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March 5, 2008 > Ohlone Softball finds the going gets tougher

Ohlone Softball finds the going gets tougher

By Biff Jones

Last Tuesday, Feb. 26, Ohlone defeated Coast Conference North (CCN) rival Foothill of Los Altos Hills, 25-0, in a game called after five innings because of the "Mercy Rule" (an eight run lead after five or six innings). The Renegades were led by sophomore Danielle Yee, who pitched all five innings giving up four hits and no walks. In addition, she went three for three at the plate including a home run, walked twice and drove in four runs while scoring two. Sophomore second baseman, Kassandra Winger, went two for three with a triple, double, walk, three RBI's and four runs scored.

Thursday, Feb. 28, Ohlone defeated another CCN team, De Anza of Cupertino, 10-0, in another five inning mercy rule game. Freshman Kelly Colker pitched the five innings, giving up only one hit and no walks. Hitting star was freshman shortstop Jamie Miller who went two for four with two RBI's, two runs scored and three stolen bases.

Saturday, March 1, saw the Renegades have to play six and a half innings when a previously unscheduled game was played at Ohlone against Merced. The locals won this game 7-2 behind the seven hit pitching of Yee, now 4-0. Miller again was the leading hitter going three for four, two RBI's, three runs scored and four more stolen bases. Freshman catcher, Kathryn Sumner contributed two hits and sophomore first baseman, Cassandra Ortega drove in two runs.

Sunday, March 2, another previously unscheduled game was played. This time against Nor Cal power Sacramento City College with the site being the College of San Mateo. Both teams tried to make things happen on the base paths when they could, as base runners did not come by easily. There were no walks in the game, only one hit batsman (by Ohlone) and ten total hits, six by Sac City and four by the Renegades.

In addition, both teams had runners tagged out at the plate on balls that never left the infield. Sophomore left fielder Danielle Cameron had two of Ohlone's hits while Miller and Ortega had the others. However, the Renegades were not able to string anything together and wound up with a "goose egg". On the other hand, Sacramento plated a run in the third and two more in the bottom of the sixth to come away with a 3-0 victory and improve its record to 15-1. Ohlone dropped to 11-4 with Colker taking the loss and lowering her record to 6-4 on the year.

Other scheduled games for the Renegades are an away, CCN league game on March 6, at Mission of Santa Clara and a non-conference road double-header on Saturday, March 8, at Diablo Valley of Pleasant Hill. Next Ohlone home games are Tuesday, March 11, at 3 p.m. against backyard and league foe Chabot of Hayward, then Thursday, March 13, at 3 p.m. vs. San Mateo.

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