The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.
The College of San Mateo softball team still has seven games remaining in the regular season, but by virtue of its eight-inning, 12-9 win over rival Ohlone, the Bulldogs captured their fifth straight Coast Conference North title and the 10th conference title since 2000.
The Bulldogs (10-1 Coast Conference North, 29-3 overall), the top-ranked team in the state, got involved in a rare slugfest against the Renegades (7-4, 15-12-1). CSM jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings, scoring six runs in the second inning.
But Ohlone battled back, eventually tying the game at 8 in the bottom of the seventh.
The Bulldogs, however, pushed across four runs in the top of the eighth for a 12-8 lead.
Samantha Dean picked up the win for CSM, pitching 3 2/3 innings of relief. Harlee Donovan hit her Nor Cal-leading 12th home run of the season with a grand slam in the second inning.