Former Badgers play in alumni game

Twenty-three former Badger baseball players returned to Yosemite High May 16 for the annual alumni game, raising funds for the school’s baseball program, and the Yosemite Colts travel teams. Players spanned the program from 1994 to 2014.

In what was a very competitive game on a beautiful spring day, the ‘Young Guns’ came away with the 10-6 win over the ‘Big Timers.’

Held on the varsity field, the players from Badger baseball’s past assembled once again for the benefit game. The ‘Big Timers’ infield consisted of of Bob Denson at third, Derek O’Reilly at short, Corey Miller at second, Jeff Bell at first, with recently retired major league pitcher Ted Lilly on the mound, and Sammy Duvall behind the plate.

“This game is always very competitive, but this year the ‘Young Guns’ just swung the bat a little better,” said Bob Siebeberg, YHS baseball coach.

Lilly pitched five innings in the game. In a moment he will undoubtedly remember for life, McKay Glines took Lilly deep for a home run over the right field fence.

In addition to Lilly, Denson, O’Reilly, Miller, Bell, and Duvall, other ‘Big Timers’ playing in the game were Michael Lagow, Shawn Spurgeon, Ryan Olson, Cody Goodwin, Chris Day, and Chris Reiche.

The ‘Young Guns’ team was made up of Ryan ‘Bubba’ Brower, Derrick Mello, McKay Glines, Joe Doering, Garrett Yoder, Stewart Carlson, Jordan Creamer, Alex Burgeno, Trevor Smith, and Nick Criswell.

The game was followed with a barbeque that provided players and coaches a chance to reminisce and catch up on each other’s lives.

“The game will be held roughly the same time next year at Yosemite,” Siebeberg said. “The same place these players all developed their skills and dreamed their dreams of one day playing professional baseball.”

The game was sponsored by the Yosemite Baseball Boosters Club, who also provided the barbeque lunch.

- Staff Report