Yosemite High School pitcher Dillon Moran threw a four-hit complete game as the Badgers (2-3) edged the Dinuba Emperors 2-1 in Dinuba March 7.
Moran was backed by a defense that turned four double plays on the day.
Yosemite opened the scoring in the second with catcher Stewart Carlson leading off with a double down the left field line. Tyler McIntyre was hit by a pitch and freshman Brian Woolsey sacrificed the runners to second and third. Sophomore Joey Woolsey then lined a fastball into the gap scoring two as he continues his clutch hitting.
In the bottom of the third, two Badger errors, a walk, and a sacrifice fly gave Dinuba their only run of the game.
Pitching in his second start of the year Moran induced two double play grounders, and combined with catcher Carlson on a strike him out throw him out double play. It was his last pitch of the afternoon that provided the most dramatic play of the day.
With two on and one out in the in the bottom of the seventh the Emperors John Gonzales hit a chopper to short. Zac Clayton fielded the high hop and flipped it to Grady Eaton at second for the force. Eaton was knocked to the ground by the base runner from first. The base runner who originated at second base saw Eaton on the ground and sprinted for home plate in an attempt to tie the game. Eaton quickly jumped up and fired a strike to Carlson at home, who tagged out the Dinuba runner ending the game.
Badger coach John McMillan was happy with the team's performance.
"The execution on the sacrifice, followed by the clutch hit, strong defense and good pitching are the ingredients this young team will need to win this season," McMillan said.
Golden West 13 - Yosemite 7
The Yosemite High baseball team won the last six innings 7-3 March 5 against Golden West High School in Visalia -- Unfortunately they lost the first inning 10-0 to give the Blazers the 13-7 win over the Badgers. Starting pitcher Joey Woolsey, after throwing a no-hitter for five innings the previous week, allowed the first six Golden West batters to reach first base.
The first six Golden West batters in the game reached base. With four runs in and two outs, the Blazer centerfielder popped up to the infield. None of the Badger infielders wanted it and it landed untouched for a single. Six runs followed putting the Badgers in a deep 10-run hole.
The game settled down after that. Evan Diehl came in relief of Woolsey to get the final out in the first. Diehl pitched 4 1/3 strong innings in relief, giving up two earned runs.
Yosemite scored their first run in the fourth on an RBI single by Tyler McIntyre. In the fifth the Badgers scored on an error, then loaded the bases but two strikeouts ended the rally.
In the sixth Yosemite made it interesting. After a walk and a hit batsman, Woolsey crushed a towering home run to left. A walk to Jensen Davis, singles by Diehl and Dillon Moran plated another run. Grady Eaton then hit a deep fly to center that was caught, on a spectacular play, for a sacrifice fly. Stewart Carlson followed with a single to put runners on first and third with one out. A strike out and a ground out ended the hopes for additional runs in the inning. Golden West 13 -- Yosemite 7.
In the bottom half of the inning, with two out and two on, the Blazers' Mike Donahue singled up the middle. Moran charged it and fired a one hop strike to Carlson to get the runner at the plate ending the inning.
Yosemite went three up and three down in the seventh to end the game.
After the game, Yosemite coach John McMillan expressed concerns about his team's inconsistent play.
"We need someone to step up and make a play to shut down innings," McMillan said.
The Badgers have been plagued with errors in this young season, averaging more than two a game. McMillan continues to look for the right mix as the Badgers have played multiple players in every position.
Woolsey had three RBIs in the game and Diehl went 2-3 with an RBI.
JV's lose to Golden West 14-7
The Blazers jumped out to a 12-0 lead after two innings and cruised to a 14-7 win March 5 in Visalia. Dylan Lopez came on in the third to pitch four excellent innings of relief.
Yosemite was led at the plate by Devon Lee 3-4, two doubles and an RBI, Garrett Eaton 2-4,and North Tuso, 1-2.
Coach Clyde Derickson was pleased with the effort of his team to battle back from such a large deficit.
"The team continues to get better and coach Tuso and I continue to see improvement," Derickson said.
The Badgers host Dinuba today (Thursday) at 4 p.m.