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The Bulldogs scored early and often, while starting pitcher Emily McAdams was nearly unhittable as CSM roared out of the playoff gate with a 10-1, five-inning, mercy-rule victory.

The league-leading College of San Mateo softball and baseball teams extended their win streaks this week.

It was perhaps fitting that the 400th softball victory by College of San Mateo softball coach Nicole Borg and her staff — 6-4 over host Ohlone College — also gave the state top-ranked Lady Bulldogs a game and a half lead over the rival Renegades in the Coast North Conference.

Despite a bump in the road last season that cost the Bulldogs a sixth consecutive crown, they had a chance to return to the top of the Coast Conference with a win over the rival Renegades Tuesday in San Mateo. It wasn’t easy, but CSM recaptured the conference crown with a 9-6 win over Ohlone.

Nothing like dropping a non-league game against a top-10 opponent right in the heat of the conference race to keep a softball team on its toes.

With the second inning going south, the No. 1-ranked Lady Bulldogs (6-1 Coast North, 26-4 overall) were forced to turn to McAdams in relief Saturday at West Valley. Entering with the bases loaded and two outs, the freshman briefly faltered by walking Malia Pula to force home the tying run. From there, though, McAdams was flawless.

It was just two seasons ago that Nicole Borg earned her 300th win as head coach of College of San Mateo softball. The Lady Bulldogs have continued to win at such a prolific rate since then, the 12th-year coach has now reached No. 400.

This year, CSM was proud to induct 19 women and men, who have distinguished themselves either as CSM athletes or later in their careers, into the Sports Hall of Fame at a banquet held on February 9.

Regardless of what happens in Super Bowl LII, there’s a celebration awaiting Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots. The longtime slot receiver will be inducted into the College of San Mateo Hall of Fame on Feb. 9. Edelman is scheduled to attend the event as part of an 18-member class that also includes Giants broadcaster Jon Miller.

College of San Mateo is the only community college team in California to reach the state softball tournament in each of the past five seasons.