East County Sports

Stars sweep Reign in WBA twinbill


By Nick Pellegrino
East County Sports staff writer

BARONA INDIAN RESERVATION (6-16-2019) – The brief storm passed over Stars Field on Saturday (June 15), when the San Diego Reign tallied five quick runs (four unearned) over the first three innings of a Western Baseball Association doubleheader.
However, the Reign passed quietly when the San Diego Stars out-scored the visitors by a composite count of 26-6 over the balance of the afternoon, as the unbeaten Stars coasted to victories of 15-10 and 13-1.
The Stars (9-0) are now 6-0 in WBA South play.
Game One
Catcher Tyler Lindsay cracked a 2-run homer, while designated hitter Dallas Seidel belted a 3-run triple, powering the San Diego Stars to a Game One triumph.
Lindsay’s home run down the left-field line came in the third inning, trimming the deficit to 5-4. The Stars then scored twice in the fourth to grab the lead, the exploded for nine runs in the fifth, including Seidel’s shot to right field to clear the loaded bases, expanding the margin to 15-6. Seidel batted 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, but it actually lowered his batting average to .526 this summer.
Starting pitcher Bailey Roberson tossed four innings, but four unearned runs left him with no decision. Thus, the victory went to reliever Austin Seidel in his first outing of the summer. The younger of the Seidel brothers has announced his retirement from the Stars, but he regained the itch and pitched well in his one inning, allowing just one unearned run.
In addition, shortstop Josh Mazzola knocked in a pair of runs, as did right fielder Cabot Von Til.
Game Two

Alex Golembiewski (Mater Dei Catholic) drove in three runs on 2-for-3 hitting, as the Stars roled in seven innings. Meanwhile, Stars pitchers combined on a 2-hitter.


Tristan Salinas (Santana) yielded just one hit over his five innings for the victory. Josh Verdon (Granite Hills) went the final two frames.


In addition, 35-year old Varum LAST (Rancho Bernardo/San Francisco State), after getting hit by a pitch in his first two plate appearances earlier in the summer, made his first official at-bat a good one, lining a single to left field.

The Stars lead the all-time series with the Reign, 9-1, although the Reign did equal a club record for runs against the Stars, although four runs were unearned.
The Stars continued their homestand Sunday at noon, hosting North County’s Southern California Gorillas at Stars Field

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