East County Sports

Krug has nine-RBI game for Stars

San Diego Stars celebrate during a home run on Saturday. / Vic Marano

A Stars player connects on a home run on Saturday. / Ken Todd



From staff and wire reports

LAKESIDE —-  When the San Diego Stars summer collegiate baseball team learned their five-game losing streak equaled the program’s longest in a decade, they promptly did something about it– and in a big way, especially by Joey Krug.

A third baseman, Krug (West Hills) equaled a club record with nine RBI in the first game of the doubleheader, then drove in a 10th run in the Saturday’s (June 26) nightcap, as the Stars exploded for 34 runs over a pair of 7-inning, run-rule contests to wipe out the West Coast Clippers of Temecula in Western Baseball Association action, 22-6 and 14-7.

Krug slugged a three-run double in the fourth, scoring moments later on a Danny Zapeda. homer. Krug also belted a 3-run homer, then added a solo shot in the second game.

Clearly, Krug loves playing at El Capitan High’s Hostetler Field. His career-best in high school was six RBI in a game against the host Vaqueros as a senior back in 2015.

The Stars’ Dallas Seidel slides into second base against the Clippers. / Vic Marano

Meanwhile, Stars outfielder/assistant coach Dallas Seidel batted 6-for-9 over the two games, Ever since his season-long hitting streak was snapped last weekend, Seidel is batting .571 (12-for-21) over four starts.

Although the Clips were the home team, the twin bill was held at Hostetler Field because of youth tournaments in southwest Riverside County.

G1: Stars 22, Clippers 6

Krug’s first home run on the afternoon — a three-run shot — highlighted a 10-run outburst in the sixth inning, as the Stars doubled their score from 10 to 20 runs.

The first six batters in the batting order went a composite 17-for-31 (.545), including five hits by Seidel (one short of the club record), four from Krug, and three each by Luke Arias and Zapeda.

Kai Dennis gained the pitching victory, while the bullpen came through with two solid innings from Luke Gentry.

A Stars player delivers a pitch on Saturday at El Capitan High. / Vic Marano.

G2: Stars 14, Clippers 7

Krug smacked his fourth homer of the summer to share the club lead, but Seidel broke the deadlock with his fifth homer, as the Stars mounted a 13-4 lead through four frames in another boat race.

Austin Seidel pitched the first three frames, getting pulled when the contest became a rout.

From the ‘pen, Slater Putland tossed the final four frames for the win. Putland pitched for the Stars during the 2013 NBC World Series.

The Stars (7-5 overall, 6-5 WBA) return home on Thursday (July 1), hosting the San Diego Crush of Poway at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.


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