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Yosemite High baseball wins one, drops two in first tournament

The Yosemite high varsity baseball team gathers for a team photo behind second base at Chukchansi Park, home of the Fresno Grizzlies, after beating Washington Union in a North Sequoia League game on March 9.
The Yosemite high varsity baseball team gathers for a team photo behind second base at Chukchansi Park, home of the Fresno Grizzlies, after beating Washington Union in a North Sequoia League game on March 9. Special to Sierra Star

Baseball season got underway last week for Yosemite High School, with the team winning one of their three games in the 2019 Immanuel Invitational Tournament.

The victory came in their second game of the tournament on Friday, Feb. 22 when they beat Hanford West 5-2. The team’s offense received some big help from junior Owen Bazzar’s bat.

Bazzar hit a perfect 3-for-3 in the game, knocking in one run and scoring another.

The Badgers wasted no time establishing a lead in the game, scoring three of their five runs in the first inning.

This was the only bright spot for Yosemite though, as the other two games saw them struggle on both offense and defense.

In their Feb. 19 game against the hosts Immanuel High School, the Badgers only managed one hit and lost the game 11-3. Yosemite also had four errors.

The Eagles batted .395 for the game and scored three runs in the first inning, never coming close to surrendering the lead.

Yosemite’s final game on Feb. 23 against Firebaugh was a slightly more competitive affair, but Yosemite still came out on the losing end, falling 6-1.

The game was tied 1-1 through the first two innings, but Firebaugh scored five runs in the third and neither team managed to score another the rest of the game.

The Badger’s offense struggled again this game, with the team only registering two hits for the game.

Yosemite is looking to improve this season after struggling last year when they finished with an 8-14-1 overall record and second to last in the North Sequoia League with a 5-10 league record.

League play for the Badgers doesn’t begin until March 7 against Liberty High School.

Before then, the Badgers have an exhibition game and a tournament left to play.

Yosemite will travel to Mariposa County High School for an exhibition game on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Then on Wednesday, the Badgers will play the first of their two games for the Battle on the Mountain Tournament. They will play Parlier at 3 p.m. on Wednesday and then Minarets on Friday at the same time.

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