Badgers lose league opener to Liberty 9-2

-- Yosemite High correspondentMarch 20, 2013 

Yosemite High (3-4, 0-1) allowed six unearned runs and Liberty pitcher J. Santa Cruz struck-out 11 Badgers last Friday as Madera Ranchos defeated Yosemite 9-2 in both team's North Sequoia league opener,

The Badger's inability to make the routine play and get a hit with runners in scoring position cost them the game.

Leading 1-0, the Hawks added three runs in the fourth inning on three hits and a wild throw on a steal attempt.

The Badgers made it close in the top of the fifth with the help of a walk and two hit batters that loaded the bases with one out. Yosemite could only muster a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch to get their only two runs of the day.

Ranchos blew it open in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs and nobody on, Yosemite failed to make an out on a routine grounder. Six consecutive hits and a passed ball led to five unearned runs to finish the scoring.

Senior Dillon Moran was the losing pitcher.

In other NSL games, Chowchilla beat Sierra 4-2 and Kerman defeated Washington Union 7-0.

The Badger JV baseball team carried a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth against Liberty but the Hawks came to life with eight runs in the final three innings to beat the visiting Badgers 8-3.

The Badgers played at Kerman Tuesday. Kerman is this year's favorite to win the North Sequoia League title and feature pitcher Carlos Salazar and his 98 mph fastball. Salazar is one of the top 50 professional prospects in the nation. Against Washington Union last Friday, Salazar was 2-4 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs.

Eaton shuts down Kingsburg

The Badgers travelled to Fowler March 9 for their final game of the Central Valley Baseball Classic against Kingsburg. Grady Eaton combined with Brian Woolsey on a four hit shut out as the Badgers beat the Vikings 1-0.

Yosemite scored the games only run in the first.

With one out Carson Conti and Eaton singled. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third. The Viking shortstop made a diving stop of a grounder off the bat of Stewart Carlson. Carlson was thrown out at first Conti scored from third on the play.

Kingsburg put a runner on in every inning. They loaded the bases in the fifth only to have the rally erased by a Woolsey to Conti double play.

Eaton pitched out of trouble in the sixth on a fly out to right with runners on first and third. In the seventh, with a runner on second and one out, relief pitcher Brian Woolsey entered the game. The first batter to face Woolsey flew out. The next batter, with an 0-2 county, was caught looking at a third strike slider to end the game.

Eaton pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings for his first win of the season. Brian Woolsey retired the only two batters he faced for his first save.

Leading hitters for the Badgers are Grady Eaton (.412), Evan Diehl (.375), Carson Conti (.364), Stewart Carlson (.353) and Dillon Moran (.333).

Pitchers Moran, Eaton and Diehl have the lowest ERAs on the team at 1.27, 1.39 and 1.71, respectively.

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