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Stars, Waves poised for NBCWS trip



Special to East County Sports.com


ESCONDIDO (7-26-2018) – A pair of the best summer collegiate baseball programs in Southern California – the San Diego Stars and San Diego Waves – both qualified for the National Baseball Congress World Series.


However. both squads earned the more prestigious Week 2 berths, while the San Diego Reign only gained a Week 1 berth and start action this weekend Meanwhile, the Stars and Waves won’t play any sort of contest or upwards of 13 days. So they did something about it.

With full rosters and every pitcher available, both staffs combined to allow a mere five base hits, with the lone run coming unearned based on three errors in the fourth inning, giving the Waves a 1-0 decision over the Stars at Escondido High School.

Waves outfielder Jimmy McLenaghan was the lone player to score.

After reaching on an infield error t open the fourth “J-Mac” advanced to second base on a throwing error on a failed pick-up, then to third base on another infield error –the third of four Stars miscues in the ballclubs’ first night game of the season. And after a Waves batter was hit by a pitch, the run came home on a double-play grounder.

Not exactly exciting, but the run proved to be the difference.

Stars first baseman Ty Andrews registered the only two hits for the Stars, stroking base hits in the second and eighth innings. Both times, he was wiped out n double plays.

Five stars pitcher – Jeremiah Wylie (2-2 innings), Michael Byerline (2.0), Dalton Manley (1.2), Ryan Skillman (1.0) and Michael Horton (0.2) – were utilized without allowing an earned run.

Note: McLenaghan once played at San Joaquin Delta College, a community college in Stockton, where Mustangs head coach Pat Doyle was recently announced as an inductee to the ABCA Hall of Fame.

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