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May 13, 2009 > Ohlone wins, advances to Super Regional

Ohlone wins, advances to Super Regional

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photos By William Mancebo

After winning the Coast Conference outright for the first time since 1991, ranked number four in the nation, number two in the state and number one in the Northern California Regional Tournament, the Ohlone Renegades baseball team did not disappoint in their first-round playoff series in front of their home crowd, as they defeated the Chabot Gladiators, 2-0, in a best of three format.

Chabot advanced to play Ohlone by winning a single-elimination, play-in game against Shasta on Tuesday, May 5. Conor Coleman hit a walk-off double to propel the Gladiators past Shasta, 6-5 in 10 innings, and into the next round.

Game 1 of the series took place at Ohlone on Friday afternoon, May 8. David Luna spun a gem on the mound for the Renegades, going eight strong innings, allowing two runs on three hits, while striking out eight in earning his ninth win of the season.

On the offensive side of the ball, Zack Johnson gave the Renegades all they would need in the third inning, as he popped his seventh home run of the year, a two-run shot to break the 2-2 tie. In total, Johnson had six RBIs on the game, single-handedly leading the Renegades to victory.

Steven Ramos, Cody Foster and Jeff Johnson - the one, two and four hitters in the lineup, respectively - tallied one RBI apiece to round out the scoring for Ohlone.

Gladiators starting pitcher, southpaw David Singleton, allowed five runs in five innings, getting the loss, and dropping his record to 8-3 on the season.

In Game 2, with Chabot facing elimination, they came out strong. But in the end, the higher seed prevailed.

Ohlone, the number-one ranked team in the Northern California Regional Tournament for community colleges, eked out a nail-biter against the 16th-seeded Chabot Gladiators Saturday afternoon, May 9, 11-10 in 12 innings, to advance to the Super Regional next weekend.

Ohlone, who was acting as the road team on their home field for Game 2 of the best of three series, stepped to the plate entering the ninth inning down two runs, 10-8. With a runner on and one out, Jeff Johnson knocked his state-leading 19th homer, his second of the game, to tie the score and send it into extras.

In the 12th after a double play, Ryan Harmon singled home Braxton Miller from third to push Ohlone in front for good.

Ian Hoff pitched an easy 1-2-3 inning in the bottom half to secure the win for the Renegades. Hoff pitched seven and two-thirds innings out of the bullpen for the Renegades to get the win, his ninth on the campaign.

Ohlone with the sweep of Chabot, advances to the Northern California Super Regional next weekend which, as the top seed, they will host.

The Super Regional is a double-elimination format and will feature eight teams broken into two brackets - the Ohlone and Feather River regionals - taking place Friday, May 15, through Sunday, May 17. Ohlone Regional will open with #1 Ohlone vs. #15 San Jose; and #6 Diablo Valley vs. #7 Consumnes River. Feather River Regional will open with #3 Feather River vs. #12 Sierra; and #4 San Mateo vs. #9 Delta. Times have yet to be determined.

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