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Chabot sports report, April 4 edition



The Chabot baseball team showed Thursday why it is one of the top home-run hitting teams in the state.
In a 9-7 victory over visiting West Valley, the Gladiators pounded five home runs, including three consecutive blows in the eighth inning.
"The ball traveled today," said Chabot's Steven Nice, who slammed two home runs and was 4 for 4 with three RBI. "I tried to use the middle (of the field)."
The wind was blowing out to left-center field, and the Gladiators (16-12, 7-5 Coast Conference-Golden Gate Division) took advantage of that for its first three runs of the game. Nick Hermes led off the bottom of the second inning with a shot over the left-center field fence. Four batters late, Nice smashed a two-run shot in nearly the same location.
An RBI single by Francisco Pedraza gave Chabot a 4-0 lead in the third inning, but West Valley (7-20, 3-8) responded with seven runs in the next three innings to grab the game's momentum.
"We didn't have quality at-bats," said Chabot Associate Head Coach Will Tavis about his team's approach before the late innings. "We got out of our game plan."
In the eighth inning, however, everything came together offensively for Chabot.
Pedraza started the bottom of the eighth with a single, then Adam Hollar ripped a pitch off the left-field fence for a standup double. Justin Mitchell proceeded to slam a 3-2 pitch over the fence in deep center field to tie the score.
But that was just the start of Chabot's home runs that inning. On the very next pitch, Nice slugged a homer over the left field fence. Four pitches later, Hunter Harris slammed a solo home run for a 9-7 Chabot lead.
Chabot relief pitcher Marcus DuBois finished off the game by setting down the Vikings in order in the ninth.
Besides Nice, other Gladiators with multiple hits Thursday included Pedraza (2 for 4, run, RBI), Hollar (2 for 4, 2 runs) and Harris (2 for 3, run, RBI).
The victory marked Chabot’s fourth win in a row before Saturday’s 4-3 loss to West Valley to complete the two-game series. The Gladiators scored least six runs in each of the four wins. They have also won five of their past seven.
-- Phil Jensen

In a busy week of competition, the Chabot track team was divided three ways.
Ari Milton and Trevion Greene competed at the Stanford Invitational, as Milton ran a 25.30 time in the 200 meters and had a near-personal best of 38 feet, 6 inches in the triple jump. David Frisbie and Jordan Kirby both had personal bests in the men’s 1,500 meters at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, Frisbie in 4:00.0 and Kirby in 4:04.4. Greene also competed in the San Francisco meet 5k and just missed the state qualifying standard of 5:13.90 with a time of 15:14.10.
In Saturday’s Chabot meet, with had collegiate and high school competitions, Kirby led the charges with a state qualifying 800 of 1:54.74. Luke Busby had a huge 5K of 16:20 and Devin Lopez sizzled in the 400 (51.7)

The Gladiators (10-11, 3-5 Coast-North) dropped two close games last week, falling 7-6 to Hartnell and 5-3 to West Valley. Sophomore Amanda Coley continues to have a big season with a team bests in hits (30), batting average (.417), on base percentage (.481) and stolen bases (28). Chelsea Sligh paces the Gladiators in RBI (19) and doubles (11).

Chabot placed second in the 14-team Coast Conference Tournament at Stockton Country Club on Monday. Heetae Yang was the tournament co-medalist with a 69. Chabot is tied for the conference top spot with Modesto, with five tournaments remaining.
“We played with our ‘C Game’ and still managed a second place,” Chabot coach Zack Papachristos said.

 As an impressive six players broke 80, the Chabot men's golf team moved into first place in the Coast Conference with a victory in a tournament at Spring Creek Country Club in Ripon.
 Zack McClure paced the Gladiators' top five with a 70, followed by Heetae Yang, 71, Anthony Gutierrez, 74, Scott Morris, 75, and James Malone, 77. Tyler McDaniel fired a 79.
 Chabot had a 367 team score, besting runner-up Modesto by five shots and third San Jose by nine.
 Chabot, which will play in a Monterey tournament on April 10, leads the conference with an 82. Modesto falls to second at 80.

The Chabot men wrapped up the regular season with a 6-3 win over Cabrillo after back-to-back 9-0 losses to Foothill and American River last week. The Chabot women dropped back-to-back road contests to American River 7-2 and Canada 5-4, after an 8-1 win over Cabrillo.
-- Matt Schwab


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