Softball team opens NSL play with two loses

Yosemite second baseman Madison Gipson prepares to throw to fist base to complete a double pay against Chowchilla.
Yosemite second baseman Madison Gipson prepares to throw to fist base to complete a double pay against Chowchilla. Special to Sierra Star

The Yosemite High School girls varsity softball team (6-11, 0-2 NSL) opened North Sequoia League play last week and faced some quality pitchers and pitchers, losing to the Liberty Hawks 12-1 on April 10 and 13-3 to the Kerman Lions on April 13.

Pitcher Kaycee Corneal kept Liberty off the scoreboard for three innings, facing only 10 batters, but in the fourth the Hawks exploded for seven hits (including two doubles), combined with one walk andd two Badger errors that resulted in 8 runs.

Yosemite shortstop, Rive Prater, showed great range and brought an end to the inning by catching a pop up hit to the left of centerfield.

Liberty scored 1 run in the fifth inning and 3 more runs in the sixth inning. Seven of Liberty’s runs were unearned.

Prater also accounted for the only Yosemite run of the game. She singled to left field to open the bottom of the third inning. Singles by Victoria Arredondo and Kylie Seals loaded the bases with one out. Amaya Chenot hit a sacrifice fly to center field which scored Prater. Madison Gipson, Corneal, and Makayla Cunnings also hit singles for Yosemite during the game.

Yosemite - Kerman

The Badgers traveled to Kerman April 13 for its match-up with the Lions.

Yosemite got off to a good start with Prater’s double to left field to lead off the inning. Victoria Arredondo reached base on an error by the Kerman shortstop, before Brandi Sneed hit into a fielder’s choice which forced Prater out at third base.

Seals then singled and an error at second base allowed Arredondo and Sneed to score. Amaya Chenot reached base on an error by the shortstop which allowed Seals to score the third Yosemite run.The team would not score another run in the game.

Kerman scored 8 runs in their half of the first inning on 5 hits, including a double.

Corneal again pitched the entire game for Yosemite, giving up 8 hits and 8 earned runs, with Kerman getting another 5 unearned runs. She struck out 3 Kerman batters.

Alyssa Aguilar pitched the entire game for Kerman giving up just 5 hits, and striking out 3 Badgers.

The Yosemite JV team (7-5, 1-1 NSL) beat Liberty 22-1, and lost to Kerman 16-1.

The team hosts Chowchilla (12-7, 1-1 NSL) at 4 p.m. on April 20.