Stars Survive Long Rain Delay to Defeat Generals

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Huntsville takes a 2-1 series advantage with win Thursday

JACKSON, Tenn. (May 30, 2013) - The Jackson Generals (23-28) offense was held to only four hits, as Huntsville Stars’ (24-29) starting pitcher Taylor Jungmann turned in a terrific outing to get the win, 6-3. The Generals are now 12-14 in the month of May and 11-15 when playing in the Ballpark at Jackson.

A 1 hour and 46 minute rain delay postponed the first pitch of Thursday’s game, but it did not phase the Stars’ offense. Brock Kjeldgaard drove in two runs with a single in the first and Ozzie Chavez hit a double that helped Huntsville put two more on the board in the second, as Generals’ starter Roenis Elias (L, 2-5, 3.66) struggled early.

Elias went 5.1 innings, but the last batter he faced got the better of him, as Stars’ catcher Adam Weisenburger deposited the starters’ pitch over the wall for two more runs. Elias allowed the six runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out six.

It seemed as if Jackson would be shutout for the fifth time this year, but the Generals did not go so quietly. Gabriel Noriega (2-4, R) had two of the four Jackson hits, one of them to start the seventh. James Jones (0-2, BB, R) worked a walked to follow and Rich Poythress (1-3, R, 3 RBI) was given the clear to launch and the first baseman did so. Poythress rocketed a home run to left field, cutting the score in half at 6-3. That tally would stand as the final as both bullpens were solid in the later innings.

Taylor Jungmann (W, 5-5, 4.78) showed poise and maturity through six innings pitched for Huntsville. The twenty-three year old starting pitcher retired the first ten hitters in order and would only surrender three hits through his entire start. Jungmann struck out seven and only gave up one free pass. The right-hander’s location and off-speed pitches kept Jackson at bay for most of the ballgame.

Both teams recorded two errors and the Stars ended with four, two-out RBIs, coming through in the clutch situations Thursday night.
Game four of the series will get underway at 7:05 p.m. on Friday night. Chance Ruffin (2-2, 2.72) will toe the rubber for Jackson while Huntsville will send Andy Moye (2-6, 4.73) to the mound. Ruffin had a terrific outing on May 8th against the Stars, but got the loss despite only allowing one run


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