Friday, Jun. 29, 2012
Stanislaus routs Merced in county all-star game
By Shawn Jansen / Sjansen@mercedsunstar.com
TURLOCK -- Kyle Dunnegan knew he wasn't going to be on the mound long.
That allowed the Modesto Metro Conference MVP to go maximum effort on every pitch.
With a little extra zip on his fastball, Dunnegan overpowered the Merced County hitters.
Dunnegan retired nine of the 10 hitters he faced. The Enochs High star was one of four Stanislaus County pitchers who combined on a shutout in an 8-0 win in the third annual Merced County All-Stars vs. Stanislaus County All-Stars game on Sunday afternoon at Cal State Stanislaus.
"I knew I could go 100 percent every inning," Dunnegan said. "It's kind of the same mentality as a closer. You can go all out on every pitch."
Pitman's Damian Souza-Johnson, Dunnigan, Downey's Robert Schauer and Turlock's Tyler Murphy combined to strike out 11 hitters in nine innings. The quartet only walked two and scattered six hits.
"The game of baseball can be really easy when you throw strikes," said retiring Pitman coach Mick Tate, who coached the Stanislaus team. "We didn't give them many opportunities. If you make the plays and throw strikes, you can win 95 percent of the games."
Merced's best scoring opportunity came in the first two innings against Souza-Johnson.
Dos Palos' Adam Coronado led off the game with a base hit, followed by a walk to give Merced County a pair of runners.
Souza-Johnson sandwiched a couple of strikeouts around an infield pop up to get out of the jam.
Merced again threatened in the second when Atwater's Ricky Mena, Merced's Joseph Salmeri and Los Banos' Javier Garcia all singled to load the bases, but Souza-Johnson got a strikeout to get out of the inning.
Meanwhile, the Stanislaus offense went to work.
Downey's Devon Grafford crushed a double to right off of Mariposa's Cody Stitt to score Modesto Christian's Kaden Cline in the bottom of the first inning. The hit gave Stanislaus a 1-0 lead.
Stanislaus County then tacked on single runs in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings with the help of sacrifice flies by Ceres' James Pernetti and Schauer and an RBI double off the bat of Pitman's Steven Kha.
The Stanislaus County pitchers went on shutdown mode, giving up only two hits after the second inning.
"They had a lot of good pitching," said Mena, who went 2-for-2. "They all threw the ball pretty hard."
Stanislaus added three more runs in the eighth on a two-run single by Pitman's A.J. Derr and a run-scoring single by Gradford, who went 2-for-3 with four RBIs.
Stanislaus County is 3-0 against Merced in the three years of the event.
"It was a blast out here playing with all these guys," Dunnigan said. "You play against a lot of these guys all season. It's fun playing with them."
Merced County All-Stars vs. Stanislaus County All-Stars
STANISLAUS 8, MERCED 0
At Cal State Stanislaus
Merced000 000 000 -- 0 6 3
Stanislaus101 111 03x -- 8 11 0
Cody Stitt, Luis Del Rio (3), Brian Womack (5), Sean Brunnell (8) and Kevin Mendoza, Ryland Radanovich; Damian Souza-Johnson, Kyle Dunnegan (3), Robert Schauer (6), Tyler Murphy (8) and A.J. Derr, Cameron Irinaga. WP -- Souza-Johnson. LP -- Stitt.
MERCED-- Adam Coronado 2-2, Ricky Mena 2-2.
STANISLAUS-- Devon Gradford 2-3 (2B, Run, 4 RBI), A.J. Derr 2-3 (Run, 2 RBI), Steven Kha (2B, RBI), Murphy (2B).