After losing the Woolsey brothers for the season the Yosemite High Badgers (5-4, 2-4 NSL) fell to Kerman (11-4, 2-1 NSL) last Tuesday, March 17, by a score of 15-0.
The Lions, currently second place in the North Sequoia League, took it to the Yosemite both offensively and defensively as the Badgers were shutout for the first time since their opening game against Kingsburg back on Feb. 24.
Yosemite struggled to get anything going against the Lions, whose pitching recorded eight strikeouts while only allowing seven hits. The defense seemed to be their Achilles heal for the Badgers as the team committed six errors keeping innings alive and creating run scoring opportunities for the Lions.
Despite the shutout YHS got production from sophomore John Varian, who was recently called up from JV team. Varian went 2-3 with two singles and a strikeout. Dylan Rounsvill also went 2-3 with a strikeout.
The Badgers quickly bounced back during Friday’s home game defeating rival Sierra (2-7, 0-3) 12-4. The Chieftains traveled to Yosemite hoping to upset the Badgers but that hope quickly dissipated after Yosemite jumped out to a an early 2-1 lead. From there the Badgers never looked back.
The Badgers led 8-1 by the end of the fifth inning and were able to keep their distance adding an additional four runs in the sixth.
Throughout the game Yosemite recorded 14 hits to Sierra’s six. Freshman Austin Burgeno led the team in hitting going 3-4 with a double as well as closing out the final 1.1 innings giving up only one hit and no runs.
The undefeated NSL leading Chowchilla Redskins traveled to Yosemite on Tuesday to take on the Badgers. Scores were unavailable before press time.
Yosemite will attempt to better on its 5-4 season record when they travel to Fresno today to take on the Washington Union Panthers. Yosemite opens up the Easter Baseball Classic versus Reedley Monday March 30.