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May 17, 2011 > Ohlone downed in Super Regional

Ohlone downed in Super Regional

By Biff Jones
Photos By submitted by Rick Morris

Ohlone College, under head coach Donna Runyon, with a record of 31-7-1, entered the California Community College (CCCAA) Nor Cal Super Regional softball playoffs as the No. 3 seed. Super Regionals consist of a pair of four-team, double-elimination tournaments held in Nor Cal and two more in So Cal. They took place from Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 15. Ohlone found itself in the Siskiyous bracket, pitted against No. 2 seed College of the Siskiyous, No. 6 Cosumnes River and No. 7 Feather River.

Siskiyous opened the tourney with a five-inning, 8-0 win over Feather River, shortened because of the mercy rule. Ohlone Renegades followed suit in defeating Cosumnes River 12-3, also in five innings. Ohlone led 12-1 entering the top of the fifth when Runyon decided to save Renegade pitching ace Jessica Varady for Saturday as her pitch count had reached 65. Lauren Ermitano was brought in to pitch the fifth and she allowed a two-run home run for the final score of 12-3.

On the second day -- Saturday, May 14 -- Feather River defeated Cosumnes River 10-2 in six innings to survive the elimination game. Meanwhile, in winners' bracket play between two familiar foes. Siskiyous had won the two earlier meetings against Ohlone, 5-4 in 8 innings at Ohlone and 9-2 in the March Madness final at Washington Park.

In this the third meeting between the two, it was all Siskiyous in five innings as they scored four runs in the top of the first then added two in the third, one in the fourth and two more in the fifth while shutting out the Renegades.

After the loss, the Renegades were relegated to an elimination game against Feather River. Ohlone found itself trailing 7-1 when the Lady Renegades came back to take an 8-7 lead. However, it was short lived as Feather River would go up again 10-8; Ohlone rebounded to come back and tie it at 10 to force extra innings.

When Coach Runyon decided Varady had run out of gas after pitching in her third game in two days and went to bring in a reliever, Varady told Coach she wanted to finish what she started. So Runyon let her finish. Feather River would score a run in the top of the eighth, ending Ohlone's season. Candice Christiansen homered for the Renegades in the loss.

"They left it all on the field today," said Runyan of her Renegades (32-9-1) squad. Varady ended her career 27-7. She will matriculate at San Jose State in the fall of 2011.

Siskiyous was able to stave off the pesky Feather River side on Sunday, winning the Super Regional and advancing on to the State Championship next weekend.

Women's Tennis
After finishing as Nor Cal runner-ups in both singles and doubles play May 5-7 in Fresno, Chabot College's Namrata Sher (singles and doubles) and Andrea Poljakovic (doubles) qualified for the CCCAA 16-team state women's singles and doubles tournaments last weekend, May 13-15 at the Sierra Sport and Racquet Club in Fresno.

In first round action, May 13, No. 2 seed Sher defeated No.7 Nicci Yvanovich of Santa Barbara City College, 6-2, 6-4. Doubles first round had No.2 Sher-Poljakovic beating No.7 Anna Walinowicz-Lianne Wheelock of Orange Coast College, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Later that day in quarterfinals action, the Chabot players' season came to an end as Sher lost to No.3 Katerina Mozolyuk of Santa Monica College, 1-6, 6-7 (5-7) and Sher-Poljakovic were beaten by No.3 Tina Vuong-Natalie Lorie from Irvine Valley College, 3-6, 4-6.

According to coach Rick Morris, "Namrata earned ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) All-American status, she will finish in the top 10 in singles in California's final rankings. She is already talking about next year, what we need to do to improve, and take home a state title.

"Andrea finished her second season at Chabot and is looking toward either UC Santa Cruz or Sonoma State to continue her education and collegiate tennis," added Morris. "Andrea has improved a great amount in her two years here, and I have enjoyed having the chance to see her grow as a student-athlete, and be her coach."

Track & Field
Nor Cal Finals held at Shasta College in Redding last Saturday, May 14, saw Chabot, under coach Ken Grace, qualify four athletes for the CCCAA state finals this Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, at American River College in Sacramento.

Women qualifying were Miya Cato in the hammer throw, fifth at Nor Cal and a personal record of 140-6 (third all time in women's hammer) and Christina Hadfield in the javelin throw, fifth at Nor Cal and a personal record of 119-9 (seventh all time at Chabot). Not qualifying for state was Tatjana Pitts in the discus, despite finishing eighth at Nor Cal with a personal record of 119-0.

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