East County Sports

Stars deliver against No. County Gorillas

The Stars in action on Sunday.

2021 SAN DIEGO STARS BASEBALL

 

By Nick Pellegrino
ECS staff writer

LAKESIDE —- Like father, like son, San Diego Stars shortstop¬†Tristen Salinas sure know how to deliver.

Salinas, who drove in two runs in playing only half of Saturday’s summer season-opening win, doubled his total on Sunday (June 13), collecting four RBI in the Stars comfortable 14-6 pasting of the North County Gorillas at El Capitan High’s Hostetler Field.

Salinas produced an RBI single in the first, a two-run double in the fourth, then walked with the bases loaded when the Stars tallied six times in the sixth to blow the game open with a 14-3 advantage.

Meanwhile, Dallas Seidel continues his love-fest hitting at “The Hos.” Seidel, a 10-year veteran of the Stars, belted his second home run in as many days, plus a pair of doubles — one just missed going out —¬† in a 3-for-4 outing.

The Gorillas (also known as the Bulldogs; the unofficial summer league program for Palomar College) saw its first batter homer on a 1-0 pitch.

However, Seidel immediately answered with his leadoff homer in the bottom half of the frame, as the Stars countered for a 5-1 lead. Included were consecutive run-scoring doubles by a pair of West Hills High alums – Noah Quintana and Andrew Ritayik (who attended Palomar this past school year).

Afterward, the contest became real ugly, as Gorillas pitching walked 13 total batters (a dozen by the bullpen), including six in the sixth, with a pair of the free passes forcing in runs.

Stars pitcher Luke Gentry, who never won a game while attending Christian High, showed he’s a late-bloomer who can help the ballclub contend in the Western Baseball Association this summer. Gentry pitched five solid innings, striking out six Gorillas batters to earn the victory.

The Stars (2-0) continue the homestand with games on Tuesday and Wednesday, both at 4:30 p.m.

Star Stats: Seidel now has three doubles and two homers in two contests. He is batting .556 (5-for-9), but his slugging percentage is a whopping 1.556.

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