HUNTSVILLE, ALA. – Caleb Gindl's RBI-single to right field scored the go-ahead run for the Stars, giving them a 4-3 victory over the visiting Montgomery Biscuits and spoiling their first half championship hopes along the way.
It took five innings before either team posted a run, with Montgomery (38-30) scoring two in the fifth. John Matulia led off with a double to right and scored on a double by Cody Cipriano. A sac-bunt would advance Cipriano followed by a RBI-single from Emeel Salem to make it 2-0.
The Stars (33-37) fought right back and added two of their own in the bottom of the inning with a double by Brett Lawrie to score Sean McCraw. With Lorenzo Cain at the plate, Lawrie stole third and made it home on a throwing error by catcher Nevin Ashley.
The Biscuits Matt Fields hit a solo home run off of reliever Mark Willinsky to give them the lead. Lee Haydel started the bottom half of the inning with a single and advanced to third on a throwing error by Capriano. McCraw hit a single to left to score Haydel and tie it up at 3 apiece.
Zelous Wheeler opened the Stars seventh with a double to left field. Gindl brought him home with a single to give the Stars the lead 4-3. Unfortunately for the Biscuits, that was the final score and the end of their first half championship hopes as they lost and the Jacksonville Suns won to be crowned South Division First Half Champions.
Stars starter Chris Cody threw five innings, giving up two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out two. Lucas Luetge (1-0) got the win, pitching 1.2 innings of relief, allowing just one hit and two walks. Jim Henderson was credited with his first save of the year, finishing out the game with 1.1 innings.
The Stars finished the first half of the season 33-37 and travel to Jacksonville on Tuesday to open a six-game series against the Suns. For highlights of Sunday's game log on to WAFF.com sports and click on the June 19th 10PM sports update!