Yosemite High dropped two one run games 3-2 Tuesday, and 4-3 Friday to North Sequoia League Champion, Kerman High, last week. The Badgers led late in both games but Kerman showed why they are league champions as they rallied in both games to secure their second league title in as many years.
The score was tied 0-0 in the fifth inning, Tuesday at Badger Field, when Yosemite's bats came to life. With two outs Evan Diehl singled. Stewart Carlson drove a 0-1 pitch to the wall in right to score Diehl giving the Badgers a 1-0 lead. It was Carlson's second triple in as many games.
The lead was short lived as Kerman scored two in the sixth. As has been the case all season Walk by the Badger pitching staff led to an opponents rally. With one out, starter Brian Woolsey walked Ryan Potter. A ground out and a balk put Potter on second with two outs. Coach McMillan then intentionally walked the potential lead runner, to put runners on first and second. A single by Dmarco Ramirez tied the score.
A subsequent wild pitch gave the Lions a 2-1 lead. The Badgers weren't finished though. Barone led off the sixth with a single. Brian Woolsey sacrificed him to second. With two outs Joey Woolsey tied the score with a clutch two out single to left center.
Kerman once again took the lead in the seventh. A hit bats man who would eventually come home on a perfectly executed squeeze play gave the Lions a 3-2 lead. A walk or a batter hit by a pitch put on the three Kerman runners that scored in the game Yosemite would manage a base runner in the bottom of the seventh but a fly out and a strike out ended the game.
The Badgers out hit Kerman 6 to 4. Starting pitcher Brian Woolsey went six strong innings allowing two runs on three hits. His brother Joe took the hard luck loss as he allowed one run on one hit in the seventh.
In Friday's game the Lions carried a 2-0 lead into the fifth. Joey Woolsey's double down the left field line gave the Badgers their first base runner of the game. With two out Woolsey scored on an error off the bat of Trevor Smith.
Singles by Michael Silva and Tyler McIntyre loaded the bases. Jarrett Barone walked to drive in the tying run.
Starting Pitcher Joe Woolsey retired the side in the bottom of the fifth. It was another strong performance by Woolsey as he allowed two runs on four hits in five innings but once again the two runners that scored were put on base without a hit.
Yosemite took the lead in the sixth on another error off the bat of Trevor Smith. Yosemite had the bases loaded with one out following the error. Tyler McIntyre hit a fly ball to center but a perfect throw gunned down Stewart Carlson at the plate to keep the score 3-2.
The score would stay that way as reliever Brian Woolsey retired the first 5 batters he faced. It was the next four that doomed the Badgers.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Woolsey had a full count on Kerman hitter Eddie Rodriguez. After fouling off two tough pitches Rodriguez lined a double down the left field line.
This tough at bat seemed to take something out of Woolsey. He had started Tuesday's game and the temperature at the start of Friday's game was 93 degrees.
Three consecutive singles by the Lions drove in the final two runs to give Kerman a 4-3 victory.
These two losses give the Badgers an 8-18 overall record and eliminate them from playoff contention. Yosemite closes out the season this week with Chowchilla. The final game will be "Senior Day" at Badger Field Thursday May 8.