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March 14, 2006 > Maddening weather subdues March Madness

Maddening weather subdues March Madness

by Biff Jones

Ohlone's 14th annual March Madness Softball Tournament scheduled for Fremont's Central Park this past weekend suffered a loss at the hands of Mother Nature. Women from sixteen junior colleges across Northern and Central California were scheduled to play three games on Saturday and one to three games on Sunday. On Saturday, Mother Nature pitched a shutout as the fields at Central Park were deemed unplayable and all games canceled.

An abbreviated version of the tournament was attempted on Sunday with five teams, Feather River, Ohlone, Porterville, Shasta and Solano playing at Ohlone College and four others at San Jose City College. The games at San Jose City took another weather hit and were completely washed out, while only four games were played at Ohlone with two rain delays.

Ohlone was able to play in two of the games, but their bats were as cold as the weather. In the first game against Porterville, Ohlone's Isabel Ramos pitched a two hitter over five innings as games were limited to a maximum of seventy-five minutes and a minimum of five innings. One of Porterville's hits resulted in the only run of the ball game as it came in the fourth inning after a walk, followed by pitching and catching miscues which allowed the base runner to advance to third base. Ohlone also could only manage two hits, singles by Jessica Soderholm and Angela Franceschini, sending Ohlone down to defeat 1-0.

In the second game for Ohlone against Feather River, the visitors from up north scored two runs in the second inning and one run in the fourth inning off the nine hit pitching by Ohlone's Tiffany Chan. Again the Ohlone bats went cold as they could only collect three hits through the first five innings. Then in the sixth and final inning Ohlone was able to knock out three hits, singles by Valerie Briones and Soderholm followed by a double by Melissa Cross. Unfortunately the singles were sandwiched around a caught stealing and resulted in zero runs scored. The other hits for Ohlone were two singles by Chan and another by Ashley Marra.

The next home games for Ohlone are scheduled for today against Chabot of Hayward and Thursday against College of San Mateo. Then on Thursday March 23rd, Monterey Peninsula College visits the Fremont campus. All game times are 3:00 p.m. weather permitting.

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