Catch Melt in the Desert

By Keaton A.  Moore - Sports Information

Palm Springs, California-The Southern California Catch started off their first road trip of the season with a loss to the Palm Spring Power. Battling the heat, the Catch’s offense could not mimic the runs produced by the Power as they lost 3-11, dropping to 2-1 on the season.

Despite a quick first inning, the Power roughed up starting pitcher Zach Clinton (Liberty University) in the bottom of the second with a number of hits and well-timed walk, taking an early 0-4 lead. The Catch had valuable opportunities to score in the top of the first and second, with runners in scoring position, but they were unable to score until the fifth inning.

After striking out twice, left fielder Caleb Potter (West Virginia University) hit a single which brought in two runs and cut the Catch’s deficit in half. Two batters later, shortstop Josh Rojas (University of Hawaii-Manoa) brought the Power’s lead down to one run with an RBI groundout.

However, the Power regained a four-run lead in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs off of James Goodwin Jr. (Arizona Western University) and Brandon Gilson (Texas Christian University). They kept producing runs in the sixth inning, scoring three runs off of Nick Swizek (California State-Dominguez Hills) and taking a 3-10 lead.

After adding another run in the seventh, Daniel Jang (Biola University) made his second appearance of the summer and closed out the game. He battled back from a leadoff single and a diving catch form right fielder Ethan Lopez (University of Hawaii-Manoa) kept the Power from adding to their lead in the ninth inning. As the Catch went down in order in the bottom of the ninth, Clinton received loss as the Power handed Southern California their first loss of the season.

The Catch continue the hunt for their first win of against the Power with the second game of the series on Saturday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m.