Minarets advances, Yosemite falls in baseball playoffs

Thursday’s quarterfinal rounds in the Central Section playoffs had much different results for two high schools in Eastern Madera County, as the Minarets Mustangs rolled over Sierra Pacific 16-7 in D-V, while the Yosemite Badgers lost 19-1 to No. 1 seed Firebaugh in D-IV.

With the win, Minarets (18-8-1) face their own No. 1 seed in D-V Central Valley Christian (18-12) Wednesday. That game begins at 4:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to the division championship May 30.

For the No. 4 seeded Mustangs, the No. 5 Golden Bears (17-12-1) put up a fight until the fifth inning, when the bats of Minarets players caught fire for most of the team’s runs.

Freshman left-handed pitcher Aaron Hall started on the mound for Minarets, pitching five innings while allowing three runs. At the plate, Hall was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a double, Hunter Thompson was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a triple, and Christian Low was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.

Another freshman, Tyler Painter, closed out the game for the Mustangs.

Though the season ends for Yosemite (11-15), they scored a 4-1 victory over Dos Palos (11-12-2) in the opening rounds on May 16. It was the first playoff win for Yosemite since 2009-10, behind strong pitching from freshman Tyler Matyshock, who allowed one run in six innings.

Tyler Wallace helped out at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and RBI.

Then the Badgers faced one of the Central Section’s top teams in the Firebaugh Eagles (25-3).

Head coach JD Burnett said though that game was one sided, he was proud of his players, especially for being such a young team with only three seniors.

“Firebaugh was a tough opponent opponent operating on all cylinders,” Burnett said. “But I’m proud of the way our young team dealt with the adversity of our season and found a way to compete in a tough league, and won a playoff game.”

Firebaugh faced Exeter (19-10) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on their home field.

Staff report