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April 27, 2010 > Ohlone heads to post season, Chabot heads home

Ohlone heads to post season, Chabot heads home

By Biff Jones

Ohlone Renegades softball won its eighth straight Coast Conference North championship and another trip to the California Community College playoffs.

Ohlone will host Feather River of Quincy on Saturday and Sunday, May 1-2, in a best two-out-of-three Nor Cal Round 1 regional. Game times are 2 p.m. for Saturday; noon on Sunday (2 p.m. if necessary). Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and seniors 60 and over. Parking is $2 on Saturday (have two $1 bills available for the machine) and free on Sunday. Concessions will also be available to purchase.

Sixteen teams were selected to participate in both the Nor Cal and So Cal regionals with the top two teams from each of the six Nor Cal and So Cal conferences getting automatic bids. The other four teams from each regional were selected as at-large teams. Each winner of the eight regionals will meet the following weekend, May 8-9, in four, Round 2 regionals in both the north and south. The four highest remaining seeds will be the hosts. Eight team (four north, four south) double elimination state championship will be May 14-17 in Bakersfield.

Chabot Gladiators' softball team of coach Chelsea Spencer ended their season on a losing note Tuesday, April 20, when they traveled to the College of San Mateo (CSM) and lost, 6-0, to the Coast Conference North (CCN) second-place team.

Freshman Cheyanne Bennitt started for the visitors and lasted three innings, giving up five runs (two earned) on six hits while sophomore Shannon Merritt pitched the final four innings, yielding a run on five hits.

Bennitt took the loss dropping her to 3-8 on the year while Merritt went 11-10 for the season. Chabot was only able to scratch out three hits - singles by Martina Villasenor, Taylor Cruz and Desiree Ramos - off San Mateo pitching.

It was an up-and-down year for the Gladiators as they would rise up and defeat a good team one day then fall to a lesser opponent the next time out. First meeting between Chabot and CSM saw Chabot fall behind 9-0 after half an inning then come back to win the game 15-13. It was that kind of year.

Last year the Gladiators missed out on the post season when they finished third in CCN, one game behind CSM, so this year they hoped to turn the corner, but it just was not to be. They finished fourth in CCN at 7-9 and 16-23-1 overall.

Next year appears to be looking bright for Coach Spencer's charges as they lose only four sophomores to graduation: Merritt, infielder Raquel Savoy and outfielders Ramos and Jasmeen Rodrigues. Pitchers Bennitt and Jennica Bull return, and Spencer already has a commitment from a pitcher in Livermore to play for the Gladiators next season.

Named to the all CCN teams and local high schools attended were from Ohlone: Freshman Jessica Varady, Pitcher of the Year; Donna Runyon, Coach of the Year; first team, sophomores, outfielder Mariah Jones (Newark Memorial), infielder Ashley Nahale (John F. Kennedy), infielder Shelby Tomasello and freshman catcher Stephanie Hatley; second team, sophomores, catcher Antonia Gentry (Washington), infielder Paulina Gentry (Washington), outfielder Ashtyn Mullen (Newark), and freshmen outfielder Canadice Christiansen and infielder Megan Ramirez. From Chabot: first team, Savoy (JFK) and freshman catcher Stephanie Vandenbusch (American); second team, Merritt (Tennyson) and freshman infielder Cruz.

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