East County Sports

Stars power proves the perfect marriage



ECS staff report

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LAKESIDE — According to the adage, what do you offer as a gift to a bride: “something old” and “something new.”

The “new” came in the form of a 3-run homer by San Diego Stars rookie Camden Sos. The old” came from Stars veteran Ryan Culp, who marked his return to the summer collegiate ballclub with a 2-run homer, as the Stars tallied five times in the second inning to down the San Diego School of Baseball, 5-4, in the second game of Saturday’s (June 25) non-conference doubleheader.

SDSOB took the opener, 13-9, breaking a tied contest with four runs in the seventh inning.

Sos, a Granite Hills standout, took his shot to center field. The blast a lead walk to Brady Joslyn, then Andrew Ritayik was plunked by a pitch.

So when the SDSOB pitcher tried to re-locate the strike zone, his first offering to Sos was smoked for a 3-0 lead.

Later in the inning, with two downs and one one base, Culp took a 2-2 pitch and also went to center field and a 5-0 cushion for the blue-clad Stars.

There was no mention if Culp’s bat, as mentioned in the adage, was borrowed; “Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.”

Culp played locally for West Hills High ’16), Grossmont College (’18) and San Diego Christian College (’21).

Stars starting pitcher Jake Sergent tossed four innings of 3-hit ball to get the victory in the 7-inning contest.

Jonathan Marshall survived an unearned run in the fifth to garner the save. He yielded just two hits in his three frames.

In the opener, the Stars rallied from a 9-5 deficit with four runs in the sixth. However, SDSOB answered with its own 4-run outburst in the seventh to collect in the win in the first-ever meeting between the organizations.

The Stars rally started with a Danny Zapeda sacrifice fly, then later tied on a 2-run to the terrace in center field by Brady Joslyn (3-for-5, three RBI).

Collecting two hits for the Stars were Marshall, Sos, and in his Stars debut, Helix alum Derrick Clark.

The rubber game of the 3-game series is set for Tuesday (June 27) at Mesa College, starting at 4 p.m.


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