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April 22, 2009 > Ohlone softball awaits seed; Chabot needs wins

Ohlone softball awaits seed; Chabot needs wins

By Biff Jones

Ohlone Renegades softball ended their season on an eight-game winning streak, going 3-0 last week in softball (Mission of Santa Clara, 12-1, on Tuesday, April 14; De Anza of Cupertino, 9-0, on April 16; and Chabot, 2-0, on April 18). They finished 16-1 in Coast Conference North (CCN) Division play, 35-9 overall.

In the Ohlone-Chabot game, starting and winning pitcher was sophomore Kelly Colker, to improve her record to 21-6 on the year. She gave up two hits and four walks while striking out eight. Leading hitters for the Renegades were Cat Sumner, with two singles and a run scored; Jamie Miller, with a single and a run scored; and Ashtyn Mullin, with an RBI single.

Taking the loss was Chabot sophomore starting pitcher Emily Cipolla, dropping her to 3-6. She gave up seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Leading hitter for the Gladiators was sophomore first baseman Rachael Kroneder, going 1-1 with two walks.

For the Chabot Gladiators, they defeated De Anza, 11-2, on April 14 before losing to Ohlone. They are now 10-5 in CCN, 17-24 overall, and had games at San Francisco City College on Monday, April 20, and a home game against College of San Mateo on Tuesday, April 21. Results of those games were not available at press time. Visit www.tricityvoice.com/sports to get results up-to-date.

For Chabot to make the 16-team Northern California Community College Regional playoffs, they needed to have won their last two regular season games which would give them second place in CCN and an automatic bid. A loss in either game would send San Mateo to the playoffs as the CCN second place team. San Mateo could still get one of four at-large bids with a loss.

Renegades Head Coach Donna Runyon will find out on Friday, April 24, who they will face in the first round, best two-out-of-three format. Game one will be on Saturday, May 2, and games two and three (if necessary), Sunday, May 3.

If Ohlone is among the top eight overall seeds, they will be the home team in the playoff. However, if the Lady Renegades win in the first round, they will hit the road for the second round of games the following weekend if all top seeds win out.

If the Gladiators do make the playoffs, Head Coach Chelsea Spencer will hope to not be given the sixteenth seed as that would mean a long bus ride to Weed, near the Oregon border, to play the probable number one seed, College of the Siskiyous, in the first round.

This year's state tournament, pitting the four remaining teams each from NorCal and SoCal, will be played May 14-17 in Salinas. Check next week's edition of the Tri-City Voice for the Nor Cal Regional pairings in the first round play.

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