By Nick Pellegrino
Special to East County Magazine.com
Photo: Pitcher Aaron Alva
July 10, 2015 (Santee) --- Four players and a pair of alternates from the San Diego Stars semipro baseball team have been named to represent the South Division to the annual Western Baseball Association All-Star Game.
The contest is slated for this Saturday (July 11) at San Manual Stadium on the San Manual Indian Reservation in Highland, Calif., located off Interstate 210 just east of San Bernardino.
The Home Run Derby opens festivities at 6 p.m. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. The Inland Empire Outlaws from the WBA North Division are the host team.
Stars outfielder Curran Facer was honored with his second-time selection to the WBA All-Star Game. First-time honorees include third baseman Kyle Abblitt, and pitchers Aaron Alva and Shane Coleman.
Tabbed as alternates are Billy Flamion and Devin Morton. Both are expected to participate should league suspensions against other WBA ballclubs remain in place.
Facer, a 2012 graduate of El Capitan High in Lakeside, leads the Stars in total hits this summer, batting at a solid .417 clip in WBA action.
Abbliit, a product of Westview High and San Diego Mesa College, is batting .294, but thanks to his .500 on-base percentage (thanks to 14 walks), leads the Stars in runs scored.
Alva tops the Stars starting pitching corps with a 2.47 earned-run average, and is second to Coleman in innings pitched. Both pitch collegiately for CSU San Marcos.
Flamion most recently was pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization before the prospect from Palomar College was released. He owns a 1.75 ERA coming out of the Stars bullpen.
Morton only just the Stars two weeks ago, yet already shared club leadership in home runs while batting .467 in a fast start.
Through Wednesday (July 8), the Stars have posted a 21-7-1 record, including a 7-4 mark in WBA South Division action.
The Stars are owned by managed by Santee businessman Mickey Deutschman, who was recently elected and enshrined to the National Semipro Baseball Hall of Fame in Evansville, Ind.