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Yosemite High baseball starts strong in league play

Yosemite High varsity baseball players and coaches line up between third and home at Chukchansi Park April 9, 2018 for the National Anthem.
Yosemite High varsity baseball players and coaches line up between third and home at Chukchansi Park April 9, 2018 for the National Anthem. Special to Sierra Star

Yosemite High School’s baseball team is in the process of a bounce-back season.

The Badgers are sitting atop the North Sequoia League standings, only a season removed from finishing second to last. With nine games left to play, Yosemite holds a 4-2 league record (8-6 overall), which leaves them only one win away from equaling last season’s league wins.

The Badgers started league play on March 9 with a statement 3-0 victory over the defending NSL champions Kerman High School. But that may not even be their most impressive win of the four.

Their 24-2 victory over Liberty High School, which also finished above Yosemite last season, may be more worthy. The Badgers established a commanding 10-2 lead by the sixth inning, but capped it off with their highest scoring inning of the season in the seventh when they drove in 14 runs.

Strong bats have proven to be one of the Badgers’ greatest attributes this season, with four starters hitting above .300 for the season.

Their defense, on the other hand, has struggled in recent games, giving up a combined 28 runs in their two league losses to Chowchilla on March 18 and Liberty on Monday.

But Yosemite will look to continue their strong play into the final stretch of the season, which continues Thursday at Liberty High School. The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

Liberty is tied with Yosemite for first place at 4-2, with Chowchilla not too far behind at 3-2.

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