Thursday May 17 2012
Wolverine teams claw their way to CCAA Final Fours
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
There will be lots of Sierra College crimson in Bakersfield this weekend. The powerful Sierra softball team and the upstart Wolverine baseball team will compete in their respective California Community College Athletic Association State Final Four tournaments beginning today at the Dean & Adah Gay Sports Complex at Bakersfield College. The Sierra softball team has faced elimination four times thus far in the playoffs and survived each time. The Wolverines won last weekend?s Northern California Super Regional in San Mateo, bouncing back from a loss to Ohlone with wins over College of the Sequioas and San Mateo, then two more over Ohlone on Sunday. Sierra is led by three All-Americans in Ashley Osier, Annette Merjano and Taylor McGregor. Osier, who leads the state with 22 home runs, was named the California Player of the Year. Coach Darci Brownell was the Big 8 Conference Coach of the Year. The Wolverines will take on two-time defending state champion Cypress to open the double-elimination tournament today. Sierra has never won a state title in softball. The Sierra baseball team took an unlikely path to its latest state tournament. The Wolverines knocked off NorCal powers Fresno City and Feather River to capture the Super Regional championship last weekend. They scored four runs in the 11th inning to beat Fresno in the title game. Brad Gerig?s homer keyed a 5-4 win over Fresno earlier in the tournament while Josh Eagle pitched the Wolverines past Feather River to open the tournament. Sierra (25-15-1) is led by all-Big 8 first team performers Jared Snow, Tim Lerner and Eagle. The Wolverines will be major underdogs again to open the state tournament. They take on Orange Coast College (36-5-1) ? the top ranked team in the nation ? at noon today. Coach Rob Willson?s Sierra squad won the state championship in 2008.