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April 21, 2010 > Ohlone softball moving on to playoffs

Ohlone softball moving on to playoffs

By Biff Jones

Last Wednesday, April 14, Ohlone Renegades softball team played its second game of
the season against Coast Conference North (CCN) foe, De Anza of Cupertino. Both
games this year were postponed because of weather reasons and both games turned out to be nail biters.

Renegades got on the board first with a run in bottom of the first inning when shortstop Ashley Nahale led off with a single and promptly stole second base. After an out, freshman star pitcher, Jessica Varady doubled Nahale home. Ohlone added another run in their half of the second on a Candace Christiansen RBI single, plating Megan Ramirez.

De Anza would answer with a run in the top of the third inning and would take the lead, 3-2, with two runs in the fourth. Ohlone tied it in the bottom of the fourth on another Christiansen RBI single, again plating Ramirez.

After six scoreless frames, Ohlone finally took the win in the bottom of the ninth. Shelby Tomasello came up with the bases loaded, needing only a sacrifice fly to plate the winning run. Not only did Tomasello hit a ball far enough for a sac fly, but she hit a big fly over the left-field fence for a grand slam and a 7-3 victory for Ohlone.

On Thursday, April 15, Ohlone traveled up 880 for their second encounter with CCN
rival Chabot Gladiators. This game was all Ohlone as they would score single runs in the first, second and fourth innings before opening it up with a four-run fifth for a 7-0 lead off Chabot sophomore pitcher Shannon Merritt.

When Chabot was held scoreless in the bottom of the sixth, the game was called because of the eight-run mercy rule with the Renegades winning, 8-0. Meanwhile, Jessica Varady held Chabot scoreless on four hits.

Chabot played a double-dip on Friday, April 16, hosting and defeating both Santa Rosa, 4-2, and Diablo Valley, 5-2. Next and final game of the season for the Gladiators was Tuesday, April 20, at the College of San Mateo. Score was unavailable at press time.

On Saturday, April 17, the Renegades traveled to Fairfield for a double header against Solano.

In game one, Varady again took the mound. Ohlone would score two runs in the first and another in the second inning before Solano tied it with three in the third. Both teams would score single runs in their half of the fifth with the Renegades putting it away by scoring two in the sixth for a 6-4 win.

Varady gave up all four runs (3 earned) on 7 hits. She walked none and struck out six in her complete-game victory. She is now 25-6 on the year. Tomasello continued her hot hitting going 2-4 with a homerun, double and two RBIs.

Game 2 was started by Ohlone sophomore Kendall Beermann trying to get ready for the post season after off season shoulder surgery on her pitching arm. She lasted three innings, giving up three runs (two earned), three hits, two walks and struck out 2. Varady pitched the last four innings yielding a run in the fifth.

Meanwhile the Renegades were only able to score two runs in the third and one in the sixth as they fell 4-3 in the night cap. For Ohlone, Varady, as the designated hitter went 3-4 with a homerun, double, two RBIs and two runs.

Ohlone won its eighth straight CCN championship, going 14-2 and 27-9-1 overall to end the regular season. They now will await California Community College playoff seedings to be announced Friday, April 23. A best two-out-of-three, first-round playoff series begins Saturday, May 1, and goes into Sunday, May 2.

Log onto the TCV Sports website,, for scores not available at press time and the sights and seeds of the playoffs.

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