. Merced went ahead with two in the top of the third and Ohlone would regain the lead scoring two in the bottom of the fourth.
Beermann would be relived by Varaday to start the sixth as the starter was on a pitch count (she had reached 60 after 5 innings) because she is still recovering from shoulder surgery. In her five innings of work, Beermann gave up five hits, two runs (1 earned), no walks and had six strikeouts.
Top of the seventh saw Merced put their first two runners on base via singles. After a Varaday strikeout and a wild pitch, the Merced leadoff hitter banged out her third double of the game to put Merced backup front 4-3.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Renegades had the top of the order coming to bat. First two batters went easily on ground ball outs putting Ohlone down to its last out. That is when the heart of the order would strike back as freshman right fielder Candice Christiansen, Nahale and sophomore third baseman Shelby Tomasello rapped out three consecutive singles to score the tying and winning runs, giving the home side a 5-4 victory.
Nahale went 3-4 with a run scored; freshman first baseman Jamilyn Cruz went 2-2 with an RBI and a run scored; Tomasello went 1-4 and 2 RBIs; Christiansen 2-4, a run scored; freshman catcher Stephanie Hatley a triple and a run scored; sophomore second baseman Julyssa Perry 1-3, a run scored and hit by a pitch; Varaday a double and an RBI; and Gentry a pinch-hit double.
Ohlone is now 7-4-1 overall and will host the16-team, 18th Annual March Madness Tournament this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 13-14, starting at 9 a.m. in Fremont's Central Park.
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