Stull picks up pace as SPC defeats Los Angeles foe
By ERIC MUSKATEVC
Published March 28, 2006
DUNEDIN - The baseball grab bag didn't rattle Matt Stull.
As the Dunedin Spring Classic grows, it attracts higher caliber, even out-of-state teams and boasts a week of varying sandlot styles.
So when Los Angeles Roosevelt High showed up to the Englebert Complex Monday night with a scrappy, time-consuming brand of ball, St. Petersburg Catholic pitcher Stull, took his own time on the mound - all seven innings - and unnerved the Riders with a 5-4 win.
"They rattled us a bit," said Stull, 4-0 and a recent Central Florida signee. "But we didn't get frustrated out there, you can't let stuff like that get into you."
SPC (13-4) scored the winning run in the fifth inning. Pete Woodworth (2-for-3) led off with a walk, followed by a sacrifice from Matt Petty. Woodworth scored on a passed ball to give the Barons a 5-3 lead.
SPC took a 4-0 lead by the third inning, scoring on its first three at-bats. Mike Bronk and Robby Stahl, respectively, doubled to lead off the first and second innings.
Roosevelt fought right back, scoring three in the bottom of the third after a leadoff error and a double from Jesse Castellanos.
"They were definitely a good team, well coached, and of equal defense tonight," SPC coach Charlie Guastela said. "Matt's our big dog. He shook it off and didn't let that inning get to him."
Roosevelt scored in the sixth but Stull stranded a runner on third base with a strikeout, then retired the side in order in the seventh. With 119 pitches, Stull struck out six and scattered six hits. Alfred Rubalcava went the distance for the Riders (7-2-1) and struck out five.