The ‘B’ Northstars improved to 6-0 on the year as they battled with their local rivals, the Cavan Comets on Saturday and it would be a former Cavan player who would do the damage in the second game.
The first tilt saw the experienced rookie Darwin Sanchez on the bump for the Northstars. Not often used as a pitcher, coach Jose Santos is looking to develop a deep pitching staff as the season progresses and Sanchez did not disappoint with a complete game performance (5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 6 K) that still would require run support, and that came in the form of Santos himself, driving in three of the runs that would help the Stars to a 5-2 victory.
The second game would be a more comfortable affair for the visitors, thanks to Melvyn Woods and reliever Colin Woods who would combine to throw a shutout for the Northstars.
The big left hander would throw an impressive six innings (0 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) and the pressure on the pitcher was eased by an offensive burst by first baseman Chris Stange, Melvyn Woods and rookie Stuart Fraser (4 R, 7 H, 7 RBI). The Stars would jump to an 11-0 lead which would give Santos a chance to rest his starter with the three Cavan runs being judged as errors by the Stars defense. Colin Woods would take the ball and make short work of the seventh inning, throwing three strikeouts to ensure that the Northstars would travel home with two impressive performances under the belt.
Next up for the Northstars is a double header versus the Dublin Tigers on Sunday at Henry Jones field; this will be the first meeting of the two club’s development teams.
By Neil Boyd (General Manager)
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