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April 4, 2006 > Ohlone women run into a buzz saw

Ohlone women run into a buzz saw

by Biff Jones

The Ohlone College Renegades softball team traveled to Salinas a week ago Friday for a rain postponed make-up game against Hartnell College and came away with at 9-3 victory. Last Tuesday they played a regularly scheduled game at Gavilan College in Gilroy and were victorious 14-1 in a game shortened to five innings because of the eight run Mercy Rule.

With the two victories, Ohlone remained undefeated in Coast Conference League play, and thus set up a showdown meeting last Thursday at Saratoga's West Valley College, also undefeated in conference play.

The West Valley Vikings drew first blood and opened the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Ohlone pitcher, Isabel Torres, settled down and shut out West Valley over the next three innings. In the bottom of the fifth inning West Valley pushed across two more runs and ended their scoring with a solo home run in their half of the sixth inning.

Meanwhile, West Valley pitcher Katie Cotta was pitching a gem. She did not allow a hit or a run over the first five innings. Finally, in the top of the sixth, Ohlone scratched out a run without the benefit of a hit when right fielder Valerie Briones worked a lead-off walk from Cotta. She advanced to third on a wild pitch and passed ball. After one out, first baseman Melissa Cross plated Briones with a sacrifice fly to deep left field. This was the Renegades only run as Cotta continued to mow down the Ohlone hitters.

With two outs and no one on base in the top of the seventh, Cotta's bid for a no hitter ended when Ohlone's second baseman, Raquel Torres, lined a double down the third base line. Second base is where she stayed as Cotta struck out the next Renegade batter to end the ball game. With the final out, Cotta ended up striking out sixteen of the twenty-one outs recorded by Ohlone, including striking out the side in the first, fifth and seventh innings. For Cotta, it was a one hit, 5-1 victory.

With the win, West Valley's record improved to 31-2 and 11-0 in league play and Cotta now at 19-0. The loss dropped Ohlone to 18-7-1, 12-1 in league with Ramos dropping to 9-4.

Ohlone continues conference play with home games on their Fremont campus today and Thursday, April 4th and 6th, next Tuesday and Thursday, April 11th and 13th and final home game Tuesday April 18th. All game times are at 3:00 p.m.

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