Thanks to a 3-hit shutout by freshman pitcher Kaycee Corneal, the Yosemite High varsity softball team (4-8) snapped out of its eight-game losing streak March 27, traveling to Fresno for a 9-2 win over the San Joaquin Memorial Panthers.
Lead-off batter, sophomore Rive Prater, last year’s team MVP, beat out an infield single and stole second base.
Then the Badger’s No. 3 hitter, sophomore Madison Gipson (.276 batting avg.), on a 3-1 count, crushed the next pitch over the left center field fence to put Yosemite up 2-0 in the first inning. It was the first home run by a Badger batter this season, and she is the team’s leader with 13 RBIs.
Corneal struck out 5 Panthers and retired the first 10 batters she faced before walking the second batter in the bottom of the fourth inning… She pitched a perfect game for the first 3 innings.
Prater went 2 for 3, stole a base, scored a run and had 2 RBIs.
Kylie Seals returned to the lineup as the DP (designated player/ hitter), after missing several games due to an ankle injury during the Jackson Tournament earlier in the season.
In addition to her home run, Gipson also had a double, walked twice, scored 3 runs, and drove in 2 runs.
Victoria Arredondo had 2 hits in 3 at bats including a double, walked once, and scored a run.
Amaya Chenot had a hit in 4 at bats, scored a run, and drove in a run. Makayla Cunnings had a hit in 2 at bats, and drove in a run. Brandi Sneed had a hit in 2 at bats, and scored a run. Hannah Gray had a hit in 2 at bats.
Kelsey Montalto walked, stole second base, and scored a run. Clarissa Raimondo was promoted to Varsity. She ran for Chenot in the top of the seventh inning, and she played second base in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Mariah Zarate pitched the entire game for San Joaquin Memorial giving up 9 runs (7 earned), struck out 6 Badgers and walked 4 batters. Zarate had one of the three hits for the Panthers. Kiyomi Yasunaga and Nina Civiello had the other 2 hits.
10-3 loss to Roosevelt
On March 30, the team traveled to Fresno to play the Roosevelt Rough Riders and lost 10-3 in five innings, unable to overcome Roosevelt’s combined 12-run outburst in the second and third innings.
Yosemite scored solo runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, but the game ended after Yosemite batted in the top of the fifth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Prater led all Badgers at the plate going 3 for 4. Gipson scored the first Yosemite run in the third inning on an error at shortstop. Holly Crosson reached base in the fourth inning on an error at first base, and she advanced and scored a run on a wild pitch, a pass ball, and another wild pitch.
Corneal again pitched the entire game for the Badgers, but unlike her 3-hitter against San Joaquin Memorial, Roosevelt got to her for 12 hits, scoring 14 runs. She struck out 3 Roosevelt batters.