The Corpus Christi Raspas defeated the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio 2-0 Sunday evening in front of a sellout crowd of 7,762 at Wolff Stadium.
Sunday began quite well for the Chanclas. The club clinched its second straight postseason berth when Frisco lost 2-0 at Midland earlier in the day. Corpus Christi locked up the second half title in the process, making Sunday night's Copa Showdown an early playoff preview.
And what a preview it was as Chanclas righty Jesse Scholtens and the Raspas' J.B. Bukauskas clashed in a sensational pitcher's duel.
Scholtens allowed just two hits and two walks, while striking out five over six and a third scoreless frames. The Fairfield, CA native retired the Raspas in order four different times and threw 49 of his 80 pitches for strikes.
Bukauskas was extremely impressive in his Double-A debut, tossing six shutout innings of his own and allowing just Peter Van Gansen's single in the sixth. The righty fanned eight in his debut, while only walking a pair.
The game remained scoreless until the eighth when the Raspas broke through against right-hander Seth Simmons with Eduardo de Oleo's RBI single to left center. The Raspas tacked on an insurance run against Simmons (1-1) in the ninth as Taylor Jones knocked in Chas McCormick with a single to left center.
Kit Scheetz (2-1) notched the win for Corpus Christi with three innings of four-hit ball.
San Antonio (29-38, 71-66) and Corpus Christi (38-30, 81-56) conclude the 2018 regular season Monday with a Labor Day matinee at The Wolff. First pitch on H-E-B Family Day is slated for 2:05 PM. Right-hander Chris Huffman (1-1, 3.09) will get the ball for the Missions in the finale, while the Hooks counter with southpaw Brett Adcock (3-2, 4.13).
Notes: The teams will begin the Texas League South Division Playoffs Wednesday at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi. First pitch, both Wednesday and Thursday in Corpus, will be 6:35 PM.
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