Article, 2011 Season - Ohlone College Renegades Women's Softball

Renegades softball falls to second place

By Biff Jones.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.

Ohlone Renegades softball team will probably have to win their remaining regular season games (7) to get at least a share of the Coast Conference North (CCN) softball title for 2011. Coach Donna Runyon charges are trying to win the title for the ninth straight year. Ohlone took a major hit last Saturday, April 2 when they dropped a tough 9-8 extra inning (8) game at first place College of San Mateo Bulldogs.

Renegades jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on walks to right fielder and lead off hitter Brittany Hillman, and to shortstop Kaley Marden. They were then doubled home by third baseman Stefanie Hatley. Unfortunately, Hatley was tagged out between second and third or she could have scored when first baseman, Lauren Ermitano followed with another double.

Teams would go quietly over their next 2 innings of at bats before CSM tied it 2-2 in the bottom of the third when they strung together 4 consecutive singles after 2 were out.

Top of the sixth with 1 out, Ohlone put together 7 hits and a hit batsman to plate 6 runs, high lighted by a Hatley 3 run home run. Again the Renegades could have tallied more when they could not get home runners from second and third with only 1 out. However, Dogs would come right back in the bottom of the sixth with a 4 run outburst and again most of the damage coming after 2 outs, to cut the deficit to 8-6.

Bottom of the seventh saw Ohlone still holding a 2 run lead but CSM was not dead as they closed the gap to 1 run on 3 straight hits with 1 out. They then tied the game at 8-8 on a suicide squeeze bunt. Renegades finally got out of the inning on a ground ball double play and sent it into the extra innings.

After Ohlone went 1,2,3 in top of the eighth, the Bulldogs got a lead off, walk off home run in the bottom half to end the contest.

TCV, April 2011 Female Athlete of the Month, Jessica Varady, took the loss and dropped her record to 17-4. Hatley ended up going 2-4 with 5 RBIs while Ermitano was 3-4 including 2 doubles. CSM is now 10-1 in CCN while Ohlone drops to 9-2. Two teams will meet again, next time at Ohlone, in the last regular season game of the year on April 26 at 3 p.m.

Earlier last week Ohlone had home wins over Hartnell College of Salinas, 2-0 and Monterey Peninsula College, 8-0 and a road win against Gavilan College of Gilroy, 12-1, all from Coast Conference South.

Varady got the wins against Hartnell and Gavilan while Ermitano received the win over MPC. Gavilan and MPC games were both called after 5 innings because of the 8 run mercy rule.

In the Hartnell game, Hillman went 2-3 with a double. MPC contest saw Ermitano go 3-3 with 3 doubles and 3 RBIs; Hatley 2-4 with a double; Sara Raguso 2-4, a double; and Shelby Fowler a triple. Against Gavilan, Fowler was 3-3, including a double and 3 RBIs; Marden 2-3 with 2 doubles; and Candice Christiansen 2-3 and 3 RBIs.

Next up for Ohlone is at San Jose City College (CCS), Tuesday, April 5, then CCN home games to both Foothill College of Los Altos Hills, 7th and Mission College of Santa Clara, 12th. All games at 3.

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