Catch Chopped by Conejo

Game Recap 7/26/16 from So. Cal. FCA Baseball on Vimeo.


By Keaton A. Moore – Sports Information

Thousand Oaks, CA- The Southern California Catch hit the road for the final time in 2016 to face the contending Conejo Oaks. Although the Catch were eliminated from the playoffs one game earlier, the Oaks move one game closer to securing the Wild Card spot in the California Collegiate League playoffs with their 19-4 victory over Southern California.

Coming in for his third start of the summer was starting pitcher Zac Filos (Riverside Community College), who typically works as a middle reliever in the Catch’s pitching staff. Wasting no time, the Oaks gained a three-run lead after two RBI singles and a groundout in the bottom of the first inning. Over the next four innings, the Catch worked in vain to keep up with Conejo; scoring one run in the second, third and fourth innings.

Catcher Jacob Hathaway (Undecided) rewarded right fielder Evan Sandmann’s (Dallas Baptist University) leadoff double and drove him in with an RBI single in the second. One inning later, leftfielder Caleb Potter (Southern New Hampshire University) plated second baseman Josh Barrick (Liberty University), who reached on an infield error, with an RBI single up the middle. The first of two back-to-back walks to start off the fourth inning was driven in by an RBI single from the bat of centerfielder Nate Pecota (William Jewell University). 


After a chaotic first half, the middle innings settled down as left-handed pitcher Brandon Gilson (Texas Christian University) and right-handed pitcher Nick Swizek (CSU Dominquez Hills) led the Catch through three shutout innings. The Catch next scored in the top of the seventh as Barrick stole home while Conejo’s catcher attempted to throw out the runner at first.

However, the game heated up again as the Oaks put up six more runs in the bottom of the seventh. Southern California’s struggle stretched into the eighth inning when the Oaks added three runs to their lead with a passed ball and an RBI double. With a man at second, the Catch called upon the outfielder Sam Mrstik (Dallas Baptist University) to close out the game and he ended with only one hit, one run from a sacrifice fly and two strikeouts.

Hoping to end their season on a high note, the Catch play their final game of the summer against the Long Beach Legends on Wednesday, July 27 at 4:30 p.m.