The Catch Fall to the Barons' Hit-Fest

Game Recap 6/26/16 from So. Cal. FCA Baseball on Vimeo.


By Keaton A. Moore - Sports Information

La Mirada, CA-In retaliation for snapping their impressive winning streak, the Academy Barons handed the Southern California Catch their worst loss of the summer. Errors and walks haunted the Catch as they lost 2-17 and dropped back down to 3.5 games out of first in the South Division.   

Right off the bat, the Barons jumped ahead of the Catch and starting pitcher Nicholas Cumpston (Eastern Kentucky University) with a RBI groundout. The next inning, the Barons added two runs on their lead with RBI double and a sacrifice fly. As Jimmy Gallarda (Biola University) scored from a passed ball in the bottom of the third, 1-3 would be the closest the Catch came to catching up with the Barons.

Despite settling down in the third and fourth, Cumpston was pulled from the fifth inning after pitching 4.2 innings and allowing four hits and six runs, one unearned. After the Baron’s three-run fifth inning, the Academy went on to score seven more through the sixth and seventh. The only other run the Catch mustered the bring home was from an RBI double hit by Josh Barrick (Liberty University), but as the Barons scored four more in the top of the ninth, Southern California fell 2-17.

An upside to the Catch’s loss to the Barons was the lack of home runs hit by their opponent. Although the Academy ended with 14 hits, only one left the park. One pitcher who kept the baseball in the park was Chandler Dale (University of Louisville), who made his first appearance on the mound in a Catch jersey. Unfortunately for Dale, his summer debut was not exactly what he hoped, pitching 1.1 innings and giving up two hits and three runs.

Only two Catch players ended the game with multiple hits, Barrick, who went 2-4 with one RBI and Ethan Lopez (University of Hawaii-Manao), who finished 2-4.

The Catch begin a three-game, nonleague home stand against the San Francisco Seals on Monday, June 27 at 4:30 p.m.