Stars nab 2nd place in tourney

Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2010

Soldotna ended its baseball season with an 18-5 win over Homer on Friday and a 7-4 loss to Houston on Saturday at the Houston Invitational Tournament. The Hawks won the round-robin tourney, finishing 3-0. SoHi went 2-1. The Stars finished 7-8 overall on the year.

On Friday, the entire lineup was hitting the ball, Stars head coach Robb Quelland said.

"At times, we were unstoppable," he said.

Tyler Marcuson, Braden Price and Josiah Covey all pitched for SoHi. Price came on in relief of Marcuson. The Mariners had difficulty hitting against the left-handed Price, Quelland said.

"Braden is a very capable pitcher," he said. "He really changed up his speeds. He was just way ahead of the batters."

Quelland said most Alaska high-schoolers don't face lefties too often.

Stan Westerman and Covey each went 3-for-3 in the game.

"Homer played a very good game," Quelland said. "It's always good to play a conference foe."

On Saturday, Marcuson took the mound. He pitched well but did not have defense backing him up, Quelland said.

"We had three errors between shortstop and second, that really allowed all the runs," he said.

Marcuson had 10 strikeouts over six innings pitched.

Covey, Price, Westerman and Jake Darrow were named to the all-tournament team.

Westerman and Steven Steger are the two seniors graduating from this year's team. Both have played all four years.

Quelland said they've been the face of the program and is sad to see them go.

Overall, Quelland said he's happy with the season. He said he enjoyed ending it with the Houston tournament.

"It was a good experience," he said.

Quelland said he was proud his team competed every game.

"It's a sport that they have to play way beyond school being out," he said.

All five of SoHi's freshmen contributed to the team this season, Quelland said.

"It's nice to see where the development and the future will be for this program," he said.

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