Catch Cannot Prevail in Extra Inning Heartbreak


Garrett Osterode – SID

La Mirada, Calif – The Catch opened California Collegiate League action Monday night against the Ventura Halos. So Cal dropped their fourth straight game, the first at Eagles Diamond, by the final score of 12-10.

This wasn’t the start the Catch intended for when they arrived back home, surrendering 4 runs in the top of the first inning and quickly digging a gaping hole that needed to be leaped out of. Zac Whittaker (Fresno City) got the start for the Catch. Whittaker lasted four innings and allowed seven runs (six earned) on nine Halo hits while surrendering two walks.

This wasn’t the same pitcher that we saw in his first start. On Monday night Whittaker struggled to get ahead of hitters, which led him to a lot of fastball counts and the Halo hitters were able to take advantage.

But, the Catch offense, for the second night in a row, showed their resiliency and pushed forward despite a large gap on the scoreboard. In this particular occurrence, So Cal was able to come back in two separate instances.

In the sixth inning the Catch were able to bat around the entire order and score six runs to capture the lead 9-7. In the inning, Jim Jeffries (UAB), Tobias Johnson (Arkansas State), Nate Pecota (William Jewell), Mitchell Bumann (HPU), and Jonathon Ducoff (Houston Baptist) all picked up RBIs in the inning.

The second occurrence came after Conner Davis (Creighton) gave up the two-run lead by surrendering three runs in the inning. Luckily, thanks to great baserunning by tonight’s player of the game, Grant Robbins (UNLV), the Catch were able to tie it up heading into the ninth inning.

The Catch, unfortunately, were unable to complete the comeback. After forcing extra innings for the first time this season, Bailey Martin (Miami) came in to pitch the 10th inning and gave up two runs the Catch were not able to make up for on the offensive side.

Bullpen Stars:

Tucker Thomason (Fresno City) and Tayt Smith (Azusa Pacific) have continued their excellence this season pitching four combined innings and surrendering zero runs. This drops Tuckers ERA to 1.42 on the season and keeps Tayt’s at a perfect 0.00.

Moments that Mattered:

Conner Davis relived Hunter McIntosh (Grandview) in the top of the 7th inning with the bases loaded and one out. Davis was able to come in and on the second pitch induced an inning ending double play which allowed the Catch to hold onto their two-run lead at the time.

 With runners on the corners and two strikes and two outs on Jonathon Ducoff in the bottom of the eighth inning, Grant Robbins was able to come in and score the tying run on a wild pitch that he got a perfect read on.