Sports Briefs - 4/17/14 edition of the Sierra Star

April 15, 2014 

Yosemite softball beats Sierra then losses three straight

The Yosemite High School Softball team (3-16, 1-2) beat Sierra (3-7, 0-4) for the first time in five years by a score of 8-4 behind the pitching and hitting of sophomore Amy Whitcomb. Whitcomb, who went 4-4 and drove in two runs, pitched a dominate performance allowing only six hits throughout the seven-inning contest.

Following the curse breaking win the Badgers lost three consecutive games against Washington Union 0-10, Fowler 7-8 and Immanuel 4-12, all part of the Fowler Easter Classic tournament. The Badgers next game is Wednesday, April 23, when they travel to Washington Union in a rematch against the Panthers.

Yosemite ski team wins series

Even with the minimal amount of snow this year China Peak was able to host the series. This year the YHS team won the championship for the second year in a row with 395 points. University High School took second place with 322 points and Madera High School placed third with 277 points.

On snowboard, Yosemite's Kelsi Stieler took first place for the girls and Austin Bain took second place for the boys. On skis, Craig Stieler took third place overall.

Other team members who participated were Gregory Royse, Georgie Royse, Natalia Levashoff, Michael Neff, RJ Vlach, and Sam Devito.

Mustang softball team splits games

The Minarets Mustangs softball team (7-7, 2-1), under the new leadership of coach Dave Maynez, just three games into league play, already has one more win than the team had all last season. The team, made up of five seniors, four juniors, four sophomores, and three freshman, is currently in third place in the West Sequoia League.

Sophomore pitcher Baily Avina is leading the team from the mound. Behind the plate is senior Kylinn Gunderson, who recently signed to play for Corban University.

The Mustangs traveled to Fresno Christian (3-6-1, 0-3) April 7, with Kelea Kamalani getting the game winning hit for the Mustangs in the 11th inning that scored two runs for the 4-2 win.

The team lost 5-0 to Riverdale High on April 3.

Last week the team played two games in the Fowler Easter Classic tournament, losing to Chowchilla 9-2, and beating Lindsay, 5-4.

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