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April 17, 2012 > Ohlone ladies softball on pace for playoffs, Chabot season winding down

Ohlone ladies softball on pace for playoffs, Chabot season winding down

By Biff Jones, Photo by Mike Heightchew

Thursday, April 12, Ohlone College Renegades and Chabot College Gladiators faced off in the second meeting of the year between the two Coast Conference North (CCN) rivals. Ohlone won the first meeting, 10-0, at Chabot.

After winning nine straight CCN titles, Ohlone, under Head Coach Donna Runyon, will probably have to settle for second place this year which still qualifies the Renegades for one of two CCN automatic bids to the California Community College (CCC) post season tournament. This year's Ohlone squad is heavily dominated by sophomores while Chabot, under first year Head Coach, Megan Grace, is laden with mostly freshman.

Southpaw Katy Bihl with a record of 10-7 started the game for Ohlone while Alani Ferrer, coming in at 3-11, started on the rubber for the visitors.

Top of the first inning saw Chabot lead off hitter, Ferrer, reach on a base-on-balls. Second hitter for the Gladiators, first baseman Joline Long, laded down a sacrifice bunt attempt. When Ohlone tried to get the lead runner Ferrer at second base, Ferrer was safe on a fielder's choice putting two on with no outs. Next Chabot hitter, catcher Meghan Magallanes, loaded the bases on an Ohlone error. Bihl then got the next two hitters on a pop up and a fielder's choice force out at home. However, Gladiator shortstop, Vanessa Felex, then drove in the first runs of the game with a two run, two out single to put the visitors up 2-0.

Renegades answered in their half of the first inning when after two outs, third baseman Kaley Marden and first baseman Lauren Ermitano drew back-to-back walks. This was followed by second baseman, Sarah Ragusa, Ohlone's hottest hitter of late as she had added 100 points to her batting average over the past three weeks, delivering an RBI single to cut the lead to 2-1.

Score would remain the same until the bottom of the fourth when the hosts Bihl and catcher Shelby Fowler led off with back-to-back doubles to tie the score at 2-2.

After an out in the bottom of the fifth, Ohlone scored 3 runs on singles by center fielder Ashley Vignola and Marden, a three base Chabot error which put Ermitano on third with still only one out, and a sacrifice fly by Fowler for a 5-2 Renegade lead.

Bihl shut down Chabot in the sixth giving up one walk and Brittany Wright came on to pitch a perfect seventh while striking out two. Bihl allowed 2 runs and 3 hits with 2 walks while striking out 5 in her six innings of work. Ferrer gave up 5 runs with 8 hits and 3 walks in her six innings.

Ohlone is now 12-3 in CCN and 24-11 overall and need one win or a loss by CCN third place De Anza College of Cupertion to secure CCN second place and the automatic post season bid. Renegades played Mission College of Santa Clara on Monday, April 16 with results unknown at press time. They play at De Anza on the 19th and finish the regular season at first place College of San Mateo (14-1, 33-3) on Tuesday, 24th.

Chabot is now 3-12, 7-19 and play Foothill College of Los Altos Hills in their final game of the year April 24th at 3 p.m. on the Chabot Campus.

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