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

Ohlone downed in Super Regional

By Biff Jones.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.

Ohlone College, under head coach Donna Runyon, with a record of 31-7-1, entered the California Community College (CCCAA) Nor Cal Super Regional softball playoffs as the No. 3 seed. Super Regionals consist of a pair of four-team, double-elimination tournaments held in Nor Cal and two more in So Cal. They took place from Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 15. Ohlone found itself in the Siskiyous bracket, pitted against No. 2 seed College of the Siskiyous, No. 6 Cosumnes River and No. 7 Feather River.

Siskiyous opened the tourney with a five-inning, 8-0 win over Feather River, shortened because of the mercy rule. Ohlone Renegades followed suit in defeating Cosumnes River 12-3, also in five innings. Ohlone led 12-1 entering the top of the fifth when Runyon decided to save Renegade pitching ace Jessica Varady for Saturday as her pitch count had reached 65. Lauren Ermitano was brought in to pitch the fifth and she allowed a two-run home run for the final score of 12-3.

On the second day -- Saturday, May 14 -- Feather River defeated Cosumnes River 10-2 in six innings to survive the elimination game. Meanwhile, in winners' bracket play between two familiar foes. Siskiyous had won the two earlier meetings against Ohlone, 5-4 in 8 innings at Ohlone and 9-2 in the March Madness final at Washington Park.

In this the third meeting between the two, it was all Siskiyous in five innings as they scored four runs in the top of the first then added two in the third, one in the fourth and two more in the fifth while shutting out the Renegades.

After the loss, the Renegades were relegated to an elimination game against Feather River. Ohlone found itself trailing 7-1 when the Lady Renegades came back to take an 8-7 lead. However, it was short lived as Feather River would go up again 10-8; Ohlone rebounded to come back and tie it at 10 to force extra innings.

When Coach Runyon decided Varady had run out of gas after pitching in her third game in two days and went to bring in a reliever, Varady told Coach she wanted to finish what she started. So Runyon let her finish. Feather River would score a run in the top of the eighth, ending Ohlone's season. Candice Christiansen homered for the Renegades in the loss.

"They left it all on the field today," said Runyan of her Renegades (32-9-1) squad. Varady ended her career 27-7. She will matriculate at San Jose State in the fall of 2011.

Siskiyous was able to stave off the pesky Feather River side on Sunday, winning the Super Regional and advancing on to the State Championship next weekend.

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