East County Sports

Seidel has eighth HR of summer in win


East County Sports staff report

SANTEE (7-22-2018) — It came as easy as 1-2-3… four!
The San Diego Stares again demonstrated a double-digit display of offense, at one point scoring 10 consecutive runs – one in the 1st inning, two in the 2nd, three in the 5th and, finally, four more in the 6th – to again dispatch the San Diego Mavericks, 13-4, at West Hills High.
Dallas Seidel punched is club-leading 8th home run for the Stars, while a parade of six pitchers gained some work in for preparation of Sunday’s annual regular-season closing series with the San Diego Waves, the leaders in the American Division of the Western Baseball Association.
The triumph by the Stars, champions of the WBA National Division more than three weeks ago, was enough to sweep the 7-game summer series, posting 87 runs (12.4 average) in the matchup.
To be fair to the Mavericks, they were an 11th Hour replacement for the West Coast Clippers of Temecula, a ballclub which decided to “bail” — as one WBA official stated while asking not to be named — and not drive the 60 miles from southwest Riverside County. The Clippers are second in the WBA American, yet a daunting 9.5 games behind the Waves.
It’s not like the Clippers can’t be competitive with the Stars (25-3 overall, 18-0 WBA). They were the club which snapped the Stars season-opening winning streak after 18 consecutive triumphs, winning at the NBC Western Regional to close June.
The Stars saw 11 players hit safely in mounting an 18-hit attack against the Mavericks, including a 3-for-4 effort by first baseman Shane Coleman in his first action in three weeks.
Meanwhile, the Stars catchers combined to bat -for-7, including three hits by Brady Joslyn and two more by Hank Gonzalez.
Then there was the home run by Seidel, the Stars right fielder,  who sent a 3-run shot to the parking lot in the 6th to make it 9-1. For those players with enough official plate appearances, Seidel now leads the club with a .458 batting average and an .847 slugging percentage.

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