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

Walk offs beat Ohlone again

By Biff Jones.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.

Ohlone College Renegades softball team lost an extra-inning game against Coast Conference North co-leader College of San Mateo on Saturday, April 2, on a leadoff homerun in the bottom of the eighth inning. Last Tuesday, April 5, the same thing happened when San Jose City College hit a homerun in the bottom of the seventh inning of a tie game to beat the Renegades, 3-2. Ohlone's streak of eight consecutive CCN titles is in jeopardy.

SJCC got on the board first with a run in bottom of the first inning and made it 2-0 after three innings. Renegades answered with a run in top of the fourth on first baseman Lauren Ermitano's one-out triple followed by an RBI single from second baseman Sara Ragusa.

Teams then went scoreless until the seventh when Ohlone tied it 2-2 thanks to a couple of San Jose errors. However, there would be no extra innings this day as SJCC walked off with the win. Ohlone ace Jessica Varady suffered her fifth loss of the season in going the distance. She gave up five hits, walked one and hit a batter while striking out 10. She also went 3-3 with at the plate.

Last Thursday, April 7, the Renagades hosted Foothill College, a team Ohlone defeated 7-3 earlier in the season. Again, Varady took the rubber and held the visitors to three runs on three hits with no walks, a hit batsman six strikeouts.

Ohlone put the game out of reach in the second inning when, after a walk and two outs, the Renegades strung together seven consecutive hits to score eight runs, highlighted by a two-run homer by Stefani Hatley. Candice Christiansen, Ashley Vignola, Brittany Hillman and Varady each had doubles in the uprising.

Last Saturday the Renegades (23-7-1, 11-3 CCN) traveled to City College of San Francisco, another CCN foe, and came away with a five-inning mercy rule win, 11-0. Varady got the start and the win and is now 19-5. Victoria Newton pitched the fifth inning. Hitting star was catcher Shelby Fowler with a home run, triple and three RBIs. Ohlone is a half game behind San Mateo for first heading into the week's play. Ohlone and San Mateo meet in Fremont on April 26.

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