Yosemite High School (10-10, 4-7 North Sequoia League) blew open the fifth inning against Washington Union (10-11-2, 3-7 NSL) at home May 26, on the way to an 8-4 victory last week.
Starting sophomore pitcher Evan Prater led the Badgers for 5 1/3 innings and allowed four runs until freshman Jaeden Pierce took to the mound, closing out the game with three strikeouts.
Pierce was also strong at the plate, going 2-for-2 for three RBIs, including two in the fifth inning when he knocked in Logan Szabadi and Prater, who both singled. The Badgers bats fired up in that inning, as they scored five runs.
Szabadi was 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Austin Burgeno was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
The April 26 win follows a close 3-2 loss to Sierra High School Monday, in a makeup game due to a rainstorm April 22.
In that game, freshman Tyler Matyshock pitched a complete game for the Badgers, getting four strikeouts.
Pierce was 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI in that game.
Facing Washington Union (10-11-2, 4-7 NSL) again April 29, the Badgers fell 16-2.
They faced league leaders Kerman High School at home (18-7, 11-0 NSL) May 3, with scores unavailable at press time. The Badgers travel to Kerman May 5, and face Chowchilla (10-11, 4-7 NSL) on the road May 10.
Softball on six game losing streak
Yosemite High School’s softball team is looking for a rebound after they went on a tough road trip last week, losing to Washington Union 11-3 on Tuesday followed by a 12-0 shutout to Liberty on Friday.
Against Washington Union (7-13, 2-4 North Sequoia League) the Badgers (6-14, 0-6 NSL) fell behind quickly as the Panthers put up five runs in the first inning.
Yosemite sophomore Amaya Chenot was able to respond with her first home run of the year, and went 2-for-2 from the plate.
Senior shortstop Lynette Combs was 3-for-4 with a double, while junior catcher Katie Thompson was 2-for-4, but it wasn’t enough as the Panthers added six more runs in the sixth inning.
Liberty (19-4, 5-0 NSL) was an even tougher task, as the Hawks are making a strong bid to become NSL champions this season.
Yosemite faced another solid opponent in the Kerman Lions (13-10-1, 4-2 NSL) at home May 3. Scores were unavailable at press time.
The team will travel to face Kerman on Thursday, May 5. They will be on the road against Chowchilla (19-6-1, 4-2 NSL) May 10.