Exciting Ending Caps the Catch’s Spilt Doubleheader

Game Recap 7/23/16 from So. Cal. FCA Baseball on Vimeo.

Game 1: BOX SCORE

Game 2: BOX SCORE

By Keaton A. Moore – Sports Information

La Mirada, CA- Finishing their twin bill in dramatic fashion, the Southern California Catch tied their doubleheader with the Academy Barons and maintained the edge in the four-game series.

The pitching staff that allowed 16 runs in the previous game held the Catch to three runs and seven hits as Southern California dropped game one of the doubleheader. After the Catch scored two in the bottom of the first, it looked as if starting pitcher Jimmy Gallarda (Biola University) would win his final start of the summer. Third baseman Johnny Week (University of Hawaii-Manoa) hit an RBI double and he eventually scored from a sacrifice fly, giving the Catch a 2-0 lead to end the first inning.

Just as quickly as the Catch took the lead over the Barons, the Academy struck back and scored two of their own in the top of the second. A sacrifice fly scored the Barons first run of the game and put a runner on third, who ran home on an error to tie the game 2-2.

Down 2-3 after the Barons scored once in the top of the fifth, left fielder Caleb Potter (Southern New Hampshire University) tied the game with a one-out home run in the bottom of the sixth. Although the Catch left runners on the corners to end the sixth inning, Potter now leads the Catch with four home runs on the summer. One run proved to be too little for the Catch as the Barons scored the game-winning run in the top of the seventh from a passed ball.

With a single in the first inning, first baseman Zach Malis (Grand Canyon University) extended the on-base streak he built one game earlier. In the series opener, Malis went 3-3 with a trio of walks and his single increased his streak to eight plate appearances. Two innings later, Malis’ streak was snapped when he popped out in the bottom of the third.

Losing the first game 3-4, the Catch quickly built a three-run lead in game two, scoring one run in the first three innings. RBI singles from center fielder Nate Pecota (William Jewell University), third baseman Josh Barrick (Liberty University) and Malis gave the Catch a 3-0 lead going into the fourth inning. However, the Academy jumped within one run of the Catch and plated a pair in the top of the second.

The Catch cushioned their miniscule lead in the bottom of the sixth in an unusual play. With Malis at the dish and second baseman Josh Rojas (University of Hawaii-Manoa) at third, he knocked a pitch towards third baseman off a check swing and reached first safely from an errant throw. Although Rojas came into score, Malis was tagged out between first and second. Despite an RBI single in the top of the ninth, a rocket-throw from right fielder Christian Deaton (CSU Bakersfield) was enough to tag the game-tying run out at home as the Catch beat the Barons 4-3.

The consistent trend seen from the Catch three games into their series with the Barons is early scoring. Out of the 23 runs scored by Southern California, 17 were scored before the fourth inning.

With a chance to clinch the four-games series, the Catch face the Barons for the last time this summer at the MLB Urban Youth Academy on Sunday, July 24 at 1 p.m.