The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.
It looks like the softball gods, in collaboration with Mother Nature, are making College of San Mateo fans wait at least one more week.
Saturday’s highly anticipated showdown with Coast Conference rival Ohlone has been postponed for April 7 on the East Bay campus. CSM softball currently holds a 1.5 game lead on the Renegades in the North Division. Ohlone is a 13-time champion of the Coast Conference and has won the division outright since 2007 (and has a at least of share of it the last nine years).
“We’ve emphasized that every win is a huge win,” CSM head coach Nicole Borg told the Daily Journal last week. “We still have seven games to go and the girls understand that. There is no rest. We have eight games to play to the best of our ability to give us the best chance possible to place high for [the playoffs]. We want to set a standard for where we want to be in general at CSM.”
With the way the conference have played out the last couple of years and even with the Bulldogs playing some of the state’s best softball this season, they can’t afford any slip-ups – not against the competition they’ll face in the two games leading up to Saturday’s showdown.
First, CSM tangles with Hartnell, who handed Ohlone one of their conference losses this season. Hartnell is currently a half game behind San Jose City College in the Coast Conference South Division. The game is scheduled for 3 p.m. at CSM. Hartnell is an impressive 13-7 on the road this season, including a 4-1 mark in conference play. They’re hitting .345 as a team.
Following that game, De Anza College comes for a visit on Thursday. The Dons handed the Bulldogs their only conference loss this season, which came in late February. Since then, CSM has reeled off nine straight conference games and 13 overall – the longest winning streak in the Borg Era.
The Bulldogs went the entire month of March without a loss.