The Yosemite High baseball team (2-2, 1-0 North Sequoia League) opened league play March 14 with a 8-7 win over the Washington Union Panthers in Easton.
Although the game was played in Easton, Yosemite was the home team based on the original schedule before the game was moved to Union due to stormy mountain weather.
It looked like it would be a long day for the Badgers with Union scoring three runs in the first inning off Yosemite starting pitcher Austen Burgeno - but Yosemite came right back in the bottom of the first, loading the bases on singles by shortstop Evan Prater, outfielder Luke Howell and second baseman Chris Ward. Senior left fielder Brian Mullarkey hit a sacrifice fly to score Prater.
Sophomore third baseman Owen Bazzar drew a walk to again load the bases with one out. Up to bat came sophomore first baseman Jensen Pincus, who delivered with a triple, scoring Howell, Ward and Bazzar to give the Badgers a 4-3 lead.
Burgeno settled down and gave up just one hit and no runs to Union in the second and third innings.
In Yosemite’s half of the third, Mullarkey walked, Bazzar had a single and Pincus walked to load the bases. Senior outfielder Cannon Eames came through with a double scoring Mullarkey and Bazzar and giving the Badgers a 6-3 lead.
In the next three innings Union tied the game at 6-6 scoring one in the fourth and two in the sixth, the tying run on a Yosemite error.
The Badgers answered back with one run in the bottom of the sixth, taking the lead 7-6, but Union came back with a run in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 7-7.
The Badgers scored in the bottom of the seventh inning on a past ball, with Pierce dashing home from third and crossing home plate for the game winning run for the Badgers.
Borgeno pitched 5 innings giving up 3 hits, 2 walks and a hit batter. He had one strike-out.
Prater came in to pitch the sixth and seventh innings, giving up two hits and striking our three for the win.
The Badgers played at Chowchilla Monday and will play Liberty - Madera Ranchos at home at 4 p.m. March 22.