Evan Diehl went 3-4 and pitcher Grady Eaton (2.82 ERA) got his third win of the year, throwing a three hitter last Friday at Badger Field as Yosemite (7-15, 4-7) defeated the Washington Union Panthers (7-17, 4-7) 4-3. The Badgers collected 10 hits in the game.
The game was tied entering the bottom of the seventh. Diehl led off with a single and sophomore Joey Woolsey followed with a single. Union couldn't make a play on freshman Bryan Woolsey's perfect bunt single to load the bases with no outs.
Yosemite's next batter, Tyler McIntyre, worked the count full. On the next pitch he drove a fastball high and deep to left. Pinch runner Carson Conti, who had wandered off third, raced back to tag up. The throw from the left fielder was perfect but Conti beat the tag. It was the first walk off victory for Yosemite this season.
Eaton struck out four, walked one while giving up three hits in his fourth complete game of the season.
All of Union's runs came on a Drake Salwasser three run homer in the sixth inning. As much as the Union pitcher contributed at the plate, Salwasser got the loss. Other than the home run pitch, Eaton was in complete control the entire game.
Badgers big at the plate were Joey Woolsey, 2-4 with an RBI, Jarrett Barone, 2-4, and Grady a single and RBI.
Union wins April 24
The Badgers fell behind early and couldn't get the big hit late losing to Washington Union 6-4 April 23 in in Easton.
The Panthers jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first on three hits and one costly error off Badger starter Dillon Moran. The Panther's They held a 4-2 lead going into the sixth when Yosemite mounted a come back.
Eaton and Moran singled to start the rally. They both advanced on a wild pitch. A ground out by Diehl scored Eaton to make it 4-3 Union.
After a walk to Stewart Carlson, Barone singled to tie the game. The Badgers were unable to get the clutch hit the rest of the way.
Washington answered with two of their own in the bottom of the sixth. Three singles and a costly two out error pushed across two more runs to make it 6-4.
Yosemite almost pulled-off the win in the seventh.
With one out and a runner on first, Joey Woolsey doubled deep to left. Following a fly to center, Eaton walked to load the bases. Diehl worked the count full before going down swinging to end the game.
Eaton and Moran collected three hits each to lead the Badgers. Joey Woolsey had two hits including a double.
Moran went 5 2/3 innings allowing three earned runs in the loss.
Carlson is currently the No. 1 hitter in the NSL with a .421 average and leads the league with an on-base percentage of .470.
JV team swept
The Badger JV team dropped both its games to Union last week by the scores of 15-2 and 9-6.
Michael Silva and Dillon Lopez both went 2-4 with a RBI for the week. Also picking up hits last week were Mason Gaynor and Summit Pears.
Yosemite plays at 4 p.m. at home Friday against Kerman. The team's final home game, senior day, is 4 p.m., May 7 against Chowchilla. The team's three seniors, Dillon Moran, Grady Eaton, and Jensen Davis, will be honored, along with their parents, before the game.
The teams conclude NSL league play at Chowchilla May 10.
1. Kerman (21-3, 11-0)
2. Liberty (12-12, 8-3)
3. Yosemite (7-15, 4-7)
4. Chowchilla (11-10, 4-7)
5. Washington Union (7-17, 4-7)
6. Sierra (2-16, 2-9)
Softball team drops two
The Yosemite High softball team (5-14, 0-5) were edged 2-1 April 21 by Washington Union and were defeated by Liberty (17-8, 5-1) last Friday 13-0.
Against Union, Yosemite's Cassie Salisbury went 2-3 and scored the Badger's lone one on homerun.
Last Friday, Liberty's Hannah Shevenell struck out 10 Yosemite batters while the Hawks collected 13 hits in the game. Yosemite's Emily Moe took the loss in both games.
The team hosts Sierra at 4 p.m. Friday and Chowchilla visits Yosemite on May 7. The team concludes NLS play May 10 at Washington Union.