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WEEKLY ATHLETICS RECAP

Chabot sports roundup, March 7

YOUNG CHABOT BASEBALL TEAM HITTING ITS STRIDE
The Chabot baseball team will open Coast Conference-Golden Gate Division play this week in a positive frame of mine, after notching five wins in its previous six games and seven victories in its past nine.
The young Gladiators (9-7), who have a majority of freshmen on their roster, have shown potential on offense, defense and pitching this young season.
In a 2-1 victory over Hartnell on March 4, sophomore third baseman Steven Nice was 4 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI, and sophomore right-hander Levi Noddin pitched nine innings of two-hit ball in the 12-inning victory. Both Noddin and Nice were named to all-Coast Golden Gate teams last season (Noddin second team, Nice honorable mention).
Also, Chabot had scored 39 runs total in its previous five games before the March 4 victory.
“We are executing the things we prepare for in practice,” Associate Head Coach Will Tavis said. “We are very young, and they have had to learn how to mature as athletes.”
But Chabot, which was sophomore-heavy last year, isn’t in a rebuilding phase, Tavis said.
“We don’t believe in rebuilding, We believe in reloading,” he said. “It’s not uncommon for us to have first-year players playing.”
Vince Volpatti, a freshman shortstop, primarily bats leadoff and provides quickness at the top of the lineup. Volpatti is hitting .419 with a .471 on base percentage entering the March 7 conference opener.
“He’s very athletic, he gets on base,” Tavis said.  “He has quality speed … he can drive the ball.”
Chabot does not have a set lineup.
“It’s not the same lineup every single day,” Tavis said. “We give people opportunities to perform.”
Hunter Harris, another freshman, has done “a quality job behind the plate,” Tavis said. He also said that Noddin “has given us an opportunity to win every time out” and freshman right-handed pitcher Marcus DuBois “has done a good job filling up the strike zone.”
Entering the March 7 game, Noddin is 2-0 with 20 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings pitched and has a 1.01 earned run average. DuBois is 1-0 with a 1.15 ERA.
“I think we’ve improved defensively,” Tavis said. The runs allowed stat helps bear that out. In its first seven games, Chabot allowed a total of 35 runs. In its past nine games, the Gladiators have allowed only 29 runs.
Last year, the Gladiators were second in the Coast-Golden Gate with a 13-7 record (27-15 overall mark) and advanced to the CCCAA Northern California Sectionals.
Chabot does not have complicated season goals this year.
“Our goal is to simply win the day,” Tavis said.
n       Phil Jensen, special to Chabot athletics

SOFTBALL
The Gladiators walloped struggling De Anza 12-0 in five innings to improve to 4-6 overall and 1-1 in the Coast. Chabot will host Shasta in a doubleheader on Tuesday, beginning at noon, and will return to conference play at Foothill on Thursday.
Shortstop Desiree Gonzalez highlighted the blowout victory with a double, triple and three RBIs. Center fielder Amanda Coley and winning pitcher Kathleen Perscheid both had two RBIs. De Anza fell to 1-13-1 overall and 0-2 in conference.

TENNIS
Chabot’s women’s team (3-3, 2-2) had a strong effort in a 9-0 win over Cabrillo. The Chabot men (2-4, 1-2) bested Santa Rosa 5-4 and fell to Foothill 9-0.
Against Cabrillo, the Chabot women got impressive straight-set wins from Diana Rodriguez and Monique Tran. In a 6-3 loss to Foothill, Chabot's singles winners were Sharon Cahill and Eva Vu, who won a marathon-like struggle 4-6, 7-6 (11-9).
 A gamer, Vu won another tough battle against De Anza, 3-6, 7-5 (10-6).
 In men's action, Jesse Pawid and Chazz Cruz had singles wins against Santa Rosa, and Pawid and Eli Gonzalez prevailed in doubles.
 Pawid has been on a roll, also collecting victories against De Anza and Mission in recent play. Gonzalez also notched wins against same two teams. Dennis Cheung and Donald Saik also took a singles win against Mission.

GOLF
With 34 points in the Coast Conference, a highly skilled Chabot men's team trails first-place Modesto by four points with eight tournaments to go.
Knowing how good the Gladiators can be, coach Zack Papachristos has been disappointed with the team’s results of late. Chabot just finished second in a tournament hosted by Monterey at Old Del Monte. The Gladiators have seemingly been snake-bitten, losing three tournaments by a combined six strokes.
Even still, Anthony Gutierrez, averaging a 73 score, leads the conference individually. He shot a medalist score of 66 at the Stanford Tournament, when the Gladiators shot a record 353.
Chabot will look to regain its form in a tourney at Ruby Hill on Monday.

 TRACK AND FIELD
The Gladiators left the American River Beaver Relays with three winners, two state leaders and a lot of personal bests. State triple jump leader Ari Milton of Washington High is now on the Chabot top 10 list in five different events.
David Frisbie broke the elusive 15 minute barrier in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14 minutes, 57 seconds, which is No. 1 in the state. Jordan Kirby (Newark Memorial) also won the 800 meters with a time of 1:58.02. Dylan Zollinger placed third in the pole vault, clearing 12-9.
The Gladiators will be at the De Anza Invitational on Friday.

-- Matt Schwab


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