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February 20, 2008 > College softball rides a roller coaster

College softball rides a roller coaster

By Biff Jones and Idorenyin Uto-Uko

Last week, the Ohlone College Renegades played a home game against Coast Conference North (CCN) rival Mission of Santa Clara in a game that would not end. After retiring Mission in the top of the first inning, Ohlone put up 13 runs in the bottom of the first. Unless Mission were to make a dramatic comeback while keeping the Renegades from adding to their run total, then the game would be called after four and a half innings because of the "Mercy Rule" (if one team leads by eight or more runs after the trailing team has batted in the fifth or sixth inning, then the game is over).

Ohlone then proceeded to go scoreless in their half of the second as Mission turned the rare "triple play." However, the Renegades put up a six spot in the bottom of the third and would add three more runs in the fourth. There would have been more runs scored in the fourth if Ohlone had not intentionally had three different runners on third base leave early so they would be called out. Meanwhile, Ohlone starting pitcher, Kelly Colker, held Mission scoreless over the five innings while giving up two hits, a walk and striking out seven to make the final score 22-0.

Next up for Ohlone was CCN foe Chabot of Hayward on the campus of Cal State East Bay (CSUEB), because of field construction at Chabot this year. The two league rivals played a scoreless first inning before the Renegades opened it up with a four run second. Chabot answered with a run in their half of the second, and both teams would score a single run in the third. Ohlone added single runs in the fourth and fifth while the Gladiators matched them with two runs in their fifth. The sixth and seventh innings saw nothing but "goose eggs" from both teams to make the final score 7-4, Ohlone.

Ohlone sophomore first baseman, Cassandra Ortega, just back from injury and found herself being the Renegades version of Barry Bonds as she was walked intentionally three times.

For Chabot, according to head coach Chelsea Spencer, it is hard to win a game when you give up six unearned runs as the Gladiators did on this occasion. She said that offense wins games but defense wins championships. This year they brought in a whole new team and take each game one at a time and try not to look ahead.

On Saturday, Feb. 16, Ohlone traveled to Solano of Fairfield for a double header. In the game against the host team, the Renegade bats came alive as they scored nine runs. On the darker side of the game, Ohlone also found they were unable to catch the ball and lost the contest to Solano 11-9. The other game was against NorCal Power Siskiyous of Weed, which turned out to be at the other end of the spectrum. After allowing Siskiyous two runs in the first inning, Ohlone shut them down the rest of the way. However, the Renegades could only muster one run in this game and saw their record drop to 7-3 with the 2-1 defeat.

Next home game for Ohlone will not be until Tuesday, March 11, against Chabot. While Chabot will play a doubleheader on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. against San Joaquin Delta of Stockton, then a CCN game on Saturday, Feb. 23, at noon vs. Foothill of Los Altos Hills. Both the Delta and Foothill games will be at CSUEB.

Upcoming Softball Games:

Chabot vs. San Joaquin Delta of Stockton
Wednesday, Feb 20
1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Chabot vs. Foothill
Saturday, Feb 23

25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward
Cost: Free

Ohlone vs. Chabot
Tuesday, March 11
3 p.m.
Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 659-6000
Cost: Free

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