April 25, 2006 > Ohlone masters Chabot, moves on to regional play
Ohlone masters Chabot, moves on to regional play
by Biff Jones
Chabot and Ohlone Women's Softball teams played last Thursday for the third and final time this season on Chabot's Hayward campus. Ohlone came away with a sweep of the series. Chabot held Ohlone to one run in the first inning before the Ohlone bats got hot and exploded for a six run second inning. Included in the six run outburst were home runs by Elizabeth Wagner and Kristina Dasilva. The Renegades of Ohlone continued their offensive production as they scored in every inning through five before the game was called because of the mercy rule, with the Renegades leading Chabot's Gladiators 16-1. The mercy rule goes into effect whenever one team leads the other by eight runs or more after five or six innings.
Chabot was led by 3rd basemen Sarah Kaplan who had two of Chabot's three hits and scored the team's only run when pitcher Staci Byrand followed one of Kaplan's hits with a fourth inning double through the gap that went to the wall.
Besides the three hits by Chabot, Ohlone pitcher, Tiffany Chan, gave up just one walk and had three strikeouts. Leading hitters for the Renegades were Valerie Briones going four for five with two RBIs and two runs scored and Melissa Cross with two doubles, a triple, three RBIs and three runs scored. In addition to their home runs, Wagner added two hits and Dasilva one hit. Even the reserve players contributed as Ohlone coach Donna Runyon cleared the bench, allowing Ashley Gibbs to smack a two run single and Meredith Ang to add an RBI along with a scored run.
For Chabot the season will end today, the 25th with a 3:00 p.m. home game against league rival, San Francisco City College. For head coach Lindsay Gaylord, the future appears to be bright as the nucleus of the team will return for their sophomore season in 2006-2007.
The Renegades, on the other hand, play their final regular season game today at league rival College of San Mateo. They then must wait to see who, where and when will be their next game. Coach Runyon will attend a selection and seeding meeting this Friday, the 28th, to find out to which of the four postseason locations they will be sent, along with the three other teams that will join them in the double elimination tournament for Northern California junior colleges. Possible hosts for two of the regionals are league rival West Valley College of Saratoga and Sacramento City College. We will have the results of the selection process in next week's edition of the Tri-City Voice.