Following his first-inning jitters, freshman pitcher Tyler Matyshock led Yosemite High School (7-6, 1-3 NSL) to its first North Sequoia League win of the baseball season, defeating Washington Union (8-7-2, 2-3 NSL) at home 7-5 last week.
“This feels good,” Yosemite head coach JD Burnett said. “We’re a young team, but we have good showings like today and when we play well, our talent really takes care of business on the field.”
Matyshock began the April 6 game with an out to lead-off batter Ashanti Ross, before giving up hits to CJ Freitas and Gabriel Sanchez, which coupled with a Badger error gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead.
From there, the Badger’s lefty settled in, throwing four scoreless innings with three strikeouts before he was replaced by reliever Evan Prater coming into the sixth.
The shutout innings were capped by a double play in the top of the fourth, when Union runner Eric Ruiz, on third, was caught advancing to home before catcher Brian Mularkey threw out Freddie Del Toro at second base.
Matyshock finished his five-inning outing with four strikeouts, allowing two earned runs, three hits, and two walks.
Three consecutive doubles
In the third, Matyshock, who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, crushed a pitch from Eric Ruiz for a left field triple that put shortstop Prater across the plate. First baseman Logan Szabadi laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Matyshock from third, tying the game at 2-2.
The bottom of the fourth, Dylan Rounsville, with two outs and Austin Burgeno at second, hit a double to score Burgeno. That was followed by another double, this time from Tyler Wallace, to score Rounsville.
Prater then stepped to the plate and blasted a double to the center field wall, putting up the third Yosemite run of the inning for a 5-2 lead while finishing his day 2-for-3 with an RBI.
The Badgers closed out their scoring with runs by freshman second baseman Jaden Pierce and Prater in the fifth and sixth innings.
The Panthers managed to muster an offensive rally against Prater in the top of the sixth for two scores, but Pierce, called in to replace Prater after he walked Andrew Coelho with one on, finished the rest of the game allowing a lone Panther score in the seventh.
“He throws so fast, so hard, and he brings a lot of intensity up on the mound that our team feeds off of,” Burnett said of Pierce. “It’s really great to see these young guys out there being successful.”
Yosemite will face Liberty-Madera Ranchos (9-4, 2-2 NSL) on the road Tuesday, and will host Liberty at 4 p.m. Friday.
Yosemite falls to Chowchilla
On April 5, the Badgers went on the road against Chowchilla (9-6, 3-2 NSL), losing 9-1.
From the outset, the game was a runaway for the to-be-renamed Redskins, as they started with a two-run first inning before scoring their remaining seven runs through the bottom of the fourth.
Yosemite’s lone run came in the top of the seventh.
Two wins for JV team
The Badger JV team had a good week, beating Union 6-4, and Chowchilla 16-7.
Coach Eric McLane said strong pitching from Paul Antonis and Ty Peterson put the Badgers on top of Chowchilla. Yosemite sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth inning, with a lead-off single by Sage Crosswhite, followed by singles and RBIs from Clayton Elrod, Peterson, and Chase Hatleli for five runs as they pulled away from the Redskins.
Against Washington Union, Yosemite relied on the pitching arms of Chris Ward and Hatleli, while Ryan Omeara provided solid batting, going three-for-three with two doubles and 3 RBIs.