The Yosemite High School baseball team (4-4-1, 1-1 North Sequoia League) recently participated in the Selma Spring Tournament, getting one win, two losses and a tie.
In the team’s March 26 opening tournament game against Sierra Pacific, the Badgers got off to a 4-2 lead after three innings, but could not hold on for the win, as Sierra Pacific tied the game at 5-5 after seven innings.
Yosemite senior pitcher Austin Burgeno had all his pitches working for him against Sierra Pacific. He went 7.1 innings giving up 7 hits and five runs, while striking out 4 Sierra Pacific batters.
Yosemite scored 4 runs in the third off the bats of senior Lucas Howell and junior Sam Lynch, however Sierra Pacific wouldn’t give up picking up 1 of their own in the third and the fourth, the game within one. Burgeno had the lead going into the 7th inning but the Badger bats went quiet and the game ended 5-5.
The Badgers faced Selma in game two and the Badger bats remained quiet, while Selma’s hitters were hard to stop, as they beat the Badgers 10-1. Although the game was free of fielding errors, Yosemite used five pitchers giving up 6 walks, 8 hits, 10 runs and only 2 strikeouts combined.
Junior Clayton Elrod, Lynch, Burgeno, Prater and Ward were the only Badgers to pick up hits, Ward with a double.
Game three took Yosemite to the Immanuel Sports Complex to face Arvin. Senior Evan Prater started the game, going 3.2 innings, but the 4 runs he gave up proved to be too much of a deficit for the Badgers to overcome, losing 6-3. Yosemite combined for 6 hits, with Prater having an RBI double in the second inning.
The final game brought sophomore Owen Bazaar to the mound to face Riverdale.
Bazaar gave the Badgers five strong innings, only giving up 2 runs on 5 hits with 3 strikeouts. Yosemite won the game 8-2.
Bazaar helped himself out with a 2-run single in the third inning. Prater went 3 for 4 at the plate with a double and 2 runs scored. Junior Chris Ward also went 3 for 4 with a triple, a stolen base, 2 runs scored and an RBI. The team combined for 9 hits in the game.
Ward came in to relieve Bazaar in the 6th, totally shutting Riverdale down with 4 strikeouts out of the 6 batters he faced.
In the four games in the tournament, Prater was 7 for 13 at the plate, Ward was 6 for 14 with 3 RBIs, and Burgeno and Howell were 3 for 9.