Southern California Loses Series by Nine Runs

Game Recap 7/21/16 from So. Cal. FCA Baseball on Vimeo.


By Keaton A. Moore – Sports Information

La Mirada, CA- A game that quickly spun out of control, the Orange County Riptide more than flipped the score on the Southern California Catch from the series opener, beating Southern California 20-11. Although the Catch scored seven runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Riptide scored in all but two innings and 12 of their runs were scored with two outs on the board.

By the time the Catch scored in the bottom of the fourth, they were trailing the Riptide 0-11 and starting pitcher Nicolas Cumpston (Eastern Kentucky University) was knocked from the game. Throughout his three innings pitched, Cumpston struggled with command and finding his spots, giving up nine runs with six hits and three walks. The defense behind him provided shaky support and was responsible for four of Cumpston’s total runs.

Designated hitter Austin Bull (Grand Canyon University) owned the Catch’s only hit of the game until second baseman Josh Barrick (Liberty University) sent a moonshot over the leftfield wall in the bottom of the fourth inning. His second home run of the summer gave the Catch three runs and cut the Riptide’s lead down to eight.

However, the Riptide made up those three runs and more, scoring another nine runs through the next five innings and taking a 20-4 lead over the Catch after the top of the ninth. With a 17-run hole to climb out of, Southern California did their best to catch up to the Riptide with seven runs in the bottom of the ninth. With one out and the bases loaded, left fielder Caleb Potter (Southern New Hampshire University) drove in a run with an RBI single and was followed up by shortstop Josh Rojas (University of Hawaii-Manoa), who plated two with a double.

With a runner at third, Barrick hit a sacrifice fly for the second out and the Catch’s fifth run of the inning. One out away from losing the game, Southern California managed to put up two more runs, thanks to RBI hits from third baseman Robert Bultena (Undecided) and catcher Jacob Hathaway (Undecided). Unfortunately for the Catch, that was where their rally ended, dropping to a 14-16 conference record.

Losing two in a row to the Tide put the Catch even farther behind in the race for the final Wild Card spot. With teams such as the Menlo Park Legends, the San Luis Obispo Blues and the Conejo Oaks fighting for the fourth playoff spot, the Catch fall to two games back of the currently fourth place Healdsburg Prune Packers.

With their hopes of making a playoff run in the balance, the Catch’s next challenge is a three-game series against the Academy Barons, starting on Friday, July 22 at 4:30 p.m.