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March 19, 2008 > Chabot Softball collapses to Ohlone

Chabot Softball collapses to Ohlone

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

It was a different field, but the outcome was the same for the women's softball team at Chabot College in Hayward. Another league loss to opponent Ohlone College caused by team errors. "We did a lot better this time," said Chelsea Spenser, Chabot Head Softball Coach.

The last time the teams played was on Valentine's Day at Cal State Easy Bay. During the contest, Ohlone beat Chabot 7-4. In their previous contest, Chabot made six defensive errors. This time, the Lady Gladiators of Chabot had only four calculated errors, but their reduced error total still led to three of Ohlones' five runs on the day.

The game began with Chabot on the offensive hoping to get things rolling in the first inning with All-State performer Shampayne Clay, but, instead of hitting the ball she was hit by Ohlone pitcher #23. This Ohlone pitcher seemed to wreak havoc for most of the Chabot batters throughout the game. She would finish the contest with five strikeouts.

"We understand that we are a better team than what we played," stated Spenser. The Gladiators would show that they were a good team but every time they would stop Ohlone from making a score, they would either drop balls or miss easy opportunities for outs. Clay and fellow team captains, Deena Qualls and Natalie Malasavich would eventually connect with the ball and show their power hitting in the sixth inning. Malasavich hit a lightning pitch off of #23 Ohlone. Clay came up with a double RBI by scoring Malasvich, Chabot's only score of the day. Despite the 5-1 loss, Spenser said she remains optimistic, "Each time we play Ohlone we get better."

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