After starting the season 2-4, the Yosemite High baseball team (6-4, 0-1 NSL) went on a hitting streak, scoring 57 runs in four games March 19-23 on its way to the championship at the the Ron Robinson Spring Classic Baseball Tournament in Woodlake.
Yosemite opened the tournament with a 14-4 win over Farmersville, followed with wins over Kennedy High (12-1), Orosi (15-5), and Kern Valley (16-5).
The fifth annual tournament is named after longtime coaching icon Ron Robinson, took. The tournament featured 12 teams from the Central Section that competed over the four-day event.
The Badgers dominated the tournament from start to finish, scoring 57 runs and allowing only 15 in four games. In fact, the Badgers bats were so hot, the 10-run mercy rule was used to end each of the four games in the fifth inning.
“The dominant performance of our team in this tournament will serve as a good confidence builder as we move forward in league play with this young team,” said first year coach JD Burnett.
The Badgers not only start but rely heavily on two freshman and four sophomores on the team.
To win the tournament, the Badgers faced the Kern Valley Broncos of the High Desert League. The Broncos have a history of success, going 8-2 in league last season, and they came into the championship game with a 4-1 record. Their coaching staff has been together for more than a decade, creating a well coached and disciplined program.
The game was the Badger’s biggest challenge of the tournament. After three innings the Broncos had a 5-4 lead on the young Badgers, but Yosemite turned things around quickly, exploding for eight runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Freshman Tyler Matyshock faced only four batters in the top of the fourth, striking out two of them. In the bottom of the fourth, he accumulated three RBIs with a base-clearing triple, which paved the way to the eight run inning.
At the end of the fourth inning, the score was 12-5. Sophomore and championship Player of the Game, Austin Burgeno, pitched the fifth inning and retired the side with seven pitches.
Burgeno went 2-for-2 at the plate, with four RBIs, two runs, two base on balls, a triple, and a home run. The two run walk off home run came in the bottom of the fifth inning with Yosemite up by nine, giving the Badgers the convincing 16-5 win and the championship trophy.
“The walk off homer was the perfect way to end an amazing tournament for our team.” Burnett concluded.
Matyshock named tournament MVP
Matyshock, 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, had a great four games, and was named tournament MVP going 8-for-14 (.571) at the plate with 12 RBIs, and nine runs scored from five doubles, two triples and one home run.
Matyshock was also the winning pitcher in the championship game, allowing three earned runs and recording seven strikeouts in four innings of work.
“Tyler is a special player, with a tremendously competitive nature, and amazing work ethic,” Burnett said.
Not to be outdone by his freshman teammate, one of two starting seniors, Logan Szabadi also had an outstanding tournament.
The first baseman, who bats fifth in the lineup, went 11-for-15 (.733)with 11 RBIs and nine runs scored on seven singles, and four doubles. He played every inning in the four games without an error.
“It’s always good when you have a hard-working senior, with a great attitude, that you want the young guys to emulate,” Burnett said. “In addition to his hot bat, Logan made some great plays at first.”
The team hosted Kerman (8-7, 1-0 NSL) March 30, and travels to Chowchilla (7-4, 1-0 NSL) for a 4 p.m. May 5, and to Washington Union (6-5-2, 0-1 NSL) May 8. The Badgers are at home at 4 p.m. on May 15 against Liberty (8-2, 1-0 NSL). In the league opener for both teams, Liberty beat Yosemite 8-6 on March 17.