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April 21, 2010 > Chabot, Ohlone baseball

Chabot, Ohlone baseball

By Gary van den Heuvel

Heading into the final two weeks of the season, both Chabot and Ohlone colleges are playoff contenders in their respective divisions, and continued to play that way last week.

Chabot's potent bats were out in force in the Gladiators' two wins. A six-run third inning against City College of San Francisco broke the game wide open and led to a 13-4 rout. Jake Whitney had a monster game with five RBIs (four of them coming on his third-inning grand slam), two runs scored and a double. Sean Barrie also homered (a two-run blast in the fifth), drove in three, scored twice had three other base hits to go along with his dinger.

The Gladiators continued their nasty habit of making opposing players chase baseballs around the yard with their 18-1 demolition of De Anza. Chabot made short work of De Anza with five runs in the second inning, followed by five more in the third and four in the seventh. Nick Bartolone continued to scorch the ball, going 4-5 (including two doubles) with two RBIs and two runs scored. Drew Helenihi also had four hits, three RBIs and he scored three runs. Johnny Petros homered in the sixth inning with one on.

Chabot's home matchup against San Mateo was a pivotal one, as Chabot entered the game in first place in the Coast Conference Gold division, leading second place San Mateo by two games. And the Gladiators continued to hit like they were playing slow-pitch softball - unfortunately, on this day, so did the Bulldogs, who came out of the gate with a five-run first inning. Chabot responded with three in the bottom of the first, and they tied the game in the second, but the game was long from over. It lasted over four hours and had 35 hits. San Mateo won this battle of attrition by a 16-12 score.

For the Gladiators, Nick Bartolone had two solo homers. Kyle Gallegos and Johnny Petros also homered.

The loss narrowed Chabot's lead over San Mateo to one game with six remaining, and one more showdown between the two teams. The Gladiators are currently 16-3 in the division, 24-6 overall.

Ohlone College had a successful week, beginning with an 8-3 win over West Valley College. Matt Fontane (4-2) was the winning pitcher for the Renegades, who scored four runs in the fourth inning and three in the fifth. Zach Johnson had two hits, including a fifth-inning homerun with a base runner aboard, two RBIs and scored twice. Michael Ussery's two hits were a double and a seventh-inning solo homer, and he drove in two runs.

The Renegades continued their winning streak with a 13-7 win over San Jose, and a 4-1 win over Cabrillo. Ohlone finished the week in second place in the Coast Conference Pacific division with a 14-5 conference record, 22-8 overall. The Renegades trail first place Ca–ada College by four games.

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