Aug 1, 2013 1:40 AM by Andrew Masuda
Fueled by home runs from Mac Stuart and Brett Clark, the North County Indians closed out their second summer in Templeton with a 10-5 win over the San Francisco Seals on Wednesday night in the Vineyard Athletic Park.
The Indians, under head coach Dan Marple, finished the season on an 11-game winning streak and with a 34-10 overall record.
The Indians took the lead for good in the bottom of the first when Cal Poly recruit Kevin Morgan led off with a triple to right on a fly ball misplayed by the right fielder. San Luis Obispo High graduate Connor O'Hare promptly singled him home to give the Indians a 1-0 lead just two batters in. Then two batters later, Stuart crushed a pitch over the center field wall for a 2-run blast to make it 3-0 Tribe. It gave the Paso Robles High graduate and Cuesta star a team-best 5 home runs.
They added to the lead on a 2-run single to right from Morgan that drove in PRHS grad Josh Ramirez and SLOHS graduate Garrett Giovannelli. Clark clubbed his 3rd home run of the summer in the third inning with a towering drive over the right field wall to give North County a commanding 6-0 lead.
The Indians built a 9-1 lead behind starting pitcher and incoming Cal Poly freshman Cameron Cotton. The right-hander from Danville improved to 5-1 with 5 shutout innings and 6 strikeouts.
Stuart, Morgan, Ramirez and Giovannelli finished with 2 hits apiece for the Tribe. Morgan tallied 3 RBI and finished the summer hitting .331 with 28 RBI. Stuart ended at a .337 clip at the plate with 5 home runs and 37 RBI.
" I think that each year we're building upon not only our wins and losses, but also our fan attendance. We have a terrific working relationship with the Cal Poly baseball team. So things are very bright in the future for the North County Indians," said head coach Dan Marple about his team's second season in Templeton. Marple says Cal Poly head coach Larry Lee plans to send five to six more of his incoming freshmen to the Indians next summer.
Last summer, Cal Poly slugger Brian Mundell and pitcher Casey Bloomquist played for the Indians and went on to be valuable contributors to the Mustangs in their NCAA Regional run in the spring of 2013.
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