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May 21, 2008 > Renegades leave too many on base

Renegades leave too many on base

By Biff Jones
Photos By Don Jedlovic

On Saturday and Sunday, May 10-11, Ohlone College Renegades Softball Team of Fremont traveled to Redding to take on Shasta College in a best two out of three format in a NorCal Regional. The winner would advance to the eight team double elimination state tournament in Riverside next week-end, May 16-18. Shasta was the number four seed in NorCal and Ohlone the number five seed out of the eight remaining NorCal teams.

Game one on Saturday saw Ohlone at its best on the defensive side of the field. The Renegades starting pitcher and workhorse of the pitching staff, freshman Kelly Colker, gave up a hit to Shasta's lead-off hitter in the bottom of the first. That was about all the Shasta offensive could muster as Colker only allowed two more base runners the rest of the way on a hit batsman and an Ohlone error. Shasta would only get on runner as far as third base once during the game. Meanwhile, the Renegades would get all the run support they would need when sophomore first baseman, Cassandra Ortrega, smacked a solo home run over the left-center field fence in the fourth inning. That was enough to propel Ohlone to a 1-0 game one victory and put them in the driver's seat as the Renegades needed to win only one out of two games on Sunday to qualify for the state tournament.

What a difference a day makes as on Sunday, Colker and relief pitcher, freshman Sarah Lawrence, who had been brilliant recently after coming back from an early season broken foot, were not on top of their game. The two of them gave up five runs (three earned) and twelve hits in the first Sunday game (game two), to go along with two Ohlone errors, and six more runs in
the Sunday night-cap (game three of the regional).

Normally giving up five or six runs a game would not be enough to defeat the Renegades as they averaged over seven runs a game during the regular season. However, that was against all opposition and not one of the top teams in the state with superior pitching compared to the combined pitching of good, average and weak opponents. On this day it was enough as Ohlone managed to leave twenty-four base runners (LOB) on the bags (twelve in each game) to offset the eighteen hits (nine each game) the Renegades banged out in the double-header. When you do not score with the bases loaded or runners on second and third with less than two outs, it usually comes back to "bite you". This is what happened to end the season for the ladies from Ohlone as they went down to defeat on this Mother's Day Sunday by scores of 5-3 and 6-2.

Great season ladies, just a little bit short.

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