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Link Report for Tue. 6/26 -- Put a Win on the Board for the Maryvale Men; Stars, Rattlers, H-Crew have nice evenings

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Baseball America with quick statistical notes on Jorge Lopez and Clint Coulter


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why not bring Sanchez and Setter up to Nashville it not like their are prospects blocking their path


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Hunter Morris delivers with clutch homer as Huntsville knocks off Mobile
By Mark McCarter, The Huntsville Times

Photo by The Huntsville Times/Glenn Baeske
Josh Stinson earns his eighth win of the year for Stars

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- It has an oxymoronic ring to it, that whole "jumbo shrimp" and "metal woods" kind of deal.

Hunter Morris called it "a fun kind of pressure."

That's what he faced in the fifth inning Tuesday night, with a teammate on third and the Stars trailing by a run. When he got two strikes on him, "the farthest thing on my mind was hitting a home run," Morris said.

Which, of course, is exactly what he did.

Morris - it's here where city laws require we remind he is "the former Grissom and Auburn star and the first Huntsville native to play for the Stars" - hit his second homer in as many games, and starter Josh Stinson picked up his eighth victory as the Stars knocked off Mobile 4-2.

"I couldn't be prouder of Hunter," said Stars manager Darnell Coles. "He's really turned it around the last year and a half, and that's due to his hard work."

This was Huntsville's first win over Mobile in six tries this season. The Stars (3-3 in the second half) host the BayBears again tonight at 6:43.

Morris not only had the two-run homer but an RBI single in the seventh. Where Morris has been impressive this season is the ability to shrug off moments of failure. As Coles said, "You've got to be able to separate (each at-bat)."

Morris had struck out with the tying run aboard to end Monday's game at Jackson, then whiffed with runners in scoring position in the first inning Tuesday. A three-run homer earlier in Monday's game was a distant memory.

"I don't carry it in a negative way," Morris said. "I take it as a learning opportunity.

"You've got to have a short-term memory in this game. If you let bad at-bats stick with you, they just snowball and it's the worst feeling in the world. I've been there. But if I can turn the negatives into a positive and learn from it, that's what I try to do."

The fifth-inning homer was "a situation that was a huge turning point in the game. Stinson was pitching as well as you can ask from a starter. They're a good team, so the opportunity to score runs are few and far between," Morris said. "Eight other guys in the lineup could have gotten the job done. I'm happy I was able to come through."

He's come through more than most the lineup, indeed most of the Southern League.

Morris now has 80 hits - that's second in the league behind teammate Scooter Gennett - and 53 RBIs, second in the league to Tennessee's Justin Bour.

Mobile nicked Stinson (8-4) for a pair of runs in the fourth on a pair of hits, two Hainley Statia errors and wild pitch. Stinson allowed only five hits and one earned run in his six innings. All-Star reliever Jesus Sanchez closed things with a four-out save, his 10th of the season.

Lee Haydel opened the Huntsville fifth with a single, Josh Prince walked and they advanced on a Gennett bunt. Haydel scored on a wild pitch, then Morris blasted the homer, his ninth of the year, to right that seemed to have 30 seconds of hang time.

"I was just trying to get the ball in play," he said. "Luckily it went a little farther than I expected. It was a little borderline (whether he thought it was going out). I thought it might be a sacrifice fly or a double off the wall. I knew it could be one of three things, and all of them were good."

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