Shultz Outduels Sullivan In 3-0 Shutout
Carson Shultz tossed a three-hit shutout Saturday, helping St. Peters defeat Sullivan 18U 3-0 at “Sunny” Jim Bottomley Field.
Shultz outdueled Josh Wiese, who traded zeroes until St. Peters pushed three runs across the plate in the fifth.
Wiese allowed eight hits, two earned runs, struck out eight and walked one. After dominating New Haven on Thursday in a two-inning stint, he picked up where he left off. He faced the minimum through four innings.
His counterpart Shultz was just a little better.
The righty relied on a mix of off-speed and breaking pitches, then would catch Sullivan looking with a well-placed fastball.
He also had superb backing from his defense, which turned several tough outs and chased down every ball destined for the gap.
Logan McCummiskey, Blayten Nolie and Cy Cape were the only Sullivan batters to get hits off Shultz. McCummiskey also walked. Justin Lowe walked and was hit by a pitch.
Wiese cruised through an 11-pitch first inning, then gave up a leadoff single to Colten Greene. Payton Weiner smacked a liner that was hit straight to Tyler Hopen at first. Hopen wiped out Greene with an unassisted double play.
Wiese struck out all three batters looking in the third, then got through the fourth on nine pitches.
The fifth inning saw St. Peters land the first blow. Shultz and Greene started the frame with back-to-back singles. Weiner hit a grounder to short that was botched, allowing a run to score.
St. Peters loaded the bases with a single from Peyton Hesskamp. Justin Burski walked to bring home a run and a 2-0 lead. After Aiden Dougherty struck out looking, Jonathon Schlueter slapped an RBI single to right.
The inning ended after Robert Cameron hit a pop fly towards second. The umpire called for the infield fly rule to signal an automatic out. Sullivan’s fielders didn’t catch the ball and Burski took off for home. He was thrown out on a 6-2 to end the inning.
Three runs were plenty for Shultz. He walked Lowe with two outs in the fifth, but got a strikeout. He needed seven pitches to get through Sullivan in the sixth.
After surrendering a leadoff single to Nolie in the seventh, he served up a ball to Alex Branson that was crushed to center, but Derick Reno hauled it in. Nolie stole second, but the game ended when he was caught trying to take third.