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February 22, 2011 > Lady Renegades move onto postseason

Lady Renegades move onto postseason

By Biff Jones

Ohlone College Lady Renegades basketball finished the regular season last week with two Coast Conference South wins defeating Hartnell College of Salinas on the road, 71-48, before returning home to beat San Jose City College, 59-39.Ohlone's victories gave them first place in CCS with an 11-1 record and 21-7 overall.

Next up for Ohlone will be a semifinal, single elimination game on Feb. 25 or Feb. 26 at home. Pairings for the tournament were determined on Monday, but not in time for press. The game will be in the North Regional of the California Community College Athletic Association women's basketball tournament.

Chabot College Gladiators ended their season last week on a sour note as they lost at home to San Jose City, 57-53, then forfeited their final game at Skyline College of San Bruno. Losses left Chabot at 3-7 in CC North and 13-14 overall.

Mother Nature played havoc with most of week two of the JC softball season. Ohlone's under head coach Donna Runyon will be trying to win her ninth consecutive CCN title.

Ohlone traveled to Fresno College for a double header on Feb. 12 and came away with a split. First game saw the Renegades defeat host Fresno 6-0 behind the four-hit pitching of sophomore ace Jessica Varady. All six runs came in the second inning as the offense was led by freshman first baseman Lauren Ermitano who went 3-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Freshman catcher Shelby Fowler was 2-4 including a double, two RBIs and a run.

Game 2 saw Ohlone suffer their first loss of the year, 4-0, to San Joaquin Delta College of Stockton, after winning their first three games. Not only were they shutout, but they were also no hit getting only three base runners on walks. Freshmen Katy Bihl and Ermitano yielded the four runs on six hits.

Same day Chabot traveled to Foothill College of Los Altos Hills to take on Cuesta College of San Luis Obispo in search of their first win of the season after four losses. Chabot jumped out to a 5-0 lead after four innings and never looked back as the Gladiators came away with a 5-2 victory behind the eight-hit pitching of freshman Rachel Martinez. Leading hitters for Chabot were Stephanie Vandenbusch (4-4, R). Amanda O'Conner (3-4, 2B, 3 RBIs) and Taylor Cruz (2-4, 2R).

Last Sunday, Feb. 20, in Visalia, Ohlone rode the shutout pitching of Varady for a 6-0 victory. Sophomore Candice Christiansen had a home run, single and two RBIs while Fowler doubled, singled and stole two bases. Both Ohlone and Chabot played make up games on Sunday and Monday with other scores unavailable at press time. For scores and schedules go to TCV Sports website,

Next up for Ohlone is CCN opener at Foothill on Tuesday, Feb. 22; home to City College of San Francisco on Feb. 24, and finishing the week with a doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 26, against Siskiyous College of Weed at 10 a.m. and Solano College of Fairfield at 2 p.m.

For Chabot, the Lady Gladiators are at San Francisco Feb. 22; home to Mission College of Santa Clara Feb. 24; and a doubleheader at home on Friday, Feb. 25 vs. College of the Redwoods of Eureka at 10 a.m. and American River College of Sacramento at 2 p.m.

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