After a successful 2-2 record at the Argonaut High School Tournament in Jackson the prior week, the Yosemite High softball team (5-7) picked up two wins last week against Hoover High of Fresno (0-9), and Fresno Christian High School (2-4).
On March 30, junior pitcher Courtney Herrera was in the circle holding the Hoover Patriots to one run as the Lady Badgers won 11-1.
The Badgers had outstanding hitting by a representative from each class.
Senior Lynette Combs went 3-for-4 and was a triple short of a cycle. She also had three RBIs in the game. Combs hit her first home run of the season over the left field fence, which doubles as the team’s first home run this year.
Several players have come close to their own home runs as well.
Freshman leadoff hitter, Angelina McBride went 3-for-4, junior Katie Thompson hit two doubles and sophomore Amaya Chenot went 2-for-3 with two singles. Sophomores Kylie Seals and Sarah Meeks both had singles in the contest.
On Friday, April 1, the Lady Badgers improved their record with a win against Fresno Christian. Senior Michaela Gray came out with a win pitching a 10-0 shutout of the visiting Eagles. She allowed only three hits and had a season high of nine strikeouts for the day.
Once again the trio of hitters at the top of the lineup, McBride, Thompson and Combs helped earn the win with multiple hits. McBride led the team going 3-for-4 with two singles and a double. Thompson and Combs went 2-for-4 with Combs hitting a triple. Mariah Avellana, Meeks, Seals, and Linsey Guidry all came away with a single helping the Lady Badgers with the win.
"The team is really coming together,” Coach Dave Maynez said. “They have bought into the program that my coaching staff and I have brought to the table. I am very proud of them and expect them not to be satisfied with where they are at this point. As we head into league play in the next few weeks we will be preparing ourselves physically and mentally for tough competition.”
The Lady Badgers will be heading into a game on Tuesday, April 5 at 4 p.m. against rival Minarets High School. Maynez was the head coach of the Mustangs during the 2014 season, taking them to one game shy of the D-VI CIF Section Championship.
"I am looking forward to this game as it is a local rival game in this mountain community,” Maynez said. “I have a special place in my heart for those players and Coach Taylor of Minarets who was the JV head coach when I was there ... I will make sure my team is prepared to play to the best of their abilities and make sure that we show our sportsmanship during that game."
The Badgers will visit the Laton Mustangs on Friday, April 8 at 4 p.m. This will be the last non-conference game of the season. They will begin North Sequoia League play on April 12 at home against the Hawks of Liberty-Madera Ranchos.