Stars beat Mavs for 15th straight time

2019 SAN DIEGO STARS BASEBALL

By Nick Pellegrino
East County Sports staff writer
BARONA INDIAN RESERVATION (6-9-2019) – If you’ve heard of the “30 for 30” program on ESPN, the San Diego Stars are halfway there.

On Saturday (June 8), the Stars defeated the San Diego Mavericks for the 15th straight times since ’15, continuing their streak for scoring in double-digits with an easy 13-2 triumph at Stars Field.

No panic set in after the Mavericks, who were the home team but their field was unavailable, tallied twice in the first inning as the Stars answered with 13 unanswered runs in the one-sided Western Baseball Association victory.

“We’re just pounding the baseball,” said Stars interim skipper Sam Hughes, who is substituting alongside former San Jose State and San Diego Christian College pitcher Jeremiah Wylie while owner/manager Mickey Deutschman recovers from the flu. “I mean, we’re simply raking the ball.”

Hughes was speaking about the entire ballclub just as well as talking about Dallas Seidel, who collected his second straight 3-hit outing.

Seidel, the designated hitter, smashed line drives on all four trips to the plate. The first drive was gloved in the webbing by the Mavericks’ third baseman, followed by a double and singles, raising his summer batting average to a historically red-hot .667 mark.

“Dallas is showing the boys how to get the job done,” added Hughes. “He gets to wear the crown in the Stars dugout.”

In addition, shortstop Tristen Salinas, left fielder Ryan Major (Hilltop ’18) and catcher Tyler Lindsay also added two hits each.

The Stars (4-0 overall, 3-0 WBA) quickly tied the game in the second inning, then posted a resounding seven times in the fourth to continue their decade-long success over the Mavericks.

Meanwhile, Noah Quintana struck out seven Mavs over his first five innings to gain the triumph. Only one run allowed was earned.

The save went to Trevor Elliott, who registered all six of his outs on strikes. The product out of Mountain Empire High in San Diego’s backcountry finished third in the nation (according to MaxPreps) for the most strikeouts in high school baseball in 2019, earning a second-team berth on the All-San Diego Section baseball team, which was announced earlier in the week.

Elliott is still determining which college he will pitch for as an incoming freshman in the fall.

The Stars have reached double-digits in all of their victories this season. They seek to continue the streak on Sunday at noon, hosting the return of the South Bay Saints (CSU Dominguez Hills) to the WBA at Stars Field.

The winless Mavericks did not submit a roster. However, the team produced an RBI double in the first.

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