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Badgers end baseball season in third place

The Yosemite High School baseball team (8-18, 4-12 North Sequoia League), wrapped up its season last week with two loses to Chowchilla on May 5, 12-0, and May 8, 7-1.

The team finished the NSL season in third place. Kerman and Chowchilla are league co-champs with 1-4 records.

Bob Siebenberg, first year head coach, started the season with high expectations, and the team got off to a good start despite absorbing some personnel hits beginning with a pre-season injury to senior starting catcher and team leader Evan Diehl, the team regrouped with senior Tyler McIntyre stepping up behind the plate.

Early in the season, Yosemite went 4-2 in the Fowler Tournament, posting its best tournament record in several years, and played several larger schools.

Even after the loss of Joey and Brian Woolsey, the team attempted to right the ship and continued into league play, with a very young team of mostly freshman and sophomores, and just two juniors.

In the two games against Chowchilla, the Badgers combined for just three hits, while Yosemite pitchers gave up 19 to the Redskins. The winning pitcher in the May 5 game was Ian Escamillalla, with Yosemite’s Austin Burgeno getting the loss. In last Friday’s game, Chowchilla pitcher Kelby Grissom struck out 14 Yosemite batters. McIntyre took the loss.

Siebenberg said he had players that made outstanding contributions to the team throughout is year.

“Senior Tyler McIntyre, and juniors Logan Szabadi, and especially Dylan Rounsivill, had good seasons.

McIntyre was in the top three of six of the 11 league stat categories the NSL keeps track off, and was No. 5 in another (fielding percentage - .854).

He lead the league in batting average (.444), and was No 2 in slugging percentage (.650), and No. 3 in stolen bases (14), on base percentage (.526), pitching wins (3), and strike outs (25).

Szabadi finished the season No. 5 in the league for RBIs with 16.

Siebenberg also pointed to sophomores Frank Lemos, John Varian and Tristan Eames for contributing to the team’s efforts this year.

“Brendan Gillaspy was dogged by injuries all year but we hope comes back strong next season,” Siebenberg said. “He will join a great group of freshman including Luke Howell, Evan Prater, and Austen Burgeno. These kids took some hits this year, but never folded. This younger team is made up of true baseball kids ... eager to play and be coached, they are looking forward knowing the team will get stronger every year. They have tremendous spirit and are fun to watch play.”

Siebenberg said the young players have great attitudes and the qualities coaches are looking for in Badger baseball.

Siebenberg encourages area baseball players to join the 17 and under team that will compete early this summer. Players interested in joining the team should contact Siebenberg at 7hills@sti.net.

The team’s end of season awards ceremony is at 6:30 p.m., April 21, at the Yosemite High School library.

YHS softball team

The Yosemite High softball team (5-19, 0-9 NSL) traveled to Washington Union on May 8 for its final game of the 2015 season. The Lady Badgers lost 10-0 to the Panthers in five innings, as Union’s Mikayla Deigan pitched a one hitter. Yosemite’s Hannah Hurtado singled to left field to lead off the fifth inning and break up Deigan’s no hitter.

The Badgers lost 15-0 to Chowchilla in five innings at home on May 5. Seniors, Emma Reda and Savannah Rich were honored before the game.

- Staff Report

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