The Yosemite High School baseball team has started the season with two wins, 1-0 over Shafter and 5-2 over Granite Hills of Porterville, and a 5-1 loss to Caruthers.
Two YHS pitchers combined for a no hitter against Shafter on Feb. 29. Sophomore Austen Burgeno went five innings with five strikeouts, and senior Tyler Wallace retired the six batters he faced in two innings with three strikeouts.
Freshman Jaeden Pierce caught the entire game and singled in the Badger’s winning run in the fourth inning.
Wallace is playing his first year of high school baseball after being on the YHS golf team for two years.
“I missed baseball and wanted to be on the team this year,” Wallace said. “I’m looking forward to a good season. We’re going to be competitive in the NSL.”
Senior North Tuso is back on the team after a two year layoff rehabbing a recurring ankle injury.
“I feel good and looking forward to contributing to the team this year,” Tuso said.
In the win over Granite Hills, Wallace threw a complete game, allowing only two runs in six innings.
The offense woke up in the third Badgers game of the season with Freshman Tyler Mattyshock driving in three runs. Unfortunately for the Badgers the game was called for darkness in the top of the seventh with the bases loaded and the heart of the lineup on deck.
The team, under first year coach JD Burnett, is made up of four seniors, four juniors, four sophomores, and two freshman. Last year’s head coach, Bob Siebenberg, remains on staff as an assistant coach, along with Jonas Garner.
Burnett, who also took over the reigns of the Badger football team this past season, feels this year’s baseball team, although young, is talented and full of potential.
In addtition to Wallace and Tuso, the other two seniors on the team are Logan Szabadi and Dylan Rounsivill.
Juniors include Frank Lemos, John Varian, Caleb Eucholtz and Tanner Bonillas.
The four sophomores are Luke Howell, Brian Mularkey, Luke Howell and Burgeno. The two freshman are Mattyshock and Pierce.
“Our young team should be competitive in the NSL for years to come,” Burnett said.
Last year’s team was 8-18 overall, and placed third in the North Sequoia League with a 4-12 record. Kerman and Chowchilla shared the league title.
Gone from last year’s team is all-leaguer Tyler McIntyre who lead the league in batting average (.444), was No. 2 in slugging percentage (.650), and No. 3 in on base percentage (.526), stolen bases (14), and strike outs (25).
JV team 3-0
Eric McClane’s Badger JV team started the season with three wins - 7-2 over Shaftner, 5-3 over Caruthers, and a 15-2 win over Granite Hills.
This is the first year coaching the JV team for McClane, who is a psychology, and government/economics teacher at YHS.
McClane is being assisted by Clyde Derrickson, whom was the only other member of last year’s coaching staff to remain.
Alumni game May 21
The fundraising Yosemite High Alumni Baseball Game will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 21.
For details and for Badger alumni to sign-up for the game, contact Genna McIntyre at firstname.lastname@example.org.