The Yosemite Badgers baseball team came close to besting North Sequoia League’s undefeated powerhouse Kerman High School twice last week, but fell short of victory in a 4-3 loss May 3, and a 3-2 defeat May 5.
In the May 5 away game, Yosemite (10-12, 4-9 NSL) took an early lead, scoring two in the first to Kerman’s lone run in the bottom of the inning.
That lead held until the bottom of the sixth, when the Lions (20-7, 13-0 NSL) were able to rally their bats behind Marcus Davis and Sean Chambers, both 2-for-4 with a double and RBI in the game, and Isaiah Daniel who was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
On the Badgers side, Evan Prater was 3-for-4 with a double, Brian Mularkey was 2-for-3 with a double and RBI, and John Varian was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Starting Yosemite pitcher Jaeden Pierce came away with the loss, while Eddie Rodriguez earned the win for the Lions on the mound.
The Badgers close out the season against Chowchilla at home, 4 p.m. Friday.
Softball seeks first NSL win
Yosemite’s softball team (6-16, 0-8 NSL) also had a tough week, losing to Kerman 12-0 May 3 and Sierra High School 10-0 May 9.
Against Kerman (14-10-1, 5-2 NSL), the Badgers quickly fell behind, as the Lions scored six runs through the first two innings.
Starting Pitcher Michaela Gray faced a strong lineup of Kerman batters, including Brenna Cortez who was 3-for-4, and Tiffany Garza, 2-for-2 with an RBI.
Facing Sierra (5-8, 3-5 NSL), the Badgers gave up five runs in the first inning, and were unable to score.
Yosemite’s Angelina McBride was 2-for-3, and Amaya Chenot added a double.
The Badgers close out the season with a home game against Washington Union Friday.