Stars win in repeat performance
BARONA INDIAN RESERVATION (7-18-15) ---- In a repeat from Wednesday's outing, the San Diego Stars semipro baseball team again rallied from a series of early unearned runs, storming back for a victory.
On Thursday (July 17), Shane Coleman tossed the Stars' first complete game of the season, yielding just a pair of earned runs in a 9-6 triumph over the visiting San Diego Mavericks at Stars Field.
The decision gives the Stars the advantage over the Mavs in the summer season series, 3-1, moving the Stars (24-7-1 overall, 9-4 WBA South) to within one game of the first-place San Diego Waves. The Stars and Waves meet three times over the final week of the season, starting with Saturday's noon doubleheader at Stars Field.
Coleman struck out 10 batters over his nine innings, getting stronger as the ballgame progressed. Among the seven hit allowed by the left-handed, only three came over the final six frames, including one the 9th inning which was quickly erased on a game-ending double play to shortstop Javi Gonzales.
The defense also sparkled following early troubles, including a pair of fiving catches by center fielder Alex Scalco.
A resident at BIR, Scalco made a solid turnaround after suffering troubles in the outfield just 24 hours earlier.
"He had trouble the night before but made the adjustments necessary to have a great game and make some key plays," said Stars owner/manager Mickey Deutschman.
Deutschman kept Scalco in Wednesday's game, then gave him the start against the Mavericks.
The West Hills High graduate, who just accepted an offer from Westmont University, twice raced to the left-center field gap to complete fully-extended, diving grabs. He also produced a key squeeze bunt, when the Stars scored four times in the 2nd inning to tie the contest.
Scalco becomes the seventh player from West Hills to accept a college scholarship -- he will major in engineering and physics -- although the Wolf Pack amazingly failed to win league or even qualify for the playoffs in anything but an "enjoyable experience" this past spring.
Yes, the school is in the process of seeking a new coaching staff.
The bottom four of the Stars batting order produced six runs scored, including a pair by Javi Castro, then capped by a booming, pinch-hit triple by Daniel Luckett. He would score on the next pitch when catcher Bubba Craig smartly grounding to the right side.
Meanwhile, Clinton Perez batted 3-for-3 with a 2-run double to tie the game in the 2nd, then walked twice in reaching base on all five plate appearances. An inning later, third baseman Klye Abblitt rocked a another 2-run double to give the Stars the lead for keeps.
Perez triples ignite the Stars
BARONA INDIAN RESERVATION (7-15-15) ---- Left fielder Clinton Perez stroked a pair of early triples to grab a commanding lead, powering the San Diego Stars semipro baseball team to a wire-ti-wire victory over the Southern California SKLZ of Poway, 7-3, in Tuesday's (July 14) Western Baseball Association ballgame at Stars Field.
Perez first 3-base hit capped a 3-run outburst in the 1st inning, although he was out at the plate in an attempt for an inside-the-park home run.
Two innings later, Perez found the gap in right-center field, ignited a 2-run rally went staked the Stars (23-7-1 overall, 8-4 WBA South) to a 5-0 cushion. Perez also singled in a 3-for-4 outing.
Meanwhile, starting pitching Billy Flamion fired four innings of shutout ball, allowing just a pair of bloop singles which barely eluded the Stars infield. He also struck out seven batters and picked off a runner at first base.
The SKLZ aided the hosts cause by committing six errors.
On Monday (July 13), the Stars also won a late-added ballgame to their schedule, downing the South Coast Clippers, 11-6, at Palomar College.