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February 4, 2009 > JuCo softball season underway

JuCo softball season underway

By Biff Jones

For Ohlone Renegades Head Coach Donna Runyon, her quest for a seventh straight Coast Conference North (CCN) title, while improving on her milestone 700 community college softball victories achieved last April, the 2009 season could not have started better.

The young Renegades, with only five returning players and six sophomores on the sixteen player squad, opened with three impressive home wins.

Coach Runyon had to replace the right side of the Ohlone infield and the entire outfield. Returning are last year's shortstop, Jamie Miller, third baseman, Kim Cawley, reserve first baseman, Brittany Lenz, and the top battery duo of pitcher, Kelly Colker, and catcher, Kat Sumner.

First up for the Renegades last Thursday, Jan. 29, was a home game against Diablo Valley College of Pleasant Hill. Colker took the hill and continued where she left off last year, as she allowed only two hits and one walk, while striking out four in a 5-2 complete-game victory. Sophomore Audrea Lopez was two for four with a triple and two runs scored; and freshman Shelby Tomasello also went two for four with an RBI and a run scored.

On Saturday, Jan. 31, Ohlone hosted Gavilan of Gilroy and Santa Rosa JC. In Game One against Gavilan, the Renegades, behind freshman pitcher Kendall Beermann, jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first inning. Beermann would give up one run and had seven strikeouts in six innings of work, as the eight run mercy rule (an eight run or more lead after five or six innings) was invoked with Ohlone ahead 9-1 after 6. Leading hitters were Miller, 2-3, Sumner, 2-4, and Lopez, 1-2.

The Renegades would have Colker back on the mound in their game versus Santa Rosa, and they would go only five innings, as they improved to 3-0 with an 8-0 win. Colker had six strikeouts in her five innings of shutout ball. Miller was 2-4 with two RBI's, and Sumner contributed a triple.

Next up for Ohlone is a home game versus Fresno City at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8, followed by a 2 p.m. bout with San Jaoquin Delta of Stockton.

For Head Coach Chelsea Spencer's Chabot Gladiators, opening day was not as successful, as they ran into a buzz saw in the name of Consumes River College of Sacramento on Saturday, Jan. 31, on the Hayward Campus.

In a doubleheader, the Gladiators were defeated twice with the mercy rule taking effect after five innings in both contests. Game One saw CRC win 13-1, followed by a 14-0 victory in the second contest.

For Chabot, they return home on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. versus Solano of Fairfield. They then hit the road and play Modesto on Saturday, Feb.7.

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