Badgers drop eighth straight, lose to Liberty

After getting off to a hot start the Yosemite High Baseball team (5-12, 1-6 NSL) lost their eighth straight game last Thursday as the fell to the Liberty Hawks (7-12-1, 5-2 NSL) 5-1 in seven innings.

The Badgers started strong getting through the first inning without allowing a run. However, it did not take the Hawks long to put things together starting the inning out with back-to-back singles. Following a fielders choice the Badger’s Tyler McIntyre aided the hawks with back-to-back walks allowing Liberty to score four in the second.

The Badgers did their best to answer back as they started off the second with a base runner as Brendan Gillaspy was hit by a pitch. Evan Prater followed up with a single to advance the runner to third and a sacrifice fly from Logan Szabadi scored Gillaspy from third scoring the Badgers only run for the game.

Liberty’s pitcher, Ryan Rousey, seemed to be too much for the Badgers using only 74 pitches to complete the game. He allowed one run on five hits and struck out two.

Liberty tacked on an insurance run in the seventh which proved to be unnecessary as Yosemite failed to score again.

Dylan Rounsvill led the Badgers with two hits going 2-3. Evan Prater, Brendan Gillaspy, and Tyler McIntyre all had hits of their own.

McIntyre had a decent day on the mound going six innings, striking out two, and allowing three earned runs.

The Badgers will look to break their losing streak when they head to Sierra Friday to take on the rival Chieftains (4-12-1, 0-7 NSL). Yosemite returns home Tuesday, April 21, against Washington Union (5-13, 2-5 NSL).

Softball team beaten twice

The Yosemite High School Softball team (5-11, 0-2 NSL) lost 4-2 against the Kerman Lions Friday, for their second league loss in as many games.

The Badgers struggled to get things going against Lions pitcher, Jordin Wheeler, who went the distance and only faced 16 batters in the first five innings. Wheeler dominated a fair portion of the game as Badger hitter struggled to put together multiple hits in an inning.

The Lions scored their first run in the top of the third and tacked on two more runs in the top of the fifth to give themselves a cushion four run cushion. The breathing room proved to be enough for the Lions as the Badgers scored one run in the sixth bringing to score 1-3 heading into the seventh. The Lions tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh making it 4-1.

The Badgers tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh after Hannah Morrison led the inning off with a double and scored following two passed balls by the Lions catcher. Unfortunately, the Badgers they were unable to score another run and fell to the Lions 4-2.

Amy Whitcomb pitched a complete game for the Badgers allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits, three walks and three sacrifices.

Savannah Rich led the Badgers offense with two hits and Morrison and Whitcomb both tallied doubles for the Badger only four hits of the game.

The Badgers lost their previous league opener 1-12 against Liberty on Wednesday, April 8. The Badergs travel to Chowchilla (9-14, 1-1 NSL) Friday to take on the Redskins.