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111th annual Midnight Sun
game, ironically, suspended

By Nick Pellegrino
SDSW staff writer, www.sdsportswire.com

FAIRBANKS, ALaska (6-23-2016) — The San Diego Stars lsemipro baseball team arrived Thursday (June 23) to open a 7-game series against the historic Alaska Goldppanners, one of the oldest baseball organizations on the West Coast.

Last Saturday, the Panners hosted their 111th annual Midnight Sun baseball game. However, upon arrival, the Stars discovered the game was, ironically, suspended in the 7th inning due to darknes.

READ NOREL Midnight Sun suspended

It was only the second Midnight Sun game ever called due to the lack of light. The teams waited 30 minutes for the sun to rise above the horizon before continuing.

New-look Facer strokes
walk-off game winner

By Nick Pellegrino
SDSW staff writer, www.sdsportswire.com

BARONA INDIAN RESERVATION (6-22-2016) — San Diego Stars left fielder Curren Facer was relegated to No. 2 on the depth chart at Grossmont College, this past spring, hardly receiving an opportunity to play.

So when the Griffins made their first deep playoff run since the glory days of retired coach Ed Olsen, Facer worked on his game while others played in front of him. Then the frustration grew when he was called upon late in a third-round elimination game after the starter was slumping at 6-for-30 (with just one walk) as the lead-off hitter.

Obviously, Facer, who hadn't sniffed the field in nearly a month, went 0-for-2, ending the season with a dismal 117 batting average -- obviously not close to numbers he posted as a freshman or in high school.

A few four-year colleges still inquired on Facer's baseball condition, but they wanted to see more at the one place he could get help -- Facer was welcomed by the Stars, getting his swing re-tooled by owner/manager Mickey Deutschman.

On Wednesday (June 22), Facer was on display. as the clean-up hitter... and he did not disappoint.

In one ballgame, Facer matched his Grossmont season-total with three RBI, whipping a game-tying sacrifice fly in the 5th inning, then producing the walk-off, game-winning hit with a 2-run double in the 9th, powering the Stars to a 6-5 triumph over the San Diego Hustle in a non-league affair at Stars Field.

"I'm just here to win ballgames and that's what we're doing," said Facer of the 8-2-1 Stars. However, he needed to regain his confidence, too, following his personal lost season despite the success of the Griffins.

"I thought Curren was robbed on his first at-bat on a called strike three on the outside corner," said Mickey D. "But he kept his composure."

"He then lined a single, then with a runner on third and one out, he used his top hand and got a sac fly to tie the game -- he did an excellent job of hitting."

The Hustle, coached by former San Diego Surf Dawgz star Nick Guerra, posted single runs in the 7th and 8th to grab a 5-3 advantage, but the Stars came back.

Catcher Daniel Luckett overcame an early base-running blunder to stroke a lead triple in the 8th, scoring moments later on a Javi Gonzalez basehit to trim the deficit to 5-4.

In the 9th, Chris Allen reached on a lead bunt single, then Robby Scott walked while looking to bunt, but all of the pitches were up.

One out later, Facer drilled the ball to center field to score both Allen and Scott, helping the Stars end a mild 2-game winless (0-1-1) streak.

The Stars will fly out of Lindbergh Field on Thursday's evening, opening a 7-game series in Fairbanks on Friday against the Alaska Goldpanners, which just held its 111th annual Midnight Sun baseball game last Saturday.

  ALUMNI UPDATE  

Following another
poor start by Bosox
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Expect former Stars
pitcher O'Sullivan to
return to BOS
after
two victories in May

Under the Las Vegas lights,
Taijeron ready for The Show


By Nick Pellegrino
SDSW staff writer, www.sdsportswire.com

LAS VEGAS (6-17-2016) -— Former San Diego Stars slugger Travis Taijeron, the 2007 CIF San Diego Section Division I Player of the Year out of Granite Hills High, is now one step away from joining "the Show."

How a ballplayer from a baseball mecca such as San Diego County not get drafted is shocking. Two years in the community college ranks did Taijeron no benefit either. Then at Cal Poly Pomona, the catcher-outfielder was the California Collegiate Athletic Association player of the year.

Despite his baseball resume, scouts simply weren't interested.

Which is exactly had this Las Vegas Review Journal article talks about -- it may be time for the New York Mets to take notice and either promote Taijeron to the Big League club or trade him.

Only after he joined the Stars was Taijeron finally drafted, plucked right off Mickey D's roster in the 18th round of the 2011 draft by the Mets.

Over the past week in the Pacific Coast League, Taijeron is batting .450 with four home runs for the Las Vegas 51s.

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06/21/2016

Week of June 21, 2016

Sorry I couldn't get up to the field tonight. I have your itineraries and some baggage information. I am calling Alaska Airlines first thing in the morning to ask about packing bats, a team bag of bats perhaps, etc. Also, printing the boarding passes. A few things you need to know:
1) We are staying at a camp that is comprised of cabins or cottages. Please bring your own toiletries (shampoo, soap, etc.) because I don't know what they will have there.
2) It's in the upper 50's/low 60's so bring a jacket.
3) Bring a navy and red t-shirt to wear under your jersey. Same with belts and socks.
4) You may wish to pack some snacks for your cabin. You can check them in your bags or carry some on.
5) You can bring one carry-on bag. As for checked bags, see the document below. $25 per bag up to two bags. (50 lbs.) The Stars DID NOT pay for your bags.
6) You will need spending money for food, snacks, souvenirs, etc.
Please check back in the morning and I will post more information.

 
     

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Stars skipper Mickey Deutschman
elected to NSB Hall of Fame
 

Deutschman elected
to National Semipro
Baseball Hall of Fame

SANTEE (1-2-14) — Buoyed by his 1,000th career  victory in 2013, 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, 73, 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. More