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March 12, 2008 > Ohlone men rebound after consecutive conference losses

Ohlone men rebound after consecutive conference losses

By Biff Jones and Jordan Twohig
Photos By Kory Hayden Photography

After winning its first Coast Conference South (CCS) league game, Ohlone's Baseball Team lost twice at home in conference play. Following the defeat to Hartnell of Salinas, the Renegades played CCS and backyard rival, Chabot of Hayward on Tuesday, March 4, on the Fremont Campus.

Ohlone opened the scoring in the first inning when lead-off hitter, Zach Townsend, drew a walk and promptly stole second. Following an out, second baseman Matt Langseth delivered an RBI single as Ohlone took a 1-0 lead. Chabot would answer with single runs in the third, fourth and fifth to take a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth. Lead-off hitter, Zack Cadet scored two of the runs off a single and a double before Ohlone would re-take the lead, 4-3, by scoring once in the fifth and twice in their half of the sixth.

That would be the end of the scoring for the Renegades as Chabot starting pitcher, right hander John Anderson, was relieved after five and a third innings of work by right handed sophomore, Ryan Zimmerman. After hitting the first batter he faced Zimmerman, who retired the next eight batters in a row, six by strike-out. Finally in the ninth, Ohlone pitch hitter Aaron Plimmer broke the string of outs by leading off with a base-on-balls.

This was followed by two more Zimmerman strike-outs before the Renegades put two more runners on to load the bases with two outs when pinch hitters LA Idakoji and Andrew Ham singled and walked, respectively. Zimmerman then struck out the last Ohlone batter to end the ball game. He struck out nine in three and two-thirds innings of pitching while giving up just one hit, a walk and a hit batsman. Meanwhile, Chabot scored two runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth to come away with an 8-4 CCS victory.

Ohlone rebounded with a 9-3 non-conference win over Mission of Santa Clara last Thursday, March 6. Ham's three hits led the Renegades while pitcher Shane Murchison, with a record of five wins and zero losses (5-0), continued his winning ways by allowing only three hits in six innings against Mission. The win snapped a two game losing streak for the Renegades and improved Ohlone's overall record to eight wins and ten losses (8-10). The Renegade win evened the series with the two ball clubs at 1-1 on the year.

Ohlone out hit Mission 16-5 with Ham getting three hits in four at-bats (3-4) for the game. At this time Ham was hitting .344 for the season and had eleven hits in his last twenty at-bats. Ohlone also received big hits from Townsend and David Luna who both went 2-4 with two RBI's. Lead-off hitter, Michael Vandenbusch, set the table for Ohlone going 2-5 on the afternoon with a walk and his team-leading thirteenth stolen base of the season. Ohlone got off to a big start in the bottom of the first inning when all nine of Ohlone's hitters reached safely. Luna's double scored two runs, and the Renegades pushed across seven runs before the first out in the bottom of the first was recorded. "Our offense really came to play today," said Renegades Head Coach Tom Kunis. "They have been working extremely hard in practice and did a good job carrying that over into the game this afternoon

The bottom of the second looked to begin the same as the first as Matt Langseth led the inning off with a solo home run over the right field wall for his third home run of the season. However, that was all Ohlone would score until the seventh inning. In the seventh with two outs, pitch hitter Idakoji, hit a line drive to the centerfield wall for a standup double, his second pinch hit in as many games. Ham followed that with a single up the middle advancing pitch runner Kevin Sherer to third base.

Sophomore Townsend battled off a low breaking ball with two strikes and legged out an infield single. He would later score to increase the lead to 9-3. That was all the scoring Ohlone would need as the bullpen shut down the Mission bats the rest of the game. Luna came into the game and struck out three batters in two innings of work, and closer, Kurtis Sherer, pitched the top of the ninth to preserve the win. "Shane threw well today, he had good command of his pitches," said Kunis. "I was also very proud of Luna and Sherer for coming into the game and shutting the door. Our pitchers have been putting a lot of time into our execution, and that was a nice outing from our bullpen today."

Ohlone stayed on the winning side last Saturday, March 8, as they traveled to San Jose City College and posted a 15-12 victory. Then, on Tuesday, March 11, Ohlone hosted West Valley of Saratoga. Results of the West Valley game were unavailable at press time.

Ohlone will travel to Canada of Redwood City on Thursday, March 13, then to Monterey Peninsula, Saturday, March 15, before returning home for the Ohlone Spring Invite. They will host Taft on Monday, March 17 and Reedley on Tuesday, March 18. Both games will be 2 p.m. and start on the Ohlone Campus. Come out and enjoy some spring baseball. Admission is free.

Taft at Ohlone
Monday, March 17
2 p.m.

Reedley at Ohlone
Tuesday, March 18
2 p.m.

Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 659-6000

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