Rutledge strong in Cardinals win

Matt Rutledge showed he could give the Carson High baseball team depth in its pitching staff next year by throwing six shutout innings for the Carson Cardinals in a 6-4 win over the Damonte Rebels on Friday at Ron McNutt Field.

Rutledge carried a one-hit shutout into the sixth inning when he ran into the only serious trouble he faced. He allowed two singles and walked a batter to load the bases with two outs. After falling behind 3-0 to the next hitter, he induced a groundout to end the inning before being removed from the game.

Carson took a 2-0 lead in the second without the benefit of a hit. Rob Valerius walked, stole second, went to third on an error and scored on Markus Adams' RBI groundout. Drew Good brought home another run with a safety squeeze bunt to make it 2-0.

In the third, Bryt Lewis and Tony Fagan singled and David Leid followed with a two-run double. Valerius then hit an RBI single to make it 5-0.

In the seventh, Joe Skates singled and scored all the way from first on a hit and run when Paul Cagle singled to right field.

Skates had three hits, including a triple, Lewis had two hits and Kyle Stone, Stephen Sawyers, Good and Rutledge all added a hit. The Cardinals are scheduled to play again at 6 p.m. today against the Nevada Yankees at McNutt Field.


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