Ohlone Baseball off to a strong start

Ohlone Baseball off to a strong start

The Renegades (6-3) ranked third in the North by the CCCBCA, beat Contra Costa 7-2 on Feb. 5 and hammered Reedley 16-3 on Feb. 7, in a battle of playoff teams from last season.

This week, Ohlone dropped a cliffhanger to Laney 4-3 on Feb. 11 and beat Contra Costa 11-1 on Feb. 12.

Peter Van Loon, who is headed to UC Irvine, stole the show in the 7-2 win over Contra Costa. He allowed two hits and no earned runs and struck out 14 over 7.0 innings. A trio of relievers Tyler Stultz, Stas Kuntz and Zac Patterson nailed it down. Patterson also shined on offense with two hits, including a triple, and two runs scored. Third baseman Dalton Vanville had three RBIs. Matt Benavidez had a double and scored.

Ohlone brought the thunder against Reedley. Patterson was an absolute beast with a grand slam, double and six RBIs.Vanville did his part with a two-run double and a two-run home run. He was devastating from the leadoff spot, going 3 for 5 with five RBIs and three runs scored. Luke O'Brien also doubled and homered. Catcher Cody Nisbet and center fielder Max Heverly both had two hits. Nisbet drove in two runs and Heverly scored twice.  Starter Andrew Amato (2-0) scattered eight hits over 5.0 innings, striking out seven and walking one to collect the win. Four relievers combined to allow no runs, each with one inning of work: Nick Bouillerce, Anthony Wiley, Michael Bonaccorso and Ryan Robinson.

The Renegades also have a three-game swing at Porterville on Feb. 15-16.

— Photo of relief pitcher Nick Bouillerce by Donald Jedlovec