I don't know about you, but I love the NFL draft. I always keep a copy from The Bee and bury it in my desk. I will look at it in a couple of years. Why? So I can truly figure out who had the best draft. Bottom line, it takes two plus years to really know how successful the players become. There is too much guessing by the pundits at ESPN. Only time will tell.
More than anything, I love seeing the families celebrating the selection of their sons. Truly it is the culmination of a dream. There is so much hard work shared by the whole family that makes it happen. At the moment of selection no doubt the parents remember all the hours spent getting their kid out of bed, driving them to practice, going to games with the travel teams and most importantly, providing love and encouragement. Every day ... and doing it again and again. I think it is a great moment when you see the genuine happiness and tears flowing from the families when their son reaches a hard won goal.
Congratulations to former Badger Jackson Glines and the Fresno City College Rams. The Rams (25-11) are in the NorCal Playoffs. It is where FCC usually is at the end of baseball season. It has been one of the best JC baseball programs in the state for many years. Glines, a freshman outfielder, is currently batting .355 with 21 RBI's and 13 stolen bases.
Congratulations also to Reedley College freshman pitcher and former Badger Joe Doering. Doering completed a solid year for the No. 11 ranked Tigers going 5-3 with a 3.34 ERA. Doering also had 25 strikeouts. While the Tigers (20-16) did not make state playoffs, it was still a good year considering they play in the tough Central Valley Conference.
The Badger baseball team is in the hunt for a title. This is a team that is very resilient.
The Badgers have lost two league games this season despite leading in the last inning. But after each loss, this team bounces back.
Coach John McMillen says "the NSL outside the TRAC, is one of the toughest leagues in our section." McMillen is right. Almost all the NSL teams, outside of Union and YHS have been ranked in D-IV and D-V by the Bee. If Yosemite can pull off a league title it will be a great accomplishment.
Senior Cory Skerce is having a strong year at the plate. Skerce is batting .321, No.` 2 on the team. Skerce leads the Badgers in runs-16, hits-17, RBI's-12, and triples-3. Soph. Tyler
Clayton continues a brilliant season. The Badger ace is 4-1 with a 1.48 ERA which is No. 16
in the Central Section. Possibly the most amazing stat for Clayton is walks allowed. Of 33 innings pitched, Clayton has allowed only 2 walks!
At Minarets, Soph. Conly Biglione is still tearing it up. Currently, Biglione is No. 10 in the Central Section with a .508 batting average. Biglione is getting better as the season progresses. Soph. Sam Reyes is batting .397 to give the Mustangs a great one-two punch at the plate.