Badgers sweep Panthers in two game series

The Yosemite High School Baseball team (8-13, 4-7 NSL) swept a two game series against Washington Union (6-16, 3-8 NSL) last week moving them into sole possession of third place in the North Sequoia League.

On Tuesday, April 21 the Badgers traveled down the hill to Washington Union to take on the Panthers. The game got off to a smoldering start with both teams scoring runs in each of the first three innings.

Yosemite started the game off scoring three runs in the first inning but the Panthers answered right back scoring four of their own. The Badgers piled on three more runs in the second and two in the third to give themselves a 8-7 lead heading into the fourth but the Panthers were able to tie the game up in the fourth scoring a run to make it 8-8.

From there the Badgers ran away with the game shutting out the Panthers and scoring at least one run in each of the final three innings. The final score was 13-8. Coach Bob Siebenberg was able to stay away from his bullpen as freshman Austin Burgeno was able to go the distance and complete the game allowing eight runs on eight hits. Burgeno struck out three.

Three days later it was the Badgers turn to host the Panthers as Washington Union came to Yosemite in hopes of revenge. However, the Badgers had other plans for their league opponent.

Behind a dominant complete game pitching performance from senior Tyler McIntyre the Badgers were able to defeat the Panthers 8-3 for the second time in three days.

McIntyre shutout the Panthers for the first three innings allowing four hits and one walk. Meanwhile the Badgers bats went right back to where they left off against the Panthers scoring two runs in the first off a walk and two hits, including an RBI double from centerfielder Austin Burgeno giving the Badgers an early 2-0 lead.

Dylan Rounsvill led off the third inning reaching first base on a throwing error made by the Panthers shortstop Julian Hernandez. Rounsvill advanced to third on a base hit by Tristen Eames and throwing error by the pitcher. Following a walk to Logan Szabadi and a flyout to the pitcher by Luke Howell McIntyre was able to help his own cause with an RBI double helping to Badgers jump out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning.

The Panthers were unable to create a comeback scoring only one run the fourth, fifth a, sixth innings. The Badgers tacked on two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth finishing off the game with a 8-3 win.

McIntyre picked up another win finishing with a complete game and went 3-4 at the plate with a double and three RBIs.

The Badger will host the first place Kerman Lions (21-5-1, 10-1 NSL) Friday at YHS.