Outstanding Pitching Performance Falls Just Short

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Garrett Osterode -- SID

La Mirada, Calif. – The Catch (3-5) travelled to Santa Barbara to take on the Foresters on Thursday night after three days on non-baseball action. So Cal battled tough and held a lead late, but dropped this one by the final score of 4-3.

Zac Whittaker delivered not only his best start of the season, but the best start any Catch pitcher all season long. Zac was the first pitcher to reach the seven-inning mark and even surpassed it by lasting eight strong innings. Zac allowed only two Forester hits, two runs (both unearned) and struck out five. Whittaker delivered the type of start that coach Peters has been expecting to see all season long and hopes to see in the upcoming weeks of the season.

The Santa Barbara starter Jake McDonald was just as tough, carving through the Catch lineup through the first four innings. It wasn’t until the sixth inning when Evan Sandmann (Dallas Baptist) led off the inning with a four-pitch walk, stole second and Mitchell Bumann (Hawaii Pacific) drove him in with a laser single into right field that finally put the Catch on the board and tied the game 1-1. Following Bumann was Nate Pecota (William Jewell) who delivered and RBI single himself to take the lead 2-1.

After both teams would go on to score one more run each before the ninth inning the score was 3-2 and seemed to be well in the Catch’s hands based on how they were pitching the ball. Matthew Wade (Southeastern Missouri State) came into to close things out, and couldn’t quite hold on. After a couple of close plays that didn’t go So Cal’s direction, they ended up losing on a RBI walk-off single by Ashton Easley who was playing in his last game with the Foresters before he heads back to the Air Force Academy.

Shay Whitcomb (UCSD) also delivered an impressive performance for the catch going 2-4 with a run scored and some excellent defense at second base. This was Shay’s first multi-hit ballgame and most definitely not his last.

Although this was a heartbreaking loss the Catch can take this masterful pitching performance into the upcoming schedule knowing that their pitchers will give their all for this team. Timely hitting and great pitching are keys to success and it’s one thing the Catch are doing very well.

Looking Ahead:

 The Catch head back to Biola and welcome in the Orange County Riptide. This will be the first action this season between the Riptide and the Catch. Game time is slated for 4:30pm at Eagles Diamond.