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April 8, 2009 > Local JC softball teams lose critical games

Local JC softball teams lose critical games

By Biff Jones

For Ohlone and Chabot softball, they each lost important games last week that could affect their post season.

Chabot dropped a 10-4 decision on Tuesday, March 31, to Coast Conference-South Division (CCS) opponent, Cabrillo of Aptos, one of the games they needed to win to fend off College of San Mateo in their battle for second place in Coast Conference-North Division (CCN) play. Top two teams in each conference automatically qualify for the Nor Cal Regional Community College playoffs.

Meanwhile, Ohlone has all but locked up CCN first place. However, their positioning in the postseason took a hit when they dropped a 3-2 decision to CCS first place, San Jose City, on the March 31. Ohlone needed that win to have a chance to be one of the top four seeded teams in the postseason to guarantee home field advantage in both the first and second rounds of the Nor Cal Playoffs. Both rounds are a best two out of three. The Renegades are now fighting to be one of the top eight seeded teams to host a first round playoff game.

In the game against SJC, the Jaguars scored all the runs they needed in the second inning. They led off the second with a double, and when SJC attempted to advance the runner to third with a sacrifice bunt, Ohlone chose to throw to third and the runner was safe, putting runners on the corners with no outs. This was followed by a walk (one of five given up by the Renegades ace pitcher Kelly Colker) but the only one that scored. That was the one that counted as the next batter cleared the bases with a no out double to give the Jags a 3-0 lead. Ohlone would answer in the top of the sixth when with one out, sophomore second baseman, Kim Cawley, singled and was followed by freshman right fielder Ashley Nahale's home run over the left-center field fence for the final 3-2 score.

Ohlone then defeated Diablo Valley of Pleasant Hill in a nonconference road double header, 4-1 and 10-3 on Thursday, April 2. This was followed by a tough road conference win over San Mateo, 4-1, on Saturday, April 4. Colker got the win to improve to 18-6 and 24th complete game out of 27 appearances for the year. Hitting stars for the Renegades were sophomore catcher Kat Sumner (2 walks, a double and 2 RBIs) and sophomore shortstop Jamie Miller had two singles.

After a home game on Tuesday, April 7, against conference rival, Foothill of Los Altos Hills, in which the score was not available at press time, next home game for Ohlone is Thursday, April 9, at 3 p.m. versus conference foe, City College of San Francisco. The Renegades then hit the road until their final regular season home game on Saturday, April 18, at 1 p.m. with rival Chabot.

Meanwhile, Chabot only has one home game left and it is against the team they are battling for conference second place honors, San Mateo, on Tuesday, April 21, at 3 p.m.

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