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March 22, 2011 > Skyline no match for defending State champs

Skyline no match for defending State champs

By Jeff Weisinger

It was just about over before it even began. The defending State champion Ohlone Renegades baseball team notched a much needed 7-2 win over the Skyline Trojans on Thursday, helping them bounce back to a .500 record at 9-9.

The win comes after a disappointing 5-3 loss at rival Chabot on Tuesday. The Renegades exploded out of the gates in the first over the Trojans who went down in order in the top of the inning.

Ryan Tella led off the first with a double and would score one batter later after an error by Skyline shortstop Justin Meier. Kainoa Crowell's solo homer after Mercer was caught stealing gave the Renegades a 2-0 lead with two out. The big blow came off of a Brandon Jossey three-RBI triple, giving Ohlone a commanding 5-0 lead after the first.

The Renegades struck again for one in the fifth inning and one more in the eighth off of an RBI single by Crowell scoring Sean Yoshikawa who doubled to lead off the fifth inning, giving Ohlone a 5-2 lead and an RBI single by Tella making the score 7-2.

Another standout was sophomore right-hander Alika Pruitt, who pitched a solid eight innings in his second start of the year, allowing just two runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Pruitt has been the second most effective pitcher for the Renegades posting a 2-2 record and a 1.93 ERA midway through the season. Ian Davis took over in a one-hit, one-strikeout ninth inning. The Renegades will host the Rams of the City College of San Francisco on Tuesday, March 22.

Chabot 5, Ohlone 3
The Chabot Gladiators reached a season high four-game win streak after Tuesday's win over the defending State Champion Ohlone Renegades, pushing them to an 11-6 record after sticking around the .500 mark for a majority of the first half of the season.

Glads starter Mike Botelho took the win going six and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on nine hits with five strikeouts and three walks.

Botelho received early run support against Ohlone as Chabot scored two runs off Ohlone ace Matt Fontaine in the bottom of the first. Brian Hamm, who doubled to start the inning, scored on a wild pitch, followed by a sacrifice RBI groundout by Jake Whitney with one out.

Chabot would strike again in the fourth when Craig Massoni successfully stole home to push Chabot's lead to 3-0, followed by delivering the knockout punch in the sixth when the Gladiators scored twice to push ahead to a 5-0 lead.

However, Ohlone tried to claw back in the seventh, scoring three runs, but the Renegades would strand the tying runs at first and third as Joel Thys grounded out to second base to end the inning and the rally. The sophomore righty Fontaine took the loss as Chabot rocked him for five runs on seven hits through five and a third innings.

Track: Chabot meet
Freshmen Brian Mickel and Wade Robinson, along with Derrick Fischer, took first and fourth respectively in the 100m dash in the Chabot home meet on Friday, March 18, in Hayward. Robinson and Fischer tied with a time of 11.73 in their individual heats. Mickel and Fischer were also part of the men's 4x100m relay team that lost to Diablo Valley College.

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