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May 8, 2012 > Women's Softball: Ohlone diamond teams move on to Super Regionals

Women's Softball: Ohlone diamond teams move on to Super Regionals

By Biff Jones

Ohlone College Renegades and San Jose City College Jaguars hooked up in a best two out of three series this past weekend on the Ohlone Campus. It was a first round matchup in the 2012 California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) sixteen team Northern Regional fast pitch softball championships.

Ohlone entered the playoffs as the #6 seed in Nor Cal at 27-11 and the second place finisher in Coast Conference North while SJCC was the #11 seed at 26-14 and third place finisher in Coast Conference South. Renegades and Jaguars are led by veteran coaches and good friends, Donna Runyon of Ohlone and Debbie Huntze-Rooney of San Jose.

Freshman Brittany Wright at 7-2 got the start in game one for the Renegades and she was opposed by freshman Savannah Bernardo coming in at 8-6 for the Jaguars. Saturday's first game would go to the hosts as Wright held SJCC to just one hit, a bad hop single, while giving up two walks and hitting two batters. Bernardo gave up five hits, all singles, walked three and had one hit batsman. The only run of the game came on a leadoff single in the fifth by Ashley Vignola. She then stole second base, advanced to third on a fly ball out by Kaley Marden and came home on an RBI single from Lauren Ermitano for the 1-0 victory. Designated hitter, Katy Bihl went 2 for 3 on the day.

On Sunday, game two saw Bihl at 12-7 get the start for Coach Runyon while Coach Huntze-Rooney ran Bernardo out to start again as the Jaguars top starter, Taylor Henson at 12-4, was out with a broken leg. San Jose won the pregame coin flip and chose to be the home team.

Ohlone came out with their hitting shoes on; after an out, Vignola reached on her first of two hit by pitches for the day; Marden walked and Ermitano smacked a three-run home run, her eighth of the year. Not done yet, Sara Ragusa walked followed by three consecutive hits; singles by Shelby Fowler and Bihl and a two-run double from Renelle Traylor for 5-0 lead after half an inning.

Bihl shut down the bottom of the first; a three-run top of the second for the Renegades put them up 8-0. Jags would score three in the bottom of the second. However, Ohlone kept banging away as Traylor led off the third inning with a home run. Singles from Lauren Poffenbarger and Mirah Nisbet were followed by a Vignola sacrifice bunt. Marden then hit a 2 run double and scored on Ermitano's single who took second on the throw home. After an out, Ermitano scored on Fowler's double, her third hit in 3 innings, give the Renegades a commanding 13-3 lead after 2 1/2 innings.

The game was called 13-4 on the mercy rule after five innings of batting by the losers. This sent Ohlone to one of two Nor Cal Super Regionals this coming weekend at the College of San Mateo in a four team double elimination tournament.

On Friday, May 11, in Game 2, #6 Ohlone vs. #3 Sierra College of Rocklin at 4 p.m. Saturday 12th, Game 3 will be Friday's losers playing at 12 noon; Game 4, Friday's winners playing at 2 p.m.; and Game 5 will be Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser at 4 p.m. Sunday 13th, Game 6 will see Game 4 winner against Game 5 winner at 12 noon and if necessary, Game 7 at 2 p.m. if Game 5 winner beats Game 4 winner in Game 6.

Survivor moves on to the four team double elimination state championship tournament in Bakersfield, May 18-20 to face the other Nor Cal Super Regional and two Southern California Super Regional Champions.

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