Sports Briefs - 3/20/14 edition of the Sierra Star

March 18, 2014 

YHS softball 2-8

The Yosemite High School softball team has started the season 2-8, including two loses at the Jackson Invitational Tournament on March 7 to Argonaut High (Jackson) 7-4 and Union Mine High of El Dorado, 16-1.

Other loses have come at the hands of Fresno High, 12-7, Roosevelt, 7-1, Corcoran, 12-9, Fresno High , 12-7, and El Camino, 9-2.

Last Saturday the team split games with Minarets at the Madera Invitational tournament. The Mustangs won the first game came 12-0 as sophomore Bailey Avina held the Badgers scoreless, throwing a complete game.

The Badgers got a chance to even things up as they faced off against the Mustangs in the consolation round, winning the game 4-3. Yosemite's second win was against Corcoran, 13-8.

Yosemite opens league play at 4 p.m., April 1, at home against Liberty.

Simpson wins 800

Yosemite High School's premier distance runner, Alek Simpson, started his track season by winning the 800 meter race at the Sanger Spring Classic track and field invitational meet last week with a time of 2:00.30.

Simpson edged Madera South's Eduardo Herrera by just over a second. The Badgers team will participate March 28 in the Exeter Monarch Invitational. The team will be home at 3 p.m., Friday, April 11, to host the Yosemite Mountain Invitational.

YHS boys tennis

The Yosemite High boy's tennis team lost its league opening match against Chowchilla 8-1 on March 13.

Prior to that match, the team lost to Roosevelt 8-1 and beat Hoover 6-3.

The team plays Kerman at 3:30 p.m. today (Thursday), and hosts Sierra on March 25.

Lilly named Cubs special assistant

Former Yosemite High School baseball standout Ted Lilly, 38, has found a new niche in Major League Baseball after recently announcing his retirement from his playing days in MLB.

On March 11, Lilly was named a special assistant to the Chicago Cubs President of Operations Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer.

Lilly's new job will include scouting and helping young players develop throughout the Cubs organization. He will be in direct communication to Epstein and Hoyer.

Lilly played 15 season in the MLB and pitched for several teams including the Yankees, Athletics, Blue Jays and Cubs before finishing out his career with the Dodgers.

Lilly was limited to 13 starts in his final two seasons with the Dodgers due to the inability to overcome recurring back issues.

Lilly was a two time all-star and helped the Cubs win back-to-back National League Central titles. Now he will try to help the organization win with his behind the scenes talents.

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