In the Feb. 26 season opener, the Yosemite High Badger baseball team got exactly what they wanted with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth. On a full count on Austin Garcia of Tulare's Mission Oaks High rolled a double play grounder to short but the throw to first after the force at second went wide allowing two runs to score. Yosemite failed to put a runner on in their final two at bats and the Hawks came away with a 2-1 victory.
This, after sophomore Joey Woolsey carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Following a lead off walk, Brian Woolsey took the mound in relief of his brother. The freshman gave up a bloop single that did not leave the infield, for the Hawks first and only hit of the game. A strikeout and walk followed, leading to the botched double play.
Yosemite's only run came in the third inning when Grady Eaton singled, advanced to second on a passed ball, and scored on an error off the bat of Joey Woolsey. Stewart Carlson flew out to center and Tyler McIntyre grounded out to end the inning.
Mission Oaks' only other serious threat ended in the first inning on a Badger double play.
The Badgers put two runners on with nobody out in the third but a couple of strikeouts and a pop up ended the rally.
Yosemite coach John McMillan's young line up started two seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and one freshman.
"As young as we are, I was pleased with how we played," McMillan said after the game.
The defense was solid behind the Woolsey brothers. Sophomore third baseman, Tyler McIntyre, started the double play to end the first, and made a nice play to end a brief rally in the fifth.
"We made a couple of mistakes but overall I feel good about the team," McMillan said.
Badgers rally to beat Kingsburg
Yosemite High entered the top of the 7th inning against Kingsburg last Friday trailing by a run. Stewart Carlson scored the tying run on a wild pitch and with two outs, Bryan Woolsey drove in the lead run with a single up the middle. The Badgers added three more to make the score 9-5.
Kingsburg loaded the bases in the ninth but Tyler McIntyre retired the last Viking on a grounder to record his first victory of the season.
The seventh started with a walk to Carlson. Evan Diehl singled Carlson to third on a hit and run. Diehl fought off a couple of tough two strike pitches before singling to left center. After the Woolsey single, McIntyre walked, Jarrett Barrone collected an infield single to load the bases. A wild pitch advanced the runners, scoring Woolsey. Grady Eaton, continuing his clutch hitting from a year ago, finished the scoring with a two run single.
Kingsburg jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings. The Badgers tied it in the third. With two out and nobody on Yosemite rallied on RBI singles by Carlson, Diehl, and Carson Conti. The Vikings answered with two unearned runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
Yosemite got one back in the fifth with a RBI groundout by Brian Woolsey. That was all the scoring until the seventh inning heroics.
Dylan Moran pitched four strong innings for the Badgers. Only one of the five runs against him was earned.
McMillan was pleased with the team's effort.
"A total team effort -- Everyone in the lineup contributed and it was great for a young team to come from behind and win on the road" McMillan said.
Stats: WP: McIntyre. Diehl 3-4, 2 RBIs, Eaton 1-3, 2 RBIs, Carlson 1-3, one RBI, B. Woolsey, 1-4, 2 RBIs.
Corcoran 6, Yosemite 4
On March 2, the Badgers (1-2), playing in the Central Valley Diamond Classic tournament, lost to Corcoran 6-4.
Carlson went 2-2 and Zak Clayton was 1-2 with a double and the Badger's lone RBI.
JV team loses opener
The JV Badgers carried a 7-4 lead into the sixth inning against Mission Oaks but the Hawks rallied for five runs in the top of sixth to take a 9-7 lead.
With the sun fading over Deadwood the Badger's Trevor Smith doubled to put runners on second and third with one out in the bottom of the sixth.
The next two hitters popped out to end the game an inning early on account of darkness.
Coach Clyde Dierkson feels his team hit well but they are a "work in progress." The Badgers were led by Mason Gaynor, who went 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Garrett Eaton was 1 for 4 with two RBIs.
Against Kingsburg, the JV team started quick with a RBI single by Eaton and a three run home run by Dylan Lopez in the first inning. Kingsburg scored four in the third to tie and three in the fourth to take the lead.
Yosemite answered with one in the fifth. In the sixth with two outs, Gaynor lined a fastball to left. The Viking left fielder couldn't handle it allowing two Badgers to score but Trevor Smith was gunned down trying to score from first ending the inning.
With the score tied 7-7, neither team scored the rest of the way. The game was called on account of darkness after seven innings.
The JV team is 0-1-1 to start the young season.