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

Ohlone closing in on another title

By Biff Jones.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.

With time running out on the regular season, both the Chabot College Lady Gladiators and Ohlone College Lady Renegades softball teams had a full slate of games a week ago. Ohlone -- vying for its ninth consecutive Coast Conference North regular season title -- and Chabot still had work to do in order to get bids into the California Community College Athletic Association postseason tournament.

After ousting Chabot, De Anza went on to play Ohlone on Thursday, April 21. Ohlone's only chance at winning its ninth straight CCN title was winning its final two games -- against De Anza and then at home vs. first-place San Mateo (who leads the Lady Renegades by one game).

De Anza got on the board first with a run in the third and three more in the fourth. Ohlone answered with two in their half of the fourth and tied it at 4 with two in the fifth. That was all the scoring until the eighth when Renegade catcher Shelby Fowler led off by reaching on a De Anza error and then stole second base. With two outs, Brittany Hillman drove in Fowler with the winning run on a single to left for the 5-4 victory.

Ohlone ace Jessica Varady went the distance to improve to 23-5. She gave up eight hits, one walk and struck out 11. Hillman, Varady and Candice Christiansen all had two hits. Stefanie Hatley had a homerun and two RBIs.

San Mateo's loss put them in a first-place tie with Ohlone. Now, on Tuesday, April 26, in Fremont, the two clubs will battle it out for CCN supremacy in the final game of the regular season; first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. Both teams will receive automatic bids to the CCCAA playoffs as conference winner and runner up. Log onto the Tri-City Voice Sports website -- -- to find out the result and the schedule for the CCCAA Nor Cal regional tournament.

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