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March 5, 2008 > Ohlone runs away with a 12-4 win over Canada College

Ohlone runs away with a 12-4 win over Canada College

By Biff Jones
Photos By courtesy of Head Coach Tom Kunis and Head Assistant Coach Jordan Twohig

Ohlone College Renegades' baseball team (6-8) defeated the Canada Colts of Redwood City (10-2) on Monday, Feb. 25, by the score of 12-4. Ohlone pitcher Joe Gardner (2-2) struck out six batters in six innings while only allowing one earned run on his way to winning his second decision of the season. Freshman Brian Klimenko took the loss for Canada.

David Luna led the way for the Renegades going 2-5 with a pair of home runs, one being a grand slam and both coming in the sixth inning, to lift the Ohlone offense. Luna finished the day with six RBI's. Sophomore outfielder Andrew Ham set the table for Ohlone all afternoon going 4-5 with four singles and an RBI. Matt Langseth, Braxton Miller, Michael Vandenbusch and Zach Townsend all had a two hit game and Justin Lunday was 1-4 with a double and an RBI. "Our Offense really took good approaches all day against their pitchers," said Head Coach Tom Kunis. "They swung in good counts and really battled when faced with two strikes."

Ohlone's defense, which had been off and on over the past few games, really came alive on Monday, Feb. 25. The Renegades turned two double plays and had some incredible diving catches to rob the Canada batters of base hits. "Our Team did a fantastic job of playing pitch-to-pitch baseball," explained Kunis. "It was a complete team effort, from the guys in the field, to the players in the dugout, to our coaching staff; everyone was on the same page." Ohlone finished the pre-season (6-8) with three rained out games still to be played at later dates.

The Renegades opened the start of Coast Conference South (CCS) play last Thursday, Feb. 28, at Gavilan College in Gilroy and came away with a 12-1 victory behind the pitching of sophomore right hander Shane Murchison (4-1).

Last Saturday, March 1, was the home conference opener against Hartnell of Salinas with sophomore right hander, Gardner, toeing the mound for the Renegades. Ohlone opened the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the first and added another in the third. Hartnell would answer with single runs in the third and fourth. Both Hartnell and Ohlone went scoreless in the fifth and sixth, which left the Renegades in front, 3-2, going into the top of the seventh. This is when Hartnell put the game away by scoring two runs in the seventh, one in the eighth and four more in their half of the ninth.

Meanwhile, Ohlone had the pitch count of Hartnell's starting pitcher over 120 pitches in the seventh inning and let him off the hook as they could not knock him out of the game until the eighth. The Hartnell relief corps then came on to shut out the Renegades the rest of the way. Ohlone's starting pitcher, Gardner, worked into the ninth inning, getting his pitch count up to around 100 before being relieved after eight and two-thirds innings of work, as he could not get that final out to go a full nine innings. It took two more Renegade pitchers to finally get the last out in the ninth inning uprising. The bottom of the ninth saw designated hitter and freshman back-up catcher Miller hit a one out double only to be stranded at second as Ohlone dropped its first conference game of the year, 9-4, and lowered its overall record to (7-9).

According to Coach Kunis, Ohone's predominately sophomore laden squad has some work to do if they hope to make post season play by finishing in the top two of the conference and ending the regular season with a winning conference and overall record.
The Renegades played a conference game on Tuesday, March 4, against backyard rival Chabot of Hayward, the team Kunis thinks is the one to beat in CCS. Results of the game were not known at press time.

Next up are CCS rivals, Mission of Santa Clara, Thursday, March 6, at 2 p.m. at Ohlone College, then away to San Jose City on Saturday, March 8, at Noon, and back home on Tuesday, March 11, at 2 p.m. against West Valley of Saratoga.

Come out and support the Renegades' student athletes.

Upcoming Renegades Games:

Ohlone vs. Mission of Santa Clara
Thursday, March 6
2 p.m.
Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 659-6000

Ohlone vs. San Jose City
Saturday, March 8
San Jose City
2100 Moorpark Ave., San Jose
(408) 298-2181

Ohlone vs. West Valley Saratoga
Tuesday, March 11
Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 659-6000

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