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Rattlers sting Wahoos

SLO Rattlers second baseman Nigel Morton completes the first out of a double play against the California Wahoos' Tony Salangsang on Thursday evening at SLO Stadium.
Photo by Nick Lucero 07-16-10
SLO Rattlers second baseman Nigel Morton completes the first out of a double play against the California Wahoos' Tony Salangsang on Thursday evening at SLO Stadium. Photo by Nick Lucero 07-16-10 Tribune

Former San Luis Obispo High standout and current San Luis Obispo Rattler Davey Schultz knows what playing for the California Wahoos 18-and-under baseball team can do for a young player’s skill level.

Schultz played for the Wahoos a year ago before making the transition to college baseball as an outfielder for Cuesta College. As a freshman for the Cougars, Schultz helped the team get within one postseason win of the state’s final four.

Schultz put on a display of what he learned since his time with the Wahoos, collecting three hits, scoring twice and collecting two RBI in an 11-0 win over his old team at SLO Stadium on Thursday.

“They’re one of the best teams at what they do,” Schultz said of the Wahoos. “They get you well prepared to play college baseball.”

Schultz recorded two of his three hits off current Arroyo Grande High pitcher Colton Haynes, but he denied taking any extra satisfaction from producing runs against a pitcher from his former rival high school.

“To be honest, I didn’t even recognize him,” Schultz said. “You just go up there and do your thing, regardless of who is pitching.”Rattlers manager Roy Howell agreed that rivalries mean little once the batter steps into the box.

“As a player you don’t think about any of that stuff. You’re just thinking about ‘he’s throwing the ball and I gotta hit it,’ ” Howell said. “If you’re in high school and you’re playing A.G. against San Luis or like when I was growing up, Lompoc against Santa Maria, yeah man, you’re grinding. Lompoc against Cabrillo, you’re grinding.

“That’s high school rivalries for you. But once you go off and play college ball at the college level, they have rivalries there too. But high school rivalries, that’s all just talk.”

Haynes won three games for Arroyo Grande as a junior this season with a 5.37 ERA. He struggled at times against the Rattlers (14-17), an older, more experienced team, but kept his composure including in the fourth inning when he struck out consecutive batters to get out of a bases loaded jam.

Howell has worked with Haynes in the past to try and help develop his game. He said he wasn’t surprised to see Haynes hang in there and work through some tough spots.

“He’s a competitor,” Howell said. “He’s a guy that will go out there and get after it and he threw the ball well. They made a couple mistakes behind him and then we got a couple hits and that’s how it happens.”

Haynes exited after allowing four earned runs in 41⁄3 innings while striking out six and walking one.

The Wahoos, who are made up almost exclusively of players from the PAC 7 and Los Padres League, replaced Haynes with high school teammate, Jesse Yancosek.

“Arroyo Grande kids, Santa Maria kids — wherever they’re from — San Luis kids, whoever is here at this level is here to compete,” Howell said. “It helps them develop during the high school season and that’s what we’re all after.”

San Luis Obispo Blues 8, Conejo Oaks 5

The Blues stormed out to a 7-1 lead and held on late to beat Conejo.

Catcher Cory Burleson had two hits and two RBI for San Luis Obispo (21-11, 15-7 California Collegiate League), and Matt Orloff added two hits.

J.D. Sailles got the win for the Blues after allowing one run on three hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked none.

Caleb Reed needed just four pitches to get the save for San Luis Obispo.

Tribune staff contributed to this report.

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