HUNTSVILLE, AL -----For a second straight night Huntsville Stars CF D'Vontrey Richardson came through in the clutch to give the Stars a win. Saturday, it was Richardson's hit in the sixth that broke a 3-3 tie and ultimately gave the Stars a 7-5 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts at Joe Davis Stadium.
The Stars completed a five game series sweep over the Lookouts.
Chattanooga took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning off an O'Koyea Dickson sacrifice fly scoring Darnell Sweeney.
The Stars took the lead in the second inning. Jason Rogers led off with an infield single. Hainley Statia followed with a two-run homer to right field giving the Stars a 2-1 lead. It was Statia's first homerun of the season.
Chattanooga took the lead again the fifth inning with two outs. Daniel Mayora blooped a two run single down the right field line against Jed Bradley.
Bradley, who took a no decision pitched five innings allowing seven hits on three runs. The lefty also struck out a season high six.
The Stars sent nine batters to the plate in the sixth inning and scored five times against RHP Blake Smith(0-1) to take the lead back. With one out, Jason Rogers doubled down the left field line.
The Stars tied the game at 3-3 when Statia lined an rbi single over the leaping second baseman Sweeney.
With the Stars leading 7-3 going into the seventh, Brent Suter (7-5) who earned the win out of the Stars bullpen allowed a pair of runs to the Lookouts.
Dickson recorded an RBI on a groundout to shortstop. Mayora also singled home a run making it 7-5.
The Stars finished the first half of the regular season as the best team in the Southern League with a 46-24 record. The Lookouts ended the first half in last place in the SL North division.
About the All-Star Game:
The 38th annual Southern League All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, June 17 at 7:15 p.m. with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. This is the first time the Lookouts have hosted the event since 2004.
This year's midsummer classic is just the centerpiece of a two day event that also includes the Home Run Derby which will be held at Historic Engel Stadium on Monday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m. with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. Prior to the Home Run Derby the Lookouts will also host a Fan Fest at Engel Stadium that will feature an autograph session from the North and South Division All-Stars.
Along with the All-Star Game, the team will hold a luncheon to recognize the All-Stars, coaches, managers and umpires. This special event will include a guest speaker and be open to the public. The luncheon will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17 at the Chattanooga Convention Center and feature former NL MVP Maury Wills as the guest speaker. All proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the RBI Program of Chattanooga. Tickets for this special event are $30 and for more information about the Luncheon please contact All-Star Game Coordinator Morgan Billups by email, or by phone at 423-267-2208.