East County Sports

Seidel takes no-no into 8th, Stars sweep

Stars sweep Clippers, 15-10, 6-4
By Nick Pellegrino
Special to East County Sports

BARONA INDIAN RESERVATION (6-12-2017) —- In his best start in a year, San Diego Stars pitcher Austin Seidel carried a no-hitter into the 8th inning Sunday (June 11), leading the Stars to a Western Baseball Association sweep of the West Coast Clippers at Stars Field.
Seidel registered eight strikeouts through seven innings, leaving a controversial hit/error call on an infield grounder in the 3rd inning as the lone near blemish to his no-hit bid. However, a walk and a clean double down the left-field line ended his effort in the 8th following more than 100 pitches.
It was Seidel’s best pitching effort since firing five innings of no-hit ball against the powerful and nationally ranked Alaska Goldpanners in the ballclub’s trip to Fairbanks last summer.
Seidel was staked to a 3-0 lead in the 1st, then 4-0 in the 3rd when attention focused on his dominating performance against the Clippers (basically, the summer squad for Palomar College).
After the Clips moved to within 4-3 in the 8th, the Stars answered with two runs. San Jose State transfer Eric De La Rosa blasted a triple to score pinch-hitter Ryan Culp (lead walk), then the former Spartan came home on a sacrifice fly by Michael Stowers.
In the high-scoring opener, West Coast mounted a 3-0 lead until the Stars exploded for seven runs in the 4th.
Dallas Seidel singled and scored to leadoff the frame, then added an RBI double to cap the outburst.
Later, Joey Krug homered down the left-field line in the 5th, then Shane Coleman (right field) and Michael Byerline (left) smashed back-to-back shots on the 8th to put the game out of reach for the Clippers, which swept four games from San Diego last season, but are no w0-2 this summer.
Krug finished with three hits and four RBI, while Ron Stokes added three RBI, featuring stand-up triple. The 16-hit attack made a winner for Stars pitcher Joe Viskas. Relief pitchers Clayton Horton and Michael Horton (save) combined to allow just two hits over the final 3 1/3 innings.
San Diego, which went 5-2 (302 WBA) on its season-opening homestand — the DH wth the San Diego Reign was postponed — next meet the San Diego Mavericks on Tuesday at their new home site: Olympian High in Chula Vista. Afterward, San Diego will host the Poway Crush at West Hills High on Wednesday. Both start at 5 p.m.

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