Catch Outslug Long Beach in Wild Win

Game Recap 7/8/16 from So. Cal. FCA Baseball on Vimeo.

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By Keaton A. Moore – Sports Information

La Mirada, CA- In the first game of five consecutive games against the Long Beach Legends, the Southern California Catch win a back-and-forth battle, full of home runs and unusual controversy. Despite being out hit 10-13, the Catch snuck past the Legends for their twentieth win of the summer.

The Legends came out swinging against the Catch’s pitching staff, contrary to the first two meetings between these two teams. Beating Long Beach in both games, the Catch held the Legends to one run through two games. Not only have the Catch continued their success against the Legends, they moved up to an 11-10 conference record, their first solidified positive conference record since June 17.

Further proving his All-Star Game worth, first baseman Jimmy Gallarda (Biola University) opened up the scoring with an RBI double in the bottom of the second. However, their lead was short-lived as the Legends jumped on starting pitcher Nicolas Cumpston (Eastern Kentucky University) and tied the game with an RBI single. Before Cumpston left the mound in the fifth inning, the Legends gained the lead with a two-run RBI double in the top of the fourth. What followed, was a wild struggle for the lead.

In a moment of premature joy, it looked as if leftfielder Caleb Potter (West Virginia University) tied the game with a two-run home run in bottom of the fifth. However, after a heated argument between Long Beach’s coaching staff and the umpires, one run was taken away because Potter passed second baseman Robert Bultena (Undecided) on the base path and was called out. 

Leading off the following inning with back-to-back doubles, right fielder Sam Mrstik (Dallas Baptist University) sent all controversy and unsettled feelings from the Catch dugout out of the park with a three-run home run, his first of the summer. Leading 5-3 heading into the top of the seventh, the Legends slowly creped back and took a 7-5 lead with an RBI groundout and back-to-back home runs.

After catch Rawley Hughes (Biola University) brought the Catch up 6-7 with a sacrifice bunt, Bultena and Potter put the the Catch up for good with back-to-back RBI hits to wrap up the eighth inning. The Catch took their 8-7 lead into the ninth inning where right-handed pitcher Jaiden France (Undecided) shut down the Legends and earned his first win of the summer.

The Catch rematch the Legends in an a twinight doubleheader in Long Beach on Saturday, July 9 at 1 p.m.