Canterbury near perfect in 3A title game win over Santa Fe Catholic

By Katherine Smith, Bright House Sports Network
Last Updated: Saturday, May 14, 2016, 11:12 PM EDT
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Canterbury pitcher Tyler Shuck was perfect in the Class 3A state baseball championship game.

Perfect through five innings.

Shuck had a perfect game going against Santa Fe Catholic until Patrick Haggins laid down a bunt in the top of the sixth.

It was one of the few blemishes on Shuck's performance as his Cougars team defeated the Hawks 6-0 to claim the 3A crown.

Shuck mostly silenced Santa Fe's bats. He retired 17-consecutive batters, including five-straight strikeouts. He also got the scoring going for the Cougars.

Santa Fe started off a bit shaky. Two Canterbury runners reached base on errors in the bottom of the first. Then Shuck drove them in with a two-run double down the third base line for a 2-0 Cougars lead.

Canterbury added two more runs in the bottom of the second with a RBI singles from Donovan Duvall and Cooper Swanson.

Another Hawks error put runners on the corners in the bottom of the third. But UCF commit Zach Scott got a strikeout for the third out to prevent further damage.

Throwing errors crept back in the fourth inning and led to another Canterbury run for 5-0 lead. Cooper Swanson followed that up with a sac fly to make it 6-0.

Santa Fe staged a mini rally in the top of the sixth. After Haggins broke up the perfect game, Nik Tamayo followed with a single to put two runners on, but they were left stranded.

The Hawks went down swinging in the top of the seventh. Matt Wurthmann, Patrick Hicks and Alex Contreras each singled to load the bases with two outs. But like their previous rally, runners were left stranded.