An Eight Run First Not Enough for Southern California

Game Recap 6/30/16 from So. Cal. FCA Baseball on Vimeo.

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La Mirada, CA-In a game that turned out differently than it started, the Catch’s winning streak was snapped as they fell to the Orange County Riptide. Despite shocking the Riptide with eight runs in the first inning, the Catch’s massive lead was spoiled as they lost the game 10-11 and dropped to a 6-8 conference record.

Taking advantage of the Riptide’s faltering defense, the Catch took an 8-0 lead after the top of the first. Batting through the lineup, the first six batters were brought home as each player reached base safely at least once in the first inning. Shortstop Josh Rojas (University of Hawaii-Manoa) drove in his 21st RBI of the summer with a triple, which gave the Catch a 2-0 lead.

Following up an RBI single from second baseman Josh Barrick (Liberty University), right fielder Evan Sandmann (Dallas Baptist University) drove in two runs with a double. After reaching base on an error, designated hitter Caleb Potter (West Virginia University) reached base for the second time in the inning with an RBI double.

However, over the course of the middle innings, the Riptide caught up and took the lead with a pair of two-run home runs and a fatal fourth inning. Early into the fourth inning, the Riptide managed to tie the game 8-8. When starting pitcher Zach Clinton (Liberty University) left the mound after 3.2 innings pitched, he also left two base runners, the first of which scored Orange County’s go ahead run. Clinton finished his roughest outing of the summer pitching 3.2 innings with 8 hits and 10 runs. From there, the Catch were held to two runs as the Riptide scored one more in the bottom of the fifth from a passed ball and lost 10-11.

Despite the loss, the Catch were relieved to see infielder Austin Bull (Grand Canyon University) appear in a game since he suffered a heel injury while running down to first base. His last game was on June 16 against the Academy Barons and, although he did not join the defense on the field, he induced a walk in his first at bat in nine games.

Falling down 4.5 games behind the Barons in the South Division standings, the Catch travel to Long Beach to play the Long Beach Legends on Saturday, July 2 at 1:00 p.m.