Yosemite alumni gather for baseball game

Gregg DodderidgeFebruary 7, 2013 

Yosemite High School pitching coach, Jason Martina, YHS class of 1999, showed he still has a strong arm as he took the mound in the 9th Annual YHS Baseball Alumni Game and preceeded to strike-out eight consecutive "Young Gun" alumni. Martina's "Old Timers" team went on to win the game 3-0.

Martina, who played a year at the University of San Franciscon and a year at Fresno City College, shut down the Young Guns for the first three innings of the game. It was a well-played game with some solid defense, including three double-plays.

In the bottom of the 5th, Bobby Denson got things started for the Old Timers with a single. Ryan Olson then walked, followered by Cody Goodwin who singled, scoring Denson. With runners on first and thrid, a passed ball scored Olson. The Old Timers were up 2-0.

The next inning, Daniel Buller, using a wood bat warmed up before heading to the Brewers spring training in Arizona this week, with a 420 foot blast over the left field fence off a hanging curve ball delivered by Jake Burns to give the Old Timers what would prove to be the 3-0 win. Buller was home visiting family after finishing a season of professional ball in the Domincan Republic.

Twenty-five former Badger baseball playes participated in the game that raised funds for youth baseball.

The teams were divided up with 1990-2003 graduates (Old Timers) vs. the 2004-2012 graduates (Young Guns).

The participants

The Old Timers: Dustin Allen (2002); Joe Allen (1984); Daniel Buller (2003); Dayton Buller (1999); Denson (1998); Sam Duvall (2003); Goodwin (2000); Michael Lagow (1996); Martina (1999); Nick Miller (1983); Olson (1998); Nathan Sloan ('98); and Shawn Spurgeon ('98).

The Young Guns: Burns (2004); James Derickson (2011); Adam Harkenrider (2005); Eric Harkenrider (2007); Matt Harkenrider (2007); Derek O'Reilly (2005); James Reyes (2005); John Scott (2008); Brandon Sherrill (2012); Brad Stolp (2008); Brad Wilkinson (2007); and Ryan Wright (2007).

Badger baseball is one of the most accomplished athletic program's at Yosemite High School. Overall, YHS Baseball owns 11 league titles and a school men's record five CIF Section championships.

The players who played in the alumni game were some of the many former Badgers that helped build a proud program. Yosemite baseball has sent nine players to major league baseball -- Three participated Saturday: Olson and Dayton and Daniel Buller.

Yosemite Baseball Boosters

The game was sponsored by the Yosemite Baseball Boosters Club at Yosemite High, one of the more beautiful baseball fields in the Central Section.

The boosters did a great job preparing the field, stands and providing a barbecue to a crowd estimated at nearly 200.

The boosters Board consists of President Susan Steinmetz, Secretary Becky Carlson and Treasurer Kristi Bohna. The group works tirelessly to promote baseball in the mountain area. The Boosters also sponsor the Yosemite Colts, a 14 and under baseball team. Colts baseball is designed as a great first-step into high school level baseball.

Details: yosemitebaseballboosters.com.

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