Potter’s Home Run, Catch Offense Score Enough to Beat LA

Game Recap 6/28/16 from So. Cal. FCA Baseball on Vimeo.

BOX SCORE

La Mirada, Ca-Early runs paid off for the Southern California Catch as they outlasted the East Los Angeles Dodgers 12-8. Capitalization of three Dodger errors and Caleb Potter’s (West Virginia University) second home run of the summer pushed the Catch past their nonleague opponent.

Despite an early two-run lead from the bottom of the first, starting pitcher Jake Lochner (Missouri State University) struggled with his command and the Dodgers quickly tied the game in the top of the second. After Nate Pecota (William Jewell University) ran out an infield single, he was brought home two batters later by Christian Deaton (Dallas Baptist University), who hit a go-ahead groundout that put the Catch up 3-2. Jacob Hathaway (Undecided) scored on a passed ball and not only gave the Catch a 4-2 lead, but it gave Southern California the foundation to maintain their lead through the rest of the game.

Potter’s home run in the bottom fifth sparked a double from Josh Rojas (University of Hawaii-Manoa), who later scored off a sacrifice fly and gave the Catch a 6-3 lead. Two errors made by the Dodgers led to the Catch scoring two runs, en route to their four-run seventh inning. As it turned out, those runs proved to be the insurance runs needed to out last the Dodgers’ late inning surge.

After scoring two runs in the top of the eighth off Jaiden France (Undecided), the Dodgers threatened to catch up to Southern California by scoring three more in the top of the ninth and bringing their deficit down to four. With two outs, two men on and the tying run in the on deck circle, Rojas transitioned from shortstop to the mound to relieve Nick Wernke (West Virginia University) and struck out the final batter to end the threat and the game.

Because of the rare situation of the ninth inning, Rojas earned a large deficit save for the game, while Lochner improved to 2-1 after receiving the win. Potter and Rojas both ended the game with a pair of hits a piece. The former went 2-5 with two runs, two RBIs and a home run and the later also went 2-5 with two runs and one RBI. Hathaway's contributions came in clutch for the Catch as he scored three times by the end of the game.

The Catch wrap up their nonleague matchups with a solo game against the So Cal Bombers on Wednesday, June 28 at 4:30 p.m.