Ohlone College Hosts March Madness at Central Park - Press Release, Office of College Advancement

Monday, March 10, 2014
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

Fremont, CA-March Madness swings into Central Park in Fremont, Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16. The Ohlone College Renegades host this 16-team tournament in the 22nd Annual March Madness Invitational Tournament.

Come watch rising star RaeAnn Garza, an Ohlone College Renegades first year starting pitcher and team captain. Garza boasts a long list of achievements, starting with three division championships wins at Logan High School. She is proving herself to be a driving force for the Renegades. Furthermore, Garza excels academically, having come to Ohlone College as an Ohlone Promise Scholar - a full-ride scholarship offered to graduating high school seniors in the Tri-City area.

Rae Ann Garza at bat.Savanna Ulloa.RaeAnn Garza and Savanna Ulloa. -Photo by Don Jedlovec.

The legend behind the team is Head Coach Donna Runyon, who is in her 27th year with the Renegades. Runyon currently has 875 wins and will soon receive her 900th win milestone from Easton Sports. She was recently selected to receive a "4CAA Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award." Under Runyon's leadership the Ohlone Renegades earned 13 Conference Championship Titles, recently winning nine years in a row from 2003 to 2011.

Community college teams from northern and central California will compete in 24 games on fields 3, 4, 5, and 6 at Central Park on Saturday beginning at 9am and another 14 games on Sunday. Saturday's games are under pool play format with four teams playing in one of four pools, while Sunday will be single elimination play in two brackets.

Alyssa Raguini at bat.Gabriela Reyes throws the ball.Alyssa Raguini and Gabriela Reyes. -Photo by Don Jedlovec.

The sixteen teams competing in the invitational are Ohlone, Butte, Cabrillo, Chabot, City College of San Francisco, Hartnell (last year's tournament champ), Feather River, Fresno, Gavilan, Merced, Monterey Peninsula, San Jose City, Shasta, Siskiyous, Solano, and Taft.

Saturday's games start at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm. Ohlone plays Gavilan at 9am, Merced at 1pm and Feather River at 3pm. All Ohlone games are on field 4.

Admission is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors and young adults; and children under 6, high school softball players with a player pass and young softball players in uniform are free. Parking is also free. Concessions and rest rooms are available.

March Madness is sponsored by Easton, Diamond, Ringor, Marriott Silicon Valley, Arctic Glacier and Cliff Bar.

March Madness Softball Tournament
Saturday-Sunday, March 15-16
9am - 7pm (Sunday 9am - 3pm)
Central Park
40000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont
(510) 659-6044

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