Yosemite (7-17, 4-9) pitcher Joey Woolsey and Kerman's (24-3, 14-0) Carlos Salazar squared off in a hard fought 3-0 Kerman victory at Badger Field last Friday.
Evan Diehl's infield single was the only hit Yosemite could muster off the hard throwing right-hander who is expected to be a first or second round pick in next month's MLB draft. Salazar improved his season record to 10-1 while striking out 19 batters during the game. He threw 71 strikes and just 24 balls during the game. He is ranked as one of the top 20 high school pitchers in the nation.
The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when an error and two singles plated the first two runs of the game. Kerman picked up one more in the sixth on an Asrian Flores home run.
Sophomore Woolsey pitched a strong six innings for Yosemite. Woolsey allowed only two earned runs on five hits in six innings pitched during his strongest outing of the season.
Salazar, born in Guasave, in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, never knew his biological father. His mother, Mayra, left her baby boy with his grandparents to find work and a better life in California. After a year of work and getting settled, Mayra went back for her son. She has since met and married Sammy Hernandez, a correctional officer at Pleasant Valley Correctional Facility Coalinga, having two more children.
Salazar, who will graduate near the top of his class, has become one of the top high school pitchers in the nation and has drawn the attention of many major league teams. Scouts and other representatives from 17 teams have travelled to the family home in Kerman since November to enjoy an authentic Mexican dinner cooked by Mayra, and yes, talk about a future in professional baseball with Carlos and his family.
The the major league draft just a month away (June 6 and 7), Salazar is expected to be selected in one of the early rounds. Although he has made a verbal commitment to Fresno State, the Bulldogs may fall to the wayside if Salazar receives a big-money signing offer. In 2012, signing bonuses for first round selections ranged from $1.5 to $6 million.
His mother says the decision to play at Fresno State or turn pro will be left up to her son.
"Whatever he decides to do, I don't want him later to say I gave him the wrong advise," Mayra said. "I am proudest of his academics, but hopeful one day I will see Carlos play in the major leagues."
Todd Johnson, assistant scouting director for the Milwaukee Brewers, was at Yosemite, along with his speed gun, to see the 6-foot, 210-pound Salazar. Sitting in the bleachers behind home play, Johnson clocked Salazar's fast ball a number of times at 96 MPH.
Kerman over Yosemite on April 30
Yosemite's Jarett Barone broke up a no hitter by Kerman pitcher, Eric Montero, with a single in the sixth inning as the Badgers lost to the Lions 11-0 in Kerman April 30.
Kerman scored twice in both the third and fourth innings off of Yosemite starter Dillon Moran. The Lions put the game away in the fifth, scoring seven runs off three Badger relief pitchers. The Lions had five hits in the inning and benefitted from three consecutive batters being hit by a pitch.
Tyler McIntyre pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to finally stop the Lions.
JV's lose two to Kerman
Yosemite's JV baseball team lost 16-2 in Kerman April 30 and 10-4 on last Friday at home.
Offensive standouts for the Badgers last week were: Michael Silva 2-5 with an RBI, Mason Gaynor 2-4 with a double and RBI and Devon Lee 2-5 with a double.
Badger softball team loses twice last week
The Yosemite High softball team lost twice last week -- 11-3 to Sierra on April 30 and 11-0 last Thursday. The girls JV team beat Sierra 15-8 and lost to Kerman 19-3.
After senior day Tuesday, the Badgers finished the season Friday in Chowchilla.