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In a brisky, chilly two-hour affair, the 2013 Huntsville Stars played their first contest of the young season at the friendly confines of Joe Davis Stadium.
During an exhibition game against local Alabama A&M, the Stars used all but three of their pitchers and every single one of their position players in a 4-1 victory in seven innings on Tuesday night.
While the margin of defeat may be a bit misleading (Stars pitchers threw against both team), the Bulldogs got a pair of hits from outfielder Patrick Dodson and a RBI single from shortstop Jordan Friend.
The Stars scored all four of their runs in the third inning, as their first seven batters of the frame reached base. Catcher Adam Weisenburger, second basemen Nick Shaw and shortstop Ozzie Chavez began the inning with back-to-back-to-back singles. With the bases loaded and nobody out, outfielder Kentrail Davis drove home Wesienburger and Shaw with a two-run double down the right-field line to put the Stars on the board. One batter later, first basemen Jason Rogers knocked in Chavez and Davis with a two-run double of his own put Huntsville for good.
On the night, the Stars offense had nine nits total, with two apiece from Shaw, Chavez and Weisenburger. Third baseman Mike Walker also chipped with a single.
After a day off on Wednesday, the Stars begin the 2013 regular season campaign on the road in Chattanooga for five games on Thursday night starting at 6:05 CT. They will return to "The Joe" on Wednesday, April 10 to open up their home slate against the Jacksonville Suns for a five-game series immediately followed by a five games against the Tennessee Smokies! For more information on the Huntsville Stars, visit huntsvillestars.com or call (256) 882-2562.