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Chabot sports roundup, Apr 11


When Chabot baseball player Vince Volpatti graduated from Valley Christian High in Dublin in 2014, he didn’t think he would play baseball again.
Volpatti was headed to Southern Oregon University to play football as a strong safety/outside linebacker. But after a medical redshirt season, he decided to leave the university in the spring of 2015 and enrolled in Chabot last year.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Volpatti considered playing football for the Gladiators, but decided to take a different path last spring.
“I thought about it, and I said, ‘I have to let go of football,”’ he said.
After more than three years away from baseball, Volpatti made his return in 2016 fall ball. He was only a designated hitter his senior year in high school after suffering a torn labrum and torn biceps tendon in his throwing arm during football and had surgery.
But when he tested his arm on Southern Oregon’s football field in the spring of 2015, he threw a football 50 yards.
“I said ‘I could play baseball again,’” Volpatti said.
Volpatti worked hard both in the batting cage and in the infield during fall ball last year, and that work ethic has certainly paid off this season for the shortstop. Through April 8, Volpatti had a .371 average with seven home runs, 30 RBI, 30 runs scored, 46 hits and 13 stolen bases. His slugging percentage is .637.
“He’s had some quality at-bats,” Chabot Associate Head Coach Will Tavis said.
Understandably, it took Volpatti some time to get back in the groove last year.
“It was really, really hard,” he said. “It was way faster. Chabot’s competition was way better. I had not seen that kind of competition. I basically had to start from scratch. Being away from baseball made me appreciate the sport. When I’m out there now, I don’t take it for granted.”
Volpatti said his infield play has definitely improved, as well as his hitting.
 “I worked really hard to get where I’m at right now. I know I have a long way to go,” he said.
The Gladiators entered the week having won five of their last seven Coast Conference-Golden Gate Division games. Chabot started the season 2-5 overall before winning 16 of its next 24.
“Our intensity at the beginning of the season isn’t where it is right now,” Volpatti said. “The main key is to play together and string hits.”
-- Phil Jensen, special to Chabot athetics

Kathleen Perscheid pitched courageously and exceptionally for 11 innings, but the Gladiators took a tough 2-0 loss in extra innings to rival Ohlone in the Coast-North on April 8. Perscheid allowed five hits and no earned runs, striking out 10 and walking two.
Center fielder Amanda Coley was 2 for 5 with three more stolen bases. She entered the week ranked fourth in the state in stolen bases with 29. Chabot fell to 4-7 in conference play and 11-13 overall, and Ohlone improved to 26-4 and 9-2.
In other action last week, Chabot routed De Anza 12-4 and fell to Monterey 7-4.

Jesse Pawid and Dennis Cheung advanced to the doubles finals in the Coast Conference Tennis Championships this past weekend at Cabrillo -- a tournament which determines qualifiers for the CCCAA State Championships in Ojai.
Chabot had a solid group of state qualifiers, which also included Eli Gonzales and Dan Le (doubles); Pawid (singles); Diana Rodriguez (singles); Rodriguez and Brianna Wong (doubles); and Monique Tran and Sharon Cahill (doubles).
Also, the Chabot women’s team qualified for the Northern California Team Championships. No. 8 Chabot is hosting No. 1 De Anza this week.
In recent action, Chabot’s women fell to Canada 5-4. Highlights for the Gladiators included Tran defeating Jessey Berg, 6-4 6-3; Lora Oco beat Karyn Bechtel, 6-1, 6-1; and Eva Vu defeated Mary Nam, 6-4, 6-3.
The Chabot men beat Cabrillo, 6-3 as Eli Gonzales, Dan Le and Chazz Cruz took wins in straight sets.

Chabot had numerous swimmers with significant time drops in the “Last Chance Meet” this past week.
Sophomore Matt Jelonek took first in the 100 backstroke (56.93) and 200 back (2:11.03). Sophomore Choki Valle was second in the 100 breast (1:10.96). Freshman Shelby Averill was second in the 100 back (1:12.98), and sophomore Alyssa Dmoski was third in the 100 back (1:13.01).
Also, freshman Alan Zhou was third in the 400 IM (5:41.41).

The plot thickens in the spellbinding Coast Conference golf battle between Chabot and Modesto. In the latest chapter, Modesto topped the Gladiators 393-395 in the tournament at Old Del Monte in Monterey.
Zack McClure paced Chabot with a 75, followed by Anthony Gutierrez, 77, and Scott Morris, 79. Heetae Yang shot 80 and Tyler McDaniel rounded out the Chabot top five, at 84.
The result left Chabot and Modesto tied stop the standings, each at 90.
“It’s a dogfight, but we hope we prevail,” Chabot coach Zack Papachristos said.
The Gladiators and Modesto will meet again at Wente GC on April 17.
-- Matt Schwab


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