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BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer email@example.com
It was a successful finish to high school baseball careers for the Bakersfield Senior All-Stars Saturday night.
The 22-player squad representing 10 city schools overwhelmed the Central California Coast All-Stars 13-5 at Bakersfield College's Gerry Collis Field.
"This was a blast," said Liberty graduate Jassen Oliver, who will play baseball at Cal State Northridge starting in the fall.
"I've played with or against everyone, and to have a team like this is really fun. We wanted to represent Bakersfield well."
Bakersfield, which is 4-0 in post-season All-Star games, dominated from the third inning on. Ross Puskarich of Liberty High collected his second RBI single of the game to break a 2-2 tie and put the Kern squad ahead for good in the third.
It became a blowout in the fifth when Bakersfield sent 11 batters to the plate and none were retired. Eight runs scored and the bases were loaded when the Central Coast squad ran off the field to mark the end of the inning.
"It was a courtesy rule," said George Culver, the game coordinator. "They would've run out of pitchers if we wouldn't have done that."
Bakersfield coach John Moncier said the team had one practice, Friday night at Garces.
"We took some batting practice and infield practice, went over signs, that sort of thing," Moncier said, adding that there wasn't any real coaching of specific skills involved in this game.
"These guys are all good players and they all know how to play," he said. "There's a lot of talent on this team. Hopefully a lot of them will end up at Bakersfield College to help build that program.
"Some are going to Cal State, and that's good. It'll be nice to see them."
Culver said the Central Coast team was playing short-handed because some teams from that area are still alive in the Southern Section playoffs and players from those teams did not participate in Saturday's game.
Oliver had a double and scored in the first inning and started the eight-run fifth by beating out an infield single to shortstop.
Jamie Carroll, a Stockdale graduate, had a first-inning sacrifice fly and two-run double in the fifth. Oliver and Carroll were co-offensive MVPs for the Bakersfield squad.
Right-handed pitcher Mason Perryman from Bakersfield High, who will play at USC, laced an RBI triple in the eighth and pitched the ninth inning.
Ten Bakersfield All-Stars had base hits among the 13 hits collected off four Central Coast pitchers.
Bakersfield used six pitchers, with none working more than two innings.
Garrett Ball, a shortstop from Arroyo Grande, had two singles and a walk to earn team offensive MVP honors.
Jarred Handel from Ridgeview was the Bakersfield pitcher of the game after working two hitless innings.