A two-run double off the bat of center fielder Josh Prince gave the Huntsville Stars (19-14) their second victory in as many games against the Jackson Generals (20-13) in a 2-1 victory Tuesday night at Pringles Park.
Bats were quite on both sides until the top of the fifth. Left fielder Lee Haydel drew a walk to lead off the inning. Third baseman Matt Cline singled to advance Haydel before Prince hit a double through the hole at short to score both Cline and Haydel.
The only other time the Stars had a runner in scoring position was thanks to a wild pitch and throwing error by Generals’ starting pitcher James Paxton in the second and third innings.
Jackson didn’t have a runner advance past first until the bottom of the sixth. Third baseman Francisco Martinez doubled to right-center followed immediately by a two-bagger off the bat of second baseman Eric Campbell. Martinez scored to chase Stars starter Evan Anundsen from the game. Anundsen had a solid outing for his second win of the season, giving up just one run on four hits over 5.1 innings. He allowed just one walk and struck out five batters.
The Generals managed to just get one more hit on the Stars pitching staff before reliever Rob Wooten notched his eighth save of the season, pitching 0.2 innings.
Jackson starter Paxton went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits. He struck out seven and walked three en route to his third loss of the season.
The Stars look to take their four series in five attempts tomorrow with RHP Kyle Heckathorn (1-1, 3.86 ERA) on the mound against Generals RHP Tijuan Walker (3-1, 1.30 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 11:05 a.m.
Courtesy Huntsville Stars Media Relations