By Tom Price Jr.
The East team abused the West squad 11-2 June 12 at the 44th Annual East-West All Star baseball game in Exeter.
The nine-run margin could have been a lot slimmer if not for the play of Exeter shortstop Carlos Gastelum who was inserted into the game as a defensive replacement at second base in the top of the sixth inning.
It didn't take long for the stocky middle infielder to make his mark on the game. With two outs and the bases loaded Gastelum robbed Central Valley Christian's Cory Zonneveld of an RBI single making a diving stop on a bouncing ball up the middle. He flipped the ball to second base for the force out. Gastelum was greeted with high fives and pats on the back from his East teammates.
As long as it took him to dust himself off, Gastelum stepped to the plate with runners at second and third and drove them both in with a single off Redwood pitcher Ryan Anderson.
The two RBI extended the East's lead to 7-1 and secured the win. In one full inning Gastelum created a four-run separation by preventing two runs from scoring and driving in two more.
Gastelum finished the season batting .270 for the Monarchs and was named first team All-East Sequoia League.