San Diego - Barona Stars

SDSU catcher Sos registers game-winning double


East County
BARONA INDIAN RESERVATION (7-10-14) San Diego State reserve catcher CODY SOS (Grossmont HS) doubled home the tie-breaking run in the 7th inning Wednesday (July 9), leading the San Diego Stars semipro baseball team to a 5-4 decision over visiting Team San Diego at Stars Field.

Sos, the Stars leader with 31 hits this summer, also moved into second on the ballclub in RBI and doubles. His drive to right field allowed the Stars to break their second-place deadlock between the clubs, moving the Stars to within one full game of Western Baseball Association leading San Diego Waves.

LUCAS WHITMORE gained the pitching victory despite allowing a 4-0 lead to disappear. A wild pitch in the 7th allowed Team San Diego to get even. However, WESLEY WALLACE, who is 12-for-27 (.444) on his current 7-game hitting streak, stroked a sharp, one-out basehit to left field. But when the throw behind Wallace at first base bounded into the right-field corner, he advanced to third base.

Two batters later, Sos sent a liner to right field to reclaim the lead. ROBBY NESOVIC then pitched the final two innings to garner his first save since rejoining the ballclub earlier in the week.

For the contest, Wallace batted 3-for-4, while Sos and TAYLOR EICHHORST each went 2-for-4 with an RBI double.

The Stars return to WBA action Saturday, now hosting the Southern California SKLZ at Stars Field in a doubleheader slated for noon (site change from Poway High). San Diego then will host the East L.A. Dodgers in Sunday's Alumni Day game.

Stars rally falls short in semifinals


East County
SCRIPPS RANCH (7-7-14) Forced to play away from their home ballpark, the San Diego Stars semipro baseball team quickly fell behind the host San Diego Mavericks, 8-0, in Sunday's (July 6) semifinals of the Stars' annual Independence Day Weekend tournament.

The Stars mounted a huge comeback, but they fell short in a 9-8 setback at Alliant International University.

The Mavs then went to Barona for the championship ballgame, but they fell to the North County Waves, 8-5. Waves veteran catcher Becker Sankey, who plays his college ball at Liberty University, was named the most valuable player of the 20th annual event.

The Stars, winners in 10 of 13 contests, were down after just three innings. However, the comeback started on a solo home run by Christian High product TAYLOR RICHHORST in the 5th. It was his second homer in as many days.

An inning later, they added two runs, then tallied five times in the 7th, three on a bases-loaded clearing double by second baseman ROBBY SCOTT, who registered four triples during three pool-play contests.

The Stars (15-9) return to Western Baseball Association play Wednesday, hosting Team San Diego at 5 p.m. Then they will host their annual Alumni Day on Saturday, when they host the East Los Angeles Dodgers.

The event features the return of East L.A. coach Ramsey Ochoa, who once fueled a Stars victory over the U.S. National Team during the 1998 National Baseball Congress World Series.

UC Irvine's Martinez fuels Stars wipeout


East County
By Nick Pellegrino East County BARONA INDIAN RESERVATION (7-5-14) San Diego Stars third baseman ANDREW MARTINEZ enjoyed the ride to the College World Series last month. But his individual success with UC Irvine was much less than desired.

So the former Mater Dei Catholic High standout joined the Stars for the summer.

"I've been trying to get Andrew to bat that way for years," said local club coach Dave Palet, better known to the country as a national talk radio host. "But he joins the Stars and Mickey turns him around in just three weeks. Unbelievable."

Under the tutelage of Stars owner/manager MICKEY DEUTSCHMAN, Martinez welcomed a breakout debut of his new swing, slugging three extra-base hits Friday (July 4), powering the Stars to a 12-2 decision over the Huntington Beach Tigers in the opening round of the Stars annual Independence Day Weekend Tournament.

Martinez capped a 3-for-3 outing with a tape-measure homer to center field to open the 8th inning. He also added a run-scoring triple in the 2nd and a 2-run double in the 3rd, missing on an opportunity for the cycle when the Stars won by run-rule in seven innings. He was also hit by a pitch.

Rather than attempting to muscle the ball to left field, Martinez sent three drives up the middle in front of several scouts. No doubt, his draftability index also exploded like the ball off his bat.

Meanwhile, Stars center fielder CHRIS ALLEN belted a pair of triples in a 3-for-4 outing, as the Stars collect 16 hits in just six trips to the plate. Among the 16, seven went for extra bases.

The hitting display placed a strong pitching effort by SHAN COLEMAN on the back burner. After allowing the lead double in the 1st which led to a run, the left-hander closed with 5 1/3 shutout innings, allowing just four hits.

San Diego (14-7 overall) completes pool play with a pair of contests on Saturday, hosting the Escondido System at 10:30 a.m., followed by a ballgame against the Southern California SKLZ. Should the Stars at least split, they should qualify for Sunday's semifinals.

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Schedule change

We have a game Wednesday...which is the same. 5:00 vs. Team San Diego. Double header this Saturday vs. Sklz...SCHEDULE CHANGED TO PLAY AT BARONA...NOT POWAY! Same time just location changed.

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It is the pledged mission of the San Diego Barona Stars to provide and foster a positive environment for young men who aspire to higher education and/or professional baseball within the framework of competition. The San Diego Barona Stars are committed to maintaining a foundation principled on teamwork, goodwill, development of relationships and hard work ethics, with the expressed goal to serve as role models to the youth of America - in sports as well as life in general.


Deutschman elected to Semipro Baseball Hall of Fame

By Nick Pellegrino
© East County

SANTEE (1-2-14) ” Buoyed by his 1,000th career  victory last summer, MICKEY DEUTSCHMAN, the owner/manager  of the San Diego Stars semipro baseball team, has been  named as part of the Class of 2014 to the National Semipro  Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Hall, an online entity for more than a decade,  will open its doors for the fist time this Thanksgiving  weekend in Evansville, Ind. An enshrinement dinner will  feature 10 new honorees.

Deutschman, 70, took over the then Santee Stars in  1984, immediately guiding the team to a fifth-place  finish at the National Baseball Congress World Series.  In his 30 seasons, his ballclub has qualified for two  dozen NBC appearances, thanks to numerous NBC regional  and league championships.

Deutschman's exploits both on the field and administratively  have been known for years. More than dozen former Stars  players have played in Major League baseball; ,many  more have earned college scholarships.

"All across the country, you only find a guy like  Mickey once every 500 miles," said Tim Turbin,  curator of the new museum. "The Hall began online  12 years ago, but we will open an all-brick facility,  Mickey is definitely a deserving member."

The Stars were founded in 1981 by Marty Nellis and  Pete Jernigan. Three years later, Deutschman asked to  become involved.

"They said, 'Give us $4,000 because we need new  uniforms,'" Deutschman mused. "By the end  of the year, I was in control of the ballclub."

The Stars have also captured several international  tournaments, and once defeated Team USA at the 1998  NBC World Series in Wichita, Kan. The ballclub also  has defeated national teams from Taiwan, Canada and  Australia, and played against squads from Cuba (when  they were ranked No. 1in the world), China, Japan and  other countries.

Deutschman will find his name and likeness ingraved  on a shining square-foot piece of black marble and placed  along side with the other inductees.

Deutschman supports the Stars himself from proceeds  from Air Santee and Temperature Control, his locally  owned and operated heating and air conditioning companies.


Stars skipper Mickey Deutschman
elected to NSB Hall of Fame

'Another' 1,000th for Deutschman
after Stars walk-off the Force, 2-1,
on Enriguez triple in the 9th

© East County
WICHITA, Kan. (8-5-13) — The San Diego Stars may be forced to travel the near impossible road through the losers bracket of the 79th annual National Baseball Congress World Series, but they will eventually return home with a massive smile. BOXSCORE

In a ballgame which began just after midnight on Monday (Aug. 5) morning, ANDRES ENRIQUEZ again came through in the clutch. One strike away from elimination, Enriquez stroked a 2-run, walk-off triple, as the Stars instead eliminated Western Baseball Association rival San Diego Force, 2-1, at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

On a 3-2 pitch with two outs, Enriquez sent a drive down the right-filed line, barely eluding the diving attempt of the Force outfielder, allowing a pair of pinch-runners in CARLOS OCHOA and STEVEN TAFT to easily score.

"The wind was taking the ball away from the right-fielder, who I think got a piece of the ball with his glove," said Stars owner-manager MICKEY DEUTSCHMAN, who earned his 1,000th career victory for the second straight night. "Once the ball skipped past him, both of our guys easily scored."

"Our guys just raced to Andres for the greatest dogpile I've ever seen," noted Deutschman, who owns an updated career mark of 1,000-551 in 31 seasons as Stars skipper. "And it all occurred right in front of the Force dugout. It couldn't be any sweeter than that."

The victory gives the Stars a final mark of 7-4 against the Force this season. The Stars earned a 3-2 edge in WBA action, a 3-2 margin in regular-season tournament play, plus this NBC victory in a contest which ended just past 3 a.m. CT.

The winning rally saw MICHAEL LANGE reach on an error by the shortstop. Lange stole second base, so was replaced by the speedier Ochoa as the potential game-tying run.

Force starting pitcher Conner Little followed with a pair of strikeouts, giving him eight on the night. But when he walked BRIAN SOS, the Force went to the bullpen just one out short of a complete-game victory for Little.

But after Sos was replaced by Taft, Enriguez delivering by lacing the ball down the line.

"I guess the baseball gods were watching over us," added Deutschman.

Stars starting pitcher LUCAS WHITMORE, who was flown in just to pitch this one NBCWS ballgame, was on a verge of the loss after allowing just a single run in the 3rd inning on a simple groundout for an RBI by Tim Williams until Enriquez' heroics.


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