Southern California Goes Dutch with Halos in Doubleheader

Game Recap 7/5/16 from So. Cal. FCA Baseball on Vimeo.

Game 1: BOX SCORE

Game 2: BOX SCORE

La Mirada, CA-In a wild doubleheader against the Ventura Halos, highlighted by a triple play made in the second game, the Southern California Catch maintained an even conference record and only temporarily gained ground on the Academy Barons in the California Collegiate League standings. Similar to their first meeting with the Halos, the Catch split the series with Ventura, losing and winning by nearly identical scores.

Leaving his bullpen duties and starting his first game of the summer, Zac Filos (Riverside Community College) pitched the Catch through seven scoreless innings. After a quick top of the first, the Catch’s offense sprung into action and gave Filos adequate run support to earn his first win of the summer.

“Seeing three runs in the first inning was definitely a lot of support,” said Filos. “So you don’t have to be too fine and let the batters hit the ball and they’ll get themselves out”

Aggressive base running gave the Catch three runs in the bottom of the first in game one, a lead which the team rode through the rest of the game. Leading off the inning with a walk, shortstop Austin Bull (Grand Canyon University) stole his way to third and was brought home by a sacrifice fly from Zach Malis (Grand Canyon University). Following up Malis, Caleb Potter (West Virginia University) and Evan Sandmann (Dallas Baptist University) both hit RBI singles and extended Southern California’s lead to 3-0.

The Catch’s victory over the Halos in game one was overshadowed by the tragedy involving centerfielder Ethan Lopez (University of Hawaii-Manoa) in the bottom of the fifth. Although a run crossed the plate, Lopez was caught in a pickle between first and second and as he slid back into first his right hand was stepped on by the Halos’ first baseman. He was immediately helped off the field and escorted to the closest hospital. Luckily for Lopez his injury was not as serious as it could have been and he was released from the hospital with 20 stitches in his hand.

Ventura turned the tables as they blanked the Catch in game two of the doubleheader. Despite a number of opportunities to score, the Catch were unable to bring home a run as the Halos won 3-0. Not only did two runs in the top of the third give the Halos their game-winning lead, it also snapped the Catch’s impressive scoreless streak they built. Starting in the eighth inning against the Long Beach Legends three games prior, the Catches scoreless streak came to an end at 20.2 innings after an RBI single in the third.

Despite the loss, the Catch were able to achieve something not many of their fellow teams in the California Collegiate team have done. With runners on the corners and no outs, intelligent fielding led the Catch to a 5-6-2-5-4 triple play to end the inning.

Tagging the second out between third and home was the newest member of the Catch’s squad, catcher Daniel Ramirez (Mt. San Antonio College), who debuted with Southern California against the Halos. Although he flew out to the second baseman in his first at bat of the summer, he reached base twice with a single and a walk, ending the night 1-3.

Hoping to replicate the success they had against the Santa Barbara Foresters earlier in the summer, the Catch head up north to play their opponent on Tuesday, July 6 at 5 p.m.