Southern California Bounces Back to Split Doubleheader with Legends

Game Recap 7/9/16 from So. Cal. FCA Baseball on Vimeo.

Game 1: BOX SCORE

Game 2: BOX SCORE

By Keaton A. Moore - Sports Information

Long Beach, CA- Following the Southern California Catch’s first loss to the Long Beach Legends of the summer, starting pitcher Jimmy Gallarda (Biola University) led the Catch through another stellar outing as they finished their doubleheader 12-11 in conference. Although splitting the twin bill keeps the Catch 4.5 games out of first place in the South Division of the California Collegiate League, the summer is far from over for Southern California.

While the Legends tacked on runs heavily in the early innings of game one, the Catch were held to only three hits through all seven innings. An RBI fielder’s choice and a throwing error gave the Legends a 2-0 lead as starting pitcher Zac Filos (Riverside Community College) struggled through his four inning start, allowing four runs from five hits and three walks.

By the time the Catch put up their first hit of the game, the Legends built a four-run lead over Southern California. New to the Catch’s roster, third baseman Johnny Weeks’ (University of Hawaii-Manoa) first hit of the summer broke up the Legends’ no-hitter in the fifth inning with a leadoff single.

From there, things only went in favor for Long Beach as they buffered their lead with five runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Catch’s comeback effort came too little and too late as Southern California stranded two base runners in the top of the seventh and lost 0-9.

Leading off the second game with a single, shortstop Austin Bull (Grand Canyon University) and Gallarda salvaged the doubleheader and led the Catch to a 5-2 victory over the Legends. Shutting out Long Beach through the first 3.2 innings of the game, Gallarda’s scoreless streak was finally snapped by an RBI triple after not allowing a run through 16.1 innings pitched through his last three starts.

Gaining the first lead of the doubleheader, Weeks cleared the bases with a three-run double, a lead which lasted through the rest of the game. After Long Beach cut their deficit down to one run in the bottom of the fifth, right fielder Christian Deaton (CSU Bakersfield) made up for it with an RBI single that bounced over the third baseman in the top of the sixth. Scoring once more in the top of the ninth gave the Catch enough insurance to beat the Legends 5-2.

Both Gallarda and Bull affirmed their All-Star Game selection with their stellar performances in the doubleheader. Not only has Gallarda allowed only two runs with 22 strikeouts in his last three starts, his 2.04 ERA is the second lowest throughout the CCL and he is one of four pitchers in the league with four wins. Bull finished the game 4-5 with four singles and in his second game of the summer, Weeks went 2-5 with three RBIs.

Over the hump of their games against the Legends, the Catch return home for an afternoon game against Long Beach on Sunday, July 10 at 2 p.m.