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Woolsey’s pitching-hitting lifts Yosemite to 10-7 win

Yosemite High School Baseball (4-2, 0-0) is off to a hot start behind new head coach Bob Siebenberg, winning four of its first six games.

On Thursday, March 5, junior Brian Woolsey (3-0, 3.60 ERA) combined his pitching and hitting skills to help the Badgers defeat the Selma Bears 10-7.

Woolsey’s wicked curve ball kept Selma hitters off-balance most of the game, giving up just six hits and striking out four.

But with the game tied at three, it was Woolsey’s bat that energized his teammates and Badger fans in the bottom of the fourth inning when he drove the ball deep over left field fence for a grand slam, giving the Badgers a 7-3 lead.

The Bears scored two innings later with a three-run sixth but the Badgers responded in the bottom of the sixth with three runs of their own, giving the Badgers a 10-6 lead. The Bears scored one run in the top of the seventh before Woolsey could finish them off for the win.

Woolsey not only performed on the mound, but led the team in hitting going 3-4 with five RBIs. Tyler McIntyre added three hits of his own and combined with Woolsey to score six of the team’s 10 runs. Brendan Gillaspy went 1-2 with two RBIs.

Earlier in the week, on Tuesday, March 3, Yosemite beat the Reedley Pirates 10-8 behind the combined pitching effort of senior Joey Woolsey (1-1, 7.07 ERA), Brian’s older brother, and Evan Prater. Brian once again led the offense going 3-3 with four RBIs and a walk. Joey’s bat acted as the teams catalyst as he contributed three hits and three runs in his five at bats.

Yosemite’s second loss came a few days later against Kingsburg, the only team to beat the Badger in the the early season. The Badgers were only able to produce two runs and were unable to overcome an early onslaught by the Vikings who put up six runs in the first three innings. Not a single Badger was able to tally more than one hit as the team was dominated 12-2. THe Vikings handed the Badgers their only other loss of the season beating Yosemite 8-5 on Feb. 26.

The Badgers are now 4-2 on the season, ranked No. 7 in the Central Section D-IV by Maxpreps.com. The Badgers will take on the Liberty Hawks Friday, March 13, at Liberty.

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