Stars capture pool play
Seeded No. 1 for Monday's Stars & Stripes final round
BARONA INDIAN RESERVATION (5-25-15) — The San Diego Stars semipro baseball team will be the top seed entering Monday's (May 25) championship round of the 5th annual Stars & Stripes Memorial Day Weekend Tournament after completing pool play with the top record.
The Stars captured the pool by taking Sunday's (May 24) final game by blanking the San Diego Hustle, 3-0.
Fueled by six solid innings by starting pitcher Hiro Kuzumi, four Stars hurlers combined on a 1-hit shutout of the Hustle
Kuzumi faced just two batters above the minimum, yielding a bloop single to center field by Parker Elkins (Cathedral Catholic '14) to open the 3rd inning. He also hit a batter in the 6th.
The Stars bullpen provided even better results.
After the first reliever was forced to leave the contest after just one batter when he tweaked an elbow when hitting a batter, left-handed Clinton Perez retired all six batter he faced.
Stars veteran Brian Sos, the ballcub's long-time first baseman for more than 20 seasons, took the mound in the 9th, retiring all three batters he faced.
For Sos, he becomes the Stars' oldest player to ever register a save, breaking the mark set by current Stars pitching coach Scott "Hoppy" Hopgood by four years.
For the Hustle, pitcher Alex Quinton (Bonita Vista) tossed all eight innings, yielding just one earned run in a complete-game effort.
The Stars and Hustle each finished pool play with 2-1 marks, with the Stars taking the head-to-head tiebreaker to gain the No. 1 seed for Monday's single-elimination knockouts.
Team San Diego (1-2) is the third seed by virtue of its victory over Huntington Beach.
MONDAY'S SCHEDULE Semifinals 9 a.m. - Stars vs. Huntington Beach 12:30 p.m. - Hustle vs. Team SD Championship 4 p.m. - Semifinals winners
In earlier tournament action:
Stars 8, Team San Diego 2 -- Down 1-0 early, the Stars scored eight consecutive times, including four runs in the 8th inning to take their first game on Saturday (May 23).
The big blow featured a bases-loaded triple by infielder Javi Gonzales. He scored moments later on a wild pitch.to cap a fine day at the plate. Gonzales batted 3-for-3 with two walks and scored twice.
Shane Coleman allowed just one run and four hits over five innings to gain the pitching victory.
Huntington Beach Tigers 7, Stars 3 -- The Tigers posted their first-ever victory over the Stars in 9 tries when "Ray" Reynaldo (Clark University) smacked a 3-run double in the 7th to break open a 3-3 ballgame in Saturday's late contest.
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