Exciting Start Ends with Catch Victory

Game Recap 7/14/16 from So. Cal. FCA Baseball on Vimeo.


By Keaton A. Moore – Sports Information

La Mirada, CA- Facing an early four-run deficit in the beginning of the game, the Southern California Catch battled back to defeat the East Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5. Unlike their first meeting, both teams scored a majority of their runs in the first half of the game and after a rough start, starting pitcher Nicolas Cumpston (Eastern Kentucky University) pitched seven innings and improved to 2-1 on the summer.

Ever since his victory over the Santa Barbara Foresters on June 10, Cumpston found his second win of the summer against the Dodgers. Although he struggled early on, allowing four runs through the first two innings, the Catch’s offense came to Cumpston’s aid.

Down 0-4, right fielder Christian Deaton (CSU Bakersfield) gave Southern California their first run of the game with an RBI double in the bottom of the third. Later in the inning, Deaton scored as third baseman Johnny Weeks (University of Hawaii-Manoa) hit an RBI single and later scored himself during a pickle between first and second.

Coming up with two men on and two outs, designated hitter Daniel Ramirez (Mt. San Antonio College) tied the game 4-4 with an RBI single in the bottom of the third. Although the Catch left two men on base in the third, Southern California took a two-run lead after the bottom of the fourth.

Leading off the inning with back-to-back singles, Weeks scored on an error by the third baseman. The Catch extended their lead in the same innings with an RBI single from first baseman Sam Mrstik (Dallas Baptist University), a lead which outlasted the Dodgers’ attempted one-run comeback in the top of the eighth. In the end, Southern California fought a four-run deficit to beat the Dodgers 6-5.

Leading off for the first time this season, Weeks ended the game 3-5, scoring two runs and driving in one. Batting in the second and third spot, short stop Josh Rojas (University of Hawaii-Manoa) and second baseman Josh Barrick (Liberty University) both ended the night 2-4, the forming with one run.

Now holding a 22-15 overall record, the Catch head up north to play a crucial three-game series against the San Luis Obispo Blues. Both teams are no more than a game behind in the Wild Card race and this series could push either team closer to clinching that fourth playoff spot. Their series starts on Friday, July 15 at 6 p.m.