April 26, 2011 > Ohlone streaking as season nears end
Ohlone streaking as season nears end
By Jeff Weisinger
In last year's postseason, the Renegades had to comeback in crucial situations, most notably in the 2010 Super Regional against rival Chabot and against the College of San Mateo in the State final. So to see the defending State champs coming back from the near dead to just a game behind Coast Conference Pacific leading Canada in the standings should not be a surprise, but more so somewhat expected.
The Renegades won their third straight game on Thursday, defeating Monterey Peninsula 4-0 behind the strong outing of sophomore George Asmus and his four-hit, 14 strikeout, complete game victory.
Asmus (3-1, 1.71) received a solid boost from an Ohlone lineup that ran through MPC starter Nick Hill for four runs (one earned) in seven innings.
The Renegades followed that shutout with a dominating 11-3 performance at Gavilan on Friday. Ryan Devencenzi took the mound for the Renegades, tossing a solid five innings where he allowed just two runs on five hits with a pair of strikeouts.
But Friday was all about the offense as the 11 runs scored by Ohlone was the most since March 29, where Ohlone manhandled the Rams 16-3 in Fremont.
Outfielder Ryan Tella went 3-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored on the day, including a leadoff triple to start the game and a two-RBI triple in the second inning as the Renegade lineup rocked the Rams pitching staff for seven runs in the first four innings.
Both victories come two days after the Renegades defeated Hartnell at home 4-0 behind a complete game effort by Alika Pruitt, who tossed a seven-hit, eight strikeout gem in Fremont on Tuesday.
With two games left in the regular season (Tuesday 4/26 at West Valley and Thurs 4/28 vs. Skyline), Ohlone controls their own destiny in the chase for the postseason. If they can win out their schedule, Ohlone College should defend their State title in May. However, as far as the season has gone, the Renegades have not surpassed the five wins in a row mark.
But Ohlone has one thing on their side. In their last four wins, Ohlone has outscored their opponents with a combined 24-4 with three of the four starters (Matt Fontaine, Alika Pruitt and George Asmus) throwing complete games.
Chabot 3, West Valley 5
Looking for a number one seed in the postseason, the Chabot Gladiators helped their chase for the top-spot in May after defeating the defending State runner up College of San Mateo Bulldogs 3-1 in San Mateo on Thursday. What they didn't need was a loss to West Valley on Friday.
Gladiators starter Brandon Plotz fought through all nine innings, allowing just one run on 11 hits with eight strikeouts in his seventh victory of the season.
However, he nearly took the loss midway through the game. Plotz allowed the Bulldogs to score the opening run in the fourth as Joe Goldenberg, who singled to lead off the inning, stole home with two outs.
The Gladiator lineup picked their pitcher right back up in the sixth inning, scoring a pair of runs on Scott Quinlan's two-run homer to center field as Chabot took the go-ahead 2-1 lead. The Glads added an insurance run in the eighth inning on Kyle Gallegos' RBI single to right, scoring Quinlan from third.
Plotz finished the job in the ninth inning when he got Michael Kathan to pop out to second base to end the game.
In Friday's game at West Valley, starter Mike Botelho could not hold onto the early 1-0 lead as the Vikings clawed back with two runs in the fourth inning and three in the fifth, sending Botelho off with five earned runs on eight hits in just 5 2/3 innings of work on the mound.
Chabot clawed back with a run in the fifth and eighth innings, however it wasn't enough as they couldn't get anything done against Vikes closer Brandon Willard who earned the save.