Yosemite defeats Union 6-1 on Joey Woolsey's three hitter

April 1, 2014 

Yosemite High (4-10, 2-3 NSL) starting pitcher Joey Woolsey is on a roll. He pitched a complete game, a three hit gem March 28 at Badger Field in the Badger's 6-1 win over Washington Union (4-11, 1-4). The only blemish was an unearned run in the second inning. Woolsey is now 2-0 in league and has not allowed an earned run in North Sequoia League play (18 1/3 innings).

Coach John McMillan likes what he sees in his ace.

"The talent has always been there, it was just a matter of him being consistent with his pitches," McMillan said after the game.

The Panthers held a 1-0 lead entering the bottom of the fourth. The hot hitting Trevor Smith led off the inning with a triple down the third base line. Smith is six for his last eleven at bats with two doubles and a triple. An error on Tyler McIntyre's grounder to second tied the score.

Dylan Rounsvill drove in McIntyre with a single up the middle to give the Badgers the lead. After Jarrett Barone's double put runners on second and third, Brian Woolsey's two out single drove in two to give the Badgers a 4-0 cushion.

Woolsey would allow only two base runners the rest of the way. One was cut down at the plate on an excellent relay from McIntyre to Evan Diehl to catcher Stewart Carlson to end the sixth.

The win puts Yosemite in fourth place in the NSL. They trail Kerman (5-0), Liberty (4-1), and Chowchilla (3-2).

Chowchilla rallies late to beat Badgers

The Yosemite High Badgers took a 5-1 lead into the seventh inning only to watch it slip away in a 7-6 loss in extra innings at Chowchilla on March 25.

With two outs in the the eighth inning, the Badger's committed three consecutive errors to allow Chowchilla to score the winning run.

The Badgers struck early when Barone walked and stole second. With two outs, Carlson doubled to deep left to put Yosemite up 1-0.

After Chowchilla tied it in the first off starter Brian Woolsey, Yosemite plated three runs in the second for a 4-1 lead. Trevor Smith and Joey Woolsey doubled to give Yosemite a 2-1 lead. Dylan Rounsvill then singled Woolsey to third. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Barone scored Woolsey from third and Rounsvill scored on a subsequent wild throw from the catcher.

After allowing one run on four hits in the first inning, Woolsey took control after that and all the Redskins could manage were singles in the fourth and sixth innings. Woolsey finished the day allowing one run on six hits while striking out six.

The Badgers made it 5-1 in the fifth. After one out, Barone was hit by a pitch.

He stole second and advanced to third when Diehl's grounder to third was thrown away. Barone scored on Carlson's infield single.

But then the wheels came off in the seventh for the Badgers. Barone replaced Woolsey on the mound. A hit batsman and two singles loaded the bases. Iggy Palomino, maybe the best name in the league, tripled to the gap in right to make it a one run game. Hayden Haynes' sacrifice fly to center made it a tie game.

The Badgers responded in the eighth. Diehl reached on an error by the shortstop. Next, Carlson was hit by a pitch, to put runners on first and second.

Tristan Eames' single loaded the bases. With one out Tyler McIntyre's sacrifice fly to center gave the Badgers a 6-5 lead.

McIntyre replaced Barone on the mound. Chowchilla was down to their last out with a runner on first. The Badgers botched three consecutive routine grounders for errors that allowed two runs to score, giving the Redskins the 7-6 victory.

McIntyre was the hard luck loser allowing two unearned runs without giving up a hit. Offensively Yosemite was led by: Carlson 2-3, 2 RBI; Joey Woolsey, double and an RBI; Trevor Smith double and run; Jarrett Barone, 2 runs, 2 stolen bases.

Yosemite continues league play with two game against Liberty this week. Friday's game will be at Badger Field at 4 p.m..

— Yosemite High correspondent

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