Liberty sweeps Badger baseball

Yosemite High School’s baseball team dropped two games to the Hawks of Liberty-Madera Ranchos last week, losing 13-5 on April 12 and 2-1 on April 15.

In the first game, played at Liberty’s home field, the Badgers (8-8, 2-5 North Sequoia League) were unable to contain solid batting from Caleb Wiens and Michael Sassano, who were both 3-for-3, combining for five RBIs.

The Badgers looked to rebound in the second game, and actually held the lead 1-0 after the fifth inning on their own field. But the Hawks (11-5, 4-3 NSL) scored two runs in the top of the sixth for the win.

Tyler Matyshock threw a complete game for the Badgers, allowing one hit with seven strikeouts. Matyshock also was 2-for-3 batting with two singles.

Head coach JD Burnett said Matyshock even took a line drive to the stomach, but managed to continue the game, which showed resilience behind the mound.

Dylan Rounsville scored the only Badger run after hitting a double, stealing third, and scoring on an errant throw to the Liberty catcher.

Chase Hatleli, called up from JV early last week, singled in his first varsity at bat.

Yosemite played Sierra (8-8, 2-5 NSL) Tuesday (score not available at press time), and will travel to Sierra for a 4 p.m. game Friday.

JV team splits wins with Liberty

The Badgers JV team started out the week with a 13-2 loss to Liberty-Madera Ranchos, with Chase Hatleli as starting pitcher. He gave up three hits and one run in the first inning.

The Badgers got two hits of their own in the first but couldn’t produce any runs until the third, when Chris Ward hit a double to left field which scored two runners. With the Hawks up to bat in the bottom of the third, Hatleli walked four and gave up three more runs before Paul Antonis relieved him. After throwing just one pitch, Badgers right fielder Noah McIntyre turned a double play on a fly ball and a throw to first to end the inning.

Antonis pitched a solid two-plus innings only giving up one run.

The Hawks bats were heated up when Ty Peterson entered the game in the sixth, teeing off for eight hits and as many runs.

Designated hitter Clayton Elrod went 3-for-3 and second baseman Ward went 2-for-4 with two RBI’s.

Friday the Badgers hosted Liberty, with Ravi Neill on the mound. The Hawks started with a double, scoring one in the first, then Neill settled in, recording four strikeouts and zero hits through the third.

Yosemite started the third off with a single by McIntyre, who then tied the game up at 1-1 off a single by Henry Curley. Liberty answered with a double, a single and a sacrifice fly to go up by one in the top of the fourth inning.

Ward singled in the bottom of the inning and scored on a tricky double steal catching the Hawks off balance, with Elrod stealing second and Ward stealing home. Ward relieved Neill in the fifth inning, shutting the door on Liberty giving up just one hit, with six strikeouts.

With the game tied at two all in the bottom of the fifth, catcher Ryan O’Meara and Curley both got on base on Liberty errors, followed by a walk to Sage Crosswhite, loading the bases for Ward with one out.

Ward then hit a double to right field scoring two and that was all the Badgers needed to get the 4-2 win. This game was won on the outstanding pitching by Neill in 4 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits, and four strike outs. The win went to Ward after giving up just one hit in 2 1/3 innings, with six strikeouts.

Softball team loses twice

The Yosemite softball team (6-10, 0-2 NSL) was on the wrong end of two lopsided games last week, losing to Liberty (15-4, 2-0 NSL) 19-0, and to Kerman (11-8-1, 2-0 NSL) 20-0.

The team played Sierra Tuesday and host Chowchilla (17-4-1, 2-0 NSL) Friday.

Staff Report