San Diego - Barona Stars

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Koizumi Honors Parents in Stars Shutout

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---- It was an extremely long day for San Diego Stars knuckleball specialist Hiro Koizumi.

Awakening early, Koizumi went to the airport for the arrival of his parents from their home in Japan. A short nap later, it was off to the ballpark.

Hiro was already scheduled to pitch, but not to start," said owner/manager Mickey Deutschman. "When I heard his parents were here to watch him pitch, I had to hand him the ball."

Deutschman, who is old enough to remember motion pictures from the black-and-white era, must love a Hollywood ending. Facing his former summer season team, Koizumi was told to "last as long as you can."

Koizumi did, with grand results.

Thee 27-year old lasted into the 6th inning tossing 4-hit ball, as three Stars pitchers combined in an 11-0 blanking of the San Diego Mavericks in Tuesday's (June 23) Western Baseball Association action.

Cody Sos aided the effort with a pait of home runs, including a 3-run shot to open the scoring in the 1st, while Devin Carter also homered in his Stars debut.

The triumph moved the Stars (17-5-1 overall, 7-3 WBA) alone into first place in the South Division.

Koizumi yielded just two basehits through five innings, recording five pop outs and a double-play grounder. But when he allowed consecutive basehits to open the 6th, the Stars bullpen again responded.

Entering with two runners in scoring position, Shane Coleman immediately struck out the next three Mavericks to halt the threat.

Coleman would strike out five in his two frames, then Billy Flamion issued three more strikeouts in the 8th when the contest was called.

Sos took advantage to get the Stars rolling.

Clinton Perez was hit by a pitch with two outs. Randy Joung muscled a basehit over the infield, then Sos delivered a 3-run home run to left field. He added a solo shot to open the 5th to make it 5-0.

In the 7th, Carter went deep over the tall, 12-foot fence in center field in his first official Stars at bat. Carter initially walked as a pinch-hitter in the 5th, then later added an RBI single to cap a 4-run rally in the 8th.

Sos finished 3-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored. Perez reach five times on a double, three walks and getting pucked in the 1st.

For Sos, you can come home again

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EL CAJON (6-19-15)
---- Brian Sos, a 20-plus-year veteran on the San Diego Stars semipro baseball team, learned his baseball career may come full circle.

Returning to the field where he first became part of East County's baseball consciousness, Sos delivered a pinch-hit leadoff double, when the Stars scored three times in the 9th inning to again subdue Team San Diego, 6-4, in Thursday (June 18) Western Baseball Association ballgame.

It's the second consecutive week the Stars rallied in their final at-bat to defeat Team San Diego. On June 9, Jared Hunt smashed a 3-run triple in a 10-9 lights-out triumph at Barona.

Sos, in returning to historic Noel Mickelson Field-at-Grossmont College where he set the Griffins' career RBI record in just a single season, was talking to his (much) younger teammates about how the art of hitting has changed since he was first taught by California Hall of Fame skipper Ed Olsen (516-373-7).

Then Sos demonstrated his ability by crunching the first pitch of the 9th to the right-center field fence.

Later in the decisive 9th, Randy Joung would walk with the bases loaded to tie the contest at 4-all.

Team San Diego summoned its third relief pitcher over the final two innings, however, Jorge Garcia also walked to force home the go-ahead run. Stars RBI leader Curran Facer was then struck by a pitch for another run.

Facer also beat out an infield single in the 1st for a run and a quick 2-0 Stars lead. Roman Garcia got the first RBI with a bases-loaded walk.

While the TSD bullpen struggled again, Stars relief pitcher Michael Byerline continues to make strides.

Hours after receiving his diploma from Grossmont High, Byerline completed a stint of 3 2/3 innings of shutout ball to gain his first WBA triumph.

After entering with two runners on and just one out in the 6th, Byerline needed just two pitches to escape to keep It a 4-3 ballgame.

Pitch One saw TSD attempt a squeeze bunt. The Stars catcher missed the tag when chasing the runner, but recovered in time to fire the ball to Byerline to register the out at the plate. Pitch Two resulted in an easy ground out to second baseman Miguel Solano.

Byerline finished by allowing just two hits. Upon entering, he registered seven straight outs, then a baseball was quickly erased on a double play grounder to shortstop Cody Castro to end the 8th.

TSD gained a leadoff baserunner on s hit batsman in the 9th. However, Byerline coaxed a strikeout, ground out and pop out to close it out.

Nine different Stars contributed to s 10-hit attack, but Castro was the lone player with multiple hits, going 2-for-4.

The other Stars run came on a two-out rsally in the 6th, when Cody Sos gained an jnfield single, stole second base, then came home on a sharp basehit to center by right fielder Tito Montano.

The Stars are now 17-4-1 this summer; 6-3 in WBA South Division play.

In Friday's finale of the 2-game series, Team San Diego scored in the bottom of the12th inning to claim a 5-4 decision to gain a split

Notes: Olsen turned 80 last week! He played nine seasons of minor league ball with the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees and Kansas City A's organizations. He coached at El Capitan High for a decade, then 22 seasons for the Griffins.

Perez, Stars bullpen mute the Mavs

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---- Multi-purpose performer Clinton Perez drove in four runs Tuesday (June 16), including three on a bases-loaded triple when the San Diego Stars scored five times in the 1st inning, downing the visiting San Diego Mavericks, 10-6, in a wire-to-wire Western Baseball Association triumph at Stars Field.

Moments after Michael Lang singled home Kyle Abblitt to open the scoring, Perez found the gap in deep left-center field for a 4-0 lead. Cody Sos followed with an RBI double to score Perez for a 5-run cushion which the Stars (16-4, 5-2 WBA) held the rest of the afternoon.

Perez later doubled home Curran Facer in the 3rd.

In the 7th, Randy Joung and Facer each drilled solo home runs to make a winner of Stars pitcher Allan Strong, who allowed just one run (unearned) in four solid innings of work.

Shane Coleman (three strikeouts) and Austin Seidel (three groundouts) added one shutout inning each to close out the win, both going 1-2-3 in allowing the Stars to even the season series with the Mavs at 1-1.

Abblitt, the leadoff batter, went 2-for-4 and scored three times, while second baseman Jared Hunt batted 3-for-5.

Stars walk past the System

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---- The San Diego Stars semipro baseball team took advantage of the under-manned Steele Canyon System, mounting an easy 11-1 lead in eventually taking an 11-5 decision in Western Baseball Association action Wednesday (June 11) at Stars Field.

System pitching yielded 21 free passes (16 walks, 5 hit batters) to the Stars, which pulled away early by scoring four times in the top of the 1st inning, the three more times in the 3rd in the cakewalk.

Leadoff hitter Kyle Abblitt stroke a pair of 2-run singles, while Cole Pendleton and Cody Sos each registered 2-run basehits.

Meanwhile, Stars starting pitching Hiro Koizumi yielded just one run on one hit through his four innings of work. In the 5th, he allowed the first three batters to single to left field, but escaped the jam on a force play at the plate, then a double play grounder in gaining the victory.

The game was a System home game, but the location was moved due to graduation ceremonies at Steele Canyon High, the new home for the System.

The Stars (2-1 WBA, 9-3 overall) host the Huntington Beach Tigers in a non-conference game Thursday, then return to WBA play Friday by again meeting the System.

Come on out and enjoy some ball at the Barona Ballpark!


The San Diego Stars are a member of the Western Baseball Association (WBA)

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July 4th Tournament (Updated)

Tournament this weekend. NBC qualifying tourney. Stars play Friday at 10:00am and 5:000pm, Saturday at 1:30 and possibly 2 games on Sunday, based upon seeding results. Games Friday and Saturday will be at Barona. Gate fee will be $5.

Please be sure to bring your blue jersey, as Mickey requested Monday.

San Diego Stars’ Mission Statement

It is the pledged mission of the San Diego Barona Stars to provide and foster a positive environment for young men who aspire to higher education and/or professional baseball within the framework of competition. The San Diego Barona Stars are committed to maintaining a foundation principled on teamwork, goodwill, development of relationships and hard work ethics, with the expressed goal to serve as role models to the youth of America - in sports as well as life in general.


Stars skipper Mickey Deutschman
elected to NSB Hall of Fame

Deutschman elected to Semipro Baseball Hall of Fame

By Nick Pellegrino
© East County

SANTEE (1-2-14) ” Buoyed by his 1,000th career  victory last summer, MICKEY DEUTSCHMAN, the owner/manager  of the San Diego Stars semipro baseball team, has been  named as part of the Class of 2014 to the National Semipro  Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Hall, an online entity for more than a decade,  will open its doors for the fist time this Thanksgiving  weekend in Evansville, Ind. An enshrinement dinner will  feature 10 new honorees.

Deutschman, 70, took over the then Santee Stars in  1984, immediately guiding the team to a fifth-place  finish at the National Baseball Congress World Series.  In his 30 seasons, his ballclub has qualified for two  dozen NBC appearances, thanks to numerous NBC regional  and league championships.

Deutschman's exploits both on the field and administratively  have been known for years. More than dozen former Stars  players have played in Major League baseball; ,many  more have earned college scholarships.

"All across the country, you only find a guy like  Mickey once every 500 miles," said Tim Turbin,  curator of the new museum. "The Hall began online  12 years ago, but we will open an all-brick facility,  Mickey is definitely a deserving member."

The Stars were founded in 1981 by Marty Nellis and  Pete Jernigan. Three years later, Deutschman asked to  become involved.

"They said, 'Give us $4,000 because we need new  uniforms,'" Deutschman mused. "By the end  of the year, I was in control of the ballclub."

The Stars have also captured several international  tournaments, and once defeated Team USA at the 1998  NBC World Series in Wichita, Kan. The ballclub also  has defeated national teams from Taiwan, Canada and  Australia, and played against squads from Cuba (when  they were ranked No. 1in the world), China, Japan and  other countries.

Deutschman will find his name and likeness ingraved  on a shining square-foot piece of black marble and placed  along side with the other inductees.

Deutschman supports the Stars himself from proceeds  from Air Santee and Temperature Control, his locally  owned and operated heating and air conditioning companies.