OHLONE BASEBALL BACK IN NORCAL FINAL FOUR
In a prodigious display, the Ohlone baseball team put up a pair of 18-spots in taking a best-of-three series over visiting Fresno City in the CCCAA Super Regionals last week to advance to the NorCal Final Four for the third straight year.
The Renegades (36-10), seeded fifth, walloped No. 6 Fresno 18-7 on Saturday after the teams split the first two games. Ohlone won the opener 18-6 and Fresno took Game 2, 6-2.
Red-hot Ohlone will travel to No. 4 Sacramento City (32-12) in the best-of-three Northern Section Finals on May 17-19. The winner will advance to the State Championship on May 25-27 at Fresno City.
In Saturday's clincher against Fresno, Brett Tressen and Dalton Vanhille were massive in the No. 2 and 3 spots. Tressen was 3 for 5 with a home run, two doubles, 3 RBIs and five runs scored. Vanhille was 4 for 5 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Rock-solid Luke O'Brien and Max Heverly both had two hits, including a double.
Michael Gallagher contributed two hits and four RBIs and Zach Patterson had two RBIs. Andrew Amato got the pitching win, his ninth of the season.
STATE STAT STARS: With 13 home runs, Patterson entered the week No. 2 in the state in Big Flies. He is also 13th in batting average (.398), third in slugging percentage (.733) and 11th in RBIs with 52. Vanhille is tied for fourth in RBIs with 54. Justin Clark is tied for ninth in the state in at-bats with 178 and is tied for 11th in hits with 65.
STRONG ARMS: The balanced Ohlone pitching staff has two throwers tied for 11th in the state in wins: Amato (9-3) and Tyler Stultz (9-1). Ryan Robinson (8-2) is also in the state top 20 in wins..
KNOW YOUR RIVAL: Sacramento City slugger Kevin Saenz has a team-high eight home runs. Daniel Walsh has 44 RBIs. Right-hander Ryan Costeiu and lefty Tanner Cunha have five pitching wins apiece.
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