Catch Lose Series to Legends in Rubber Match

Game Recap 7/12/16 from So. Cal. FCA Baseball on Vimeo.


By Keaton A. Moore – Sports Information

La Mirada, CA-Once again battling a team-wide illness, the Southern California Catch fell to a comeback, eighth inning rally to the Long Beach Legends. Splitting the first four games, the five game series came down to a rubber match, which was ultimately decided in the last two innings of the game. Not only have the Catch lost their series against the Legends, but Southern California dropped back down below even to a 12-13 conference record. 

Because of the illness that recently spread throughout the team, a number of positions were moved around in order to make up for the lost players. As a result, infielders Robert Bultena (Undecided) and Josh Rojas (University of Hawaii-Manoa) were sent to the outfield.

Trying to win the series, the Catch tossed starting pitcher Zach Clinton (Liberty University) on the mound against the Legends, who is trying to bounce back from two rocky starts. Holding the Legends to three hits over six innings earlier in the summer, Clinton continued to roll against Long Beach, allowing seven hits and two runs through 4.2 innings.

Right when Southern California fell into a 0-1 hole, Rojas dug the Catch out with a two-run RBI triple in the bottom of the second. After a pair of pickoffs in the bottom of the fourth, designated hitter Daniel Ramirez (Mt. San Antonio College) gave the Catch a one-run buffer in the bottom of the fourth with his first home run of the summer. Ramirez drove in another run in the bottom of the sixth, en route to his 2-4 night with one run and two RBIs.

Clinton’s chances for his fourth win of the summer were erased as the Legends scored three runs in the top of the eighth to take the lead. Although the Catch loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, their rally fell two-runs short as they lost to Long Beach 4-6.

And now the Catch head into the All-Star Game unable to cash in on their valuable opportunity to move up in the California Collegiate League standings. Their 12-13 record puts them six games back to the Academy Barons in the South Division and 1.5 games back from the Menlo Park Legends in the Wild Card race.

After four Catch players compete in the CCL All Star Game on Wednesday, July 13 at 7 p.m. at the MLB Youth Academy, Southern California returns home to play their final nonleague game of the summer against the East Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, July 14 at 4:30 p.m.