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March 17, 2010 > Ohlone off to hot conference start

Ohlone off to hot conference start

By Jeff Weisinger

For the second straight season, the no.-nine Ohlone College baseball team is off to a 5-1 conference start.

After a nightmarish eighth inning at Canada College in Redwood City on Tuesday, March 9, that saw the Renegade bullpen gave up the go-ahead three runs after leading 7-6 off of two wild pitches and three walks, Ohlone answered back with authority Thursday, March 11, at Mission College.

Starter Matt Fontaine allowed a leadoff homerun to Mission's Sergio Herrera to tie the game at one; Fontaine went on to sit down 18 of the next 20 batters with the only two batters in that streak reaching base after being hit by a pitch. Fontaine went on to pitch a solid eight and a third innings, allowing just two runs.

The Renegade bats fired back with a four-run sixth inning and a three run ninth inning for insurance.

Michael Ussery's RBI single and Michael Di Rocco's RBI triple highlighted Ohlone's four-run sixth that put the Renegades up 7-1.

Renegades ace-lefty Roberto Padilla (5-1, 2.36 ERA) took care of business against Cabrillo College on Saturday, March 13, pitching six and two-thirds, allowing one run on eight hits while striking out six.

With the game tied at one, the Renegades bats got hot in the later innings for the second-straight game, scoring seven runs on seven hits in the sixth inning, en route to an 11-5 win.

Chabot 9, West Valley 6
Chabot College baseball came back from consecutive by winning its second straight, defeating West Valley 9-6 in 12 innings on Thursday, March 11.

Centerfielder Drew Helenihi went 4-7 with two RBIs and starter Brandon Plotz pitched five and a third innings, allowing two runs on six hits with five strikeouts on the day.

The Gladiators and the Vikings tied the game three times, including, tying the game at five in the ninth and then at six in the 11th inning. But in the 12th, Chabot went to work, scoring three runs, highlighted by Nick Bartelone's two-RBI double.

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