The Catch Loch'ed Down to Beat Conejo

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

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By Keaton A. Moore

La Mirada, Ca- With the odds stacked against them, the Southern California Catch shut out the red-hot Conejo Oaks and moved back up to an even 10-10 conference record. Combined with catcher Daniel Ramirez’s (Mt. San Antonio College) first home run of the summer and the nine-strikeout start of Jake Lochner (Missouri State University), the Catch pulled out with a 6-0 victory over the Oaks.

A pair of late innings home runs finished off the Catch in their first meeting with the Oaks. With the game tied going into the ninth inning, Southern California gave up a three-run home run, giving Conejo the 7-4 win.

Seeking his third win in his fifth start, Lochner improved to 3-1 after giving up only two hits and nine strikeouts through six innings in his best outing of the summer. With two three-strikeouts innings, Lochner struck out nearly the entire Conejo lineup, save one.  

Back-to-back leadoff hits in the bottom of the second set up right fielder Sam Mrstik (Dallas Baptist University) to hit a sacrifice fly and give the Catch their first run of the game. Later in the inning, while center fielder Nate Pecota (William Jewell University) attempted to steal second base, designated hitter Jaiden France (Undecided) was able to score and give Southern California a 2-0 lead.

After second baseman Josh Barrick (Liberty University) added a run to the Catch’s side of the scoreboard with a hard-hit RBI double, Ramirez put the Catch up 4-0 with his first home run of the summer. Not only did Ramirez go yard, but he ended his second game with the Catch 3-4 with a pair of singles, two runs and an RBI.

With two more runs added from an RBI double hit by left fielder Caleb Potter (West Virginia University), the bullpen maintained the shut out started by Lochner, featuring a one-inning appearance by right-handed pitcher Jacob Gonzalez (San Jose State University). Ever since June 15, Gonzalez was put on the disabled list after a line drive to the foot and in his first appearance back, he pitched a three-up-three-down seventh inning.

Until the All-Star Game, the Catch play a five-game set against the Long Beach Legends, starting on Thursday, July 8 at 4:30 p.m.