Yosemite baseball should have been in play-offs

My Mountain View

Gregg DodderidgeMay 30, 2012 

The Yosemite High Badgers finished the season at 9-13 overall and 4-6 in the North Sequoia League. The Badgers played a tough overall schedule and included five rainouts. Losses came against D-III Central Section playoff finalists Garces and Fresno High, both by a 3-1 score. Another two losses were to D-IV champion Kerman, 4-3 and 7-5. YHS defeated D-VI section champ Mendota.

The North Sequoia League was also brutal. YHS split games with Liberty and Chowchilla. The Hawks and Redskins both won playoff games in the D-IV playoffs.

YHS beat Sierra twice, another D-IV playoff team. The Badgers were in all NSL games losing four times while leading after six innings. The NSL could have been very different had YHS been able to close out games. This was done despite an earlier season ending injury to Alex Burgeno.

Bottom line ... I believe Yosemite should have been a playoff team. The above résumé is enough. There were three teams in the D-III playoffs with non-winning records, a prerequisite determined from YHS administration to allow the Badgers to participate in the play-offs.

That is normally understandable except this was not a normal year. Schedules were adjusted due to the early season rainouts, forcing YHS to play three games per week for three straight weeks.

With a pitcher like Tyler Clayton anything could have happened in playoffs. Maybe I haven't sold this one well, but it is just My Mountain View.

City/County All Stars

Unfortunately no Badgers will be able to participate in the 2012 City/County All-Star baseball game due to the June 1 date conflict with YHS graduation. No doubt seniors Harley Glines and Cory Skerce would have had invites. Bad timing. Some consolation, both Harley and Cory will play for the Fresno Cardinals of the Pacific West Baseball League this summer. This is high quality baseball that will definitely prep both for their future collegiate careers.

The NSL participants in the City/County All Star game are county coach Kevin Patrick of Kerman and the following players: Pitcher Carlos Aveliz (Chowchilla); pitcher Hector Larranga (Chowchilla); infielder Garrett Olsen (Liberty); catcher Wyatt Gorman, (Liberty); catcher Jake Dunn (Sierra); infielder Mario Garza (Kerman); outfielder Cory Kerber (Kerman) and first baseman Danny Lopez (Kerman).

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