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March 25, 2009 > Renegades keep rolling

Renegades keep rolling

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photos By Joaquin Luna

Ohlone baseball hasn't gone through many struggles throughout its 2009 campaign on the diamond. However, going into last week's play, they were in a bit of a rut, losing two (March 7 to Cabrillo; March 10 to Skyline) and winning two (March 12 to Chabot; March 14 to Monterey Peninsula) just after reeling off 11 wins in a row.

On Tuesday, March 17, Ohlone traveled to Hartnell hoping to finish up an unbeaten three-game road trip. The Renegades got ahead early and never looked back. They won, going away, 14-4, to improve their record to 20-5 on the season; 7-2 in the Coast Conference, Pacific Division.

Following the 3-0 road trip, Ohlone returned home to get another swing at Monterey Peninsula on Thursday, March 19, who they had just beaten, 3-2, five days earlier.

Prior to the game, the Renegades had been informed they were the new #1 in the Northern California junior college rankings; #2 in the Pacific Northwest.

Like the game in Monterey, this game was close throughout. Ohlone, however, being the more talented team, top to bottom, found a way to pull out another victory, its fourth consecutive, and solidify its spot as the top team in the region, 7-5.

To conclude the week, San Francisco City College of the Golden Gate division of the Coast Conference traveled to Fremont to take on Ohlone on Saturday, March 21. Roberto Padilla pitched seven innings of two-hit ball to improve his record to 2-3 on the season for the Renegades. Padilla tallied six strikeouts while giving up two walks in the winning effort.

Second baseman Ryan Harmon (4-5, 2 RBI) and shortstop Will Bourgein (2-2, 3 RBI) stood out on offense for the now 22-5 Renegades; 9-2 in Coast Conference play.

In other Coast Conference play, Chabot was looking to make its way up the Golden Gate Division last week.

On Tuesday, March 17, Chabot hosted San Francisco City College and came up short, 10-7, dropping its record to 12-12 overall; 4-6 in Coast Conference play.

Hoping to rebound from their loss to SFCC on Tuesday, Chabot traveled to West Valley College who, despite their sub-.500 record, sport a near-.800 clip in conference play. The Gladiators of Chabot were not intimidated by West Valley's new winning ways. They stepped onto the diamond and shut down the offense, while scoring seven of their own, en route to a 7-3 victory.

Chabot had also been informed prior to their victory at West Valley that they had been ranked #15 in the Northern California rankings for the week of March 19-25.

Another road game - this time at Cabrillo College in Aptos on Saturday, March 21 - concluded the Gladiators' week on the diamond. Tyler Rogers pitched a stellar ballgame, going seven and a third innings deep, giving up one earned run on seven hits, while racking up 10 strikeouts. Nick Bartolone contributed two hits and scored twice as Chabot doubled up Cabrillo, 6-3.

With the win, the Gladiators improved to 14-12 on the year, 6-6 in conference. Chabot looks to keep with their winning ways this week with games at home on Thursday, March 26, against Mission College at 2 p.m.; Saturday, March 28, 2 p.m. at Golden Gate division front-runner San Jose City College; and Tuesday, March 31, at home against Gavilan at 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, Ohlone travels to Skyline College on March 26 for a 2 p.m. game; and home games against Ca–ada on March 28 and De Anza on March 31, both at 2 p.m.

Both Ohlone (at home versus Gavilan) and Chabot (at Monterey Peninsula) had games on Tuesday, March 24. Results were not available at press time. To find out what happened on these games, as well as an up-to-date look at high school, college and professional sports, log onto www.tricityvoice.com/sports.

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