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March 10, 2010 > Weekend weather gives softballers chance to play

Weekend weather gives softballers chance to play

By Biff Jones
Photos By Don Jedlovec

For the second week in a row, Mother Nature wiped out Ohlone Renegade and Chabot Gladiator softball games. Ohlone's game at De Anza of Cupertino on Tuesday, March 2, and Chabot at Ohlone, scheduled for March 3 had to be rescheduled.

Over last weekend the weatherman cooperated as on Saturday, March 6, Ohlone hosted Cosumnes River and Merced. Meanwhile, the Gladiators hit the road and played two in Clovis on Sunday, March 7, against Victor Valley and Fresno City. Chabot lost 4-3 to Victory Valley and defeated Fresno City 7-4. Both games called after 6 innings.

Against Cosumnes, a team Ohlone defeated 2-0 earlier in the year, the Renegades jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after one inning. However, the visitors would score two in the third; one in the fourth; and two more in the fifth for a 5-2 lead. Ohlone would only be able to add a run in their half of the fifth as the team from the Capital would revenge the earlier defeat with a 5-3 victory.

Freshman Jessica Varady went the distance for the home side, giving up seven hits, one walk and striking out one. Four errors proved costly for the Renegades.

Hitting stars for Ohlone were sophomore shortstop Ashley Nahale, 2-3 and two RBIs; sophomore designated hitter Paulina Gentry, 2-3; and Varaday, a double and a run scored.

Game two against Merced saw sophomore Kendell Beermann toe the rubber for the hosts.

Renegades got a run in its half of the first. Merced went ahead with two in the top of the third and Ohlone would regain the lead scoring two in the bottom of the fourth.

Beermann would be relived by Varaday to start the sixth as the starter was on a pitch count (she had reached 60 after 5 innings) because she is still recovering from shoulder surgery. In her five innings of work, Beermann gave up five hits, two runs (1 earned), no walks and had six strikeouts.

Top of the seventh saw Merced put their first two runners on base via singles. After a Varaday strikeout and a wild pitch, the Merced leadoff hitter banged out her third double of the game to put Merced backup front 4-3.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Renegades had the top of the order coming to bat. First two batters went easily on ground ball outs putting Ohlone down to its last out. That is when the heart of the order would strike back as freshman right fielder Candice Christiansen, Nahale and sophomore third baseman Shelby Tomasello rapped out three consecutive singles to score the tying and winning runs, giving the home side a 5-4 victory.

Nahale went 3-4 with a run scored; freshman first baseman Jamilyn Cruz went 2-2 with an RBI and a run scored; Tomasello went 1-4 and 2 RBIs; Christiansen 2-4, a run scored; freshman catcher Stephanie Hatley a triple and a run scored; sophomore second baseman Julyssa Perry 1-3, a run scored and hit by a pitch; Varaday a double and an RBI; and Gentry a pinch-hit double.

Ohlone is now 7-4-1 overall and will host the16-team, 18th Annual March Madness Tournament this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 13-14, starting at 9 a.m. in Fremont's Central Park.

Prep softball
Area high school softball teams faced the same weather postponements earlier last week.

One game played was Moreau Catholic High School Mariners of the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) at American High School Eagles from the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL), on Thursday, March 4. The Mariners rode the pitching of junior Alyssa Castillo to a 2-0 victory. Castillo went the distance giving up two hits, no walks and striking out six. She also drew a walk and scored a run. Freshman catcher Leilani Akai went 3-3 including a double and an RBI while senior pinch hitter Julia Guerra delivered an RBI single.

In other games involving MVAL teams, Irvington High School won 4-0 at San Leandro High School and then was defeated by the same score, at home to Arroyo High School; Mission San Jose High School lost at home to California High School, 21-0, in a game shortened to five innings because of the eight-run mercy rule; and Washington High School lost at San Ramon Valley High School, 4-0.

Tennyson High School of the HAAL lost a 7-0 home decision to Las Lomas High School and Milpitas High School from the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) De Anza Division lost on the road to Leland High School, 8-0, in another five-inning game.

Bay Counties League (BCL) action saw California School for the Deaf destroy Athenian High School on the road, 21-0, in five innings.

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