East County Sports

Crush crunched as Stars rule again



ECS staff report

POWAY — San Diego Stars starting pitcher Luke Gentry retired the final seven batters e faced, then Cole Hartman and Gavin Perry both came out of the bullpen to post 1-2-3 innings to extend the streak to 13 straight batters, allowing the Stars to dominate the Poway-based San Diego Crush, 15-4, in Tuesday’s (July 13) Western Baseball Association blowout held at Poway High School. The contest was curtailed after seven frames by the run (mercy) rule.

Gentry was tagged early for four early tuns, capped by a solo homer in the third inning. The blast was followed by a single before a visit to the mount changed the entire complex of the ballgame.

After Gentry received some helpful hints, he retired seven straight Crush batters. then the bullpen offered a stellar 6-for-6 performance.

Meanwhile, the Stars offense tallied four times int he second and fourth innings, tehn added six more markers in the seventh to trigger the run rule.

The Crush actually held a brief 3-1 lead on a pair of hie runs (roster not provided to properly credit the players) through the first. The Stars answered with 14 of the next 15 runs, including 10 unanswered runs to cap the ballgame.

Thus, the Stars offense has produced 31 totals runs in just 14 innings against the Crush over a pair of meetings in the past week.

Stars leadoff batter Ethan Wright continues to hit like a cleanup batter, registering four RBI, while Gavin Lass knocked in three, with the entire starting nine each recording at least one basehit

The Stars got even on a two-run single by Jason Gonzalez in the second, immediately followed by an RBI, go-ahead single by Mateo Medina for the game-winning RBI.

In the fifth, a two-out rally saw the Stars tally four times. Then in ther seventh, it was a bigger rally with six runs after two were down and no one on base.

The Stars (11-6 overall, 11-5 WBA) were slated to travel to play at the West Coast Clippers on Thursday, but the contest was postponed until July 21 since the Clips were unable to locate a joint to play the ballgame.


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