Southern California Calmed the Sea and Beat the Waves

Game Recap 6/9/16 from So. Cal. FCA Baseball on Vimeo.

By Keaton A. Moore - Sports Information

For the first time since game two in Palm Springs, the Southern California Catch scored eight-plus runs to best the San Diego Waves. Highlighted by stellar defense and Jacob Hathaway’s (Undecided) first home run of the season, the Catch improved to a 5-3 overall record as they beat the Waves 9-6.

Starting pitcher Jakob Gonzalez (La Mirada High School) escaped trouble in the top of the first and went on to pitch four, shutout innings, allowing only two hits and one walk. The Catch’s offense quickly supported Gonzalez’ strong outing with a massively productive first inning.

Southern California batted through the lineup in the first inning, taking a 5-0 lead over the Waves on three hits, one walk and two errors. Caleb Potter (West Virginia University) put the Catch ahead with an RBI double. Two batters later, Jimmy Gallarda (Biola University) reached first on a fielder’s choice as the first baseman attempted to nab Josh Barrick (Liberty University) at home plate.

As Barrick slid into home, the throw from the first baseman hit him on the helmet. No serious harm was done to Barrick and his run counted.

The next batter, Zach Davis (University of Alabama-Birmingham), brought in another run with the first of back-to-back RBI doubles in the inning. Christian Deaton’s (CSU Bakersfield) first at bat of the season for the Catch was a double deep to right field which scored Gallarda from third. Deaton ended his first game 2-4 with one RBI.

After Gonzalez left the mound, the Waves cut down their five-run deficit by scoring three runs in the top of the seventh. Leading 5-4, the Catch added two more runs to their lead when Jacob Hathaway (Undecided) hit a two-run home run, which put away the Waves for good.

In the end, Caleb MacPherson (Bethel College) held the Waves to two runs through the last three innings of the game, allowing four hits with three strikeouts. Austin Bull (Grand Canyon University) ended his night 2-3, scoring one run and stealing four bases. Bull, Barrick and Gallarda all played a role in the Catch's four double plays against the Waves. 

After a short break from interleague play, the Catch prepare to play the Santa Barbara Foresters on Friday, June 10 at 4:30 p.m.