April 10, 2007 > Lady Renegades gear up for stretch run
Lady Renegades gear up for stretch run
By Biff Jones
Ohlone women's softball team went on a tear after losing back-to-back games against conference rival San Mateo. They were knocked out in the quarterfinals of their March Madness Tournament, 6-1, in a non-conference game followed by a conference loss two days later at San Mateo.
Coast Conference North Division (CCND) leader Ohlone, then began a seven-game winning streak starting with a 3-2, nine inning victory over Diablo Valley of Pleasant Hills. The non-conference extra inning contest was followed by lopsided wins over Foothill of Los Altos Hills, 22-0 and 17-1; a 4-0 victory against Hartnell of Salinas; two more lopsided wins against Monterey Peninsula and Gavilan of Gilroy; then a hard fought 5-0 win against West Valley of Saratoga. The last six triumphs were all conference games. The Lady Renegades now stand at 29-7 overall (15-2 in league play).
Still to come for Ohlone are games at NorCal number four and CCSD leader San Jose City on Wednesday, April 24 (the last regular season game) and a home game against NorCal number six and CCND second place San Mateo, a team Ohlone has defeated only once in three tries, on Tuesday, April 17. However, the teams are 1-1 in games counting in conference play so this rubber game could be for the league title.
Ohlone's mission for the remainder of the season, besides winning as many games as possible, is to win the CCND title and be selected as a fourth seed or higher in the NorCal Section of the State Championship Tournament. To qualify for the post season, a team needs to be in the top sixteen in NorCal for which Ohlone is a lock. Being ranked eighth or higher would allow them to host a regional, and if they win most of their remaining games that should be achievable.
However, getting a top four seed, which would guarantee hosting two regionals if you win the first regional, appears to be a long shot unless they can run the table of the remaining regular season games.