The Catch Start League Play 0-1

Game Recap 6/7/16 from So. Cal. FCA Baseball on Vimeo.

By Keaton A. Moore - Sports Information

La Mirada, CA-With five non-league games under their belts, the Southern California Catch began their California Collegiate League matchups with a solo game against the Orange County Riptide. Once again their late inning rally in the bottom of the ninth fell short as the Catch dropped to the Riptide 2-4 and lost their second game in a row.

Wasting little time, Orange County went on the board with a two-run single in the top of the second off of starting pitcher Jimmy Gallarda (Biola University). In what proved to be the game-winning run, the Riptide scored an unearned run in the top of the third after the base runner reached first on an error. Gallarda left the mound after pitching six innings with five hits, three earned runs and received the loss.

The Catch held off being shut out with two runs in the bottom of the ninth. At one point, Southern California loaded the bases with no one out, but were only able to bring two runs home on an RBI single and a sacrifice fly.

Although they lost 2-4, the Catch continued their trend of late inning rallies against the OC Riptide. Out of their total 32 runs scored this season, 29 have come no earlier than the fifth inning, including 12 which were scored past the seventh inning.

However, the Catch could not hold back the Riptide, who are shining in their first season in the CCL. Hardly a week into the summer, the Riptide now hold a 5-1 overall record and have a team batting average of .305 and 3.86 ERA. They are 2-0 in conference and lead the south division by a game and a half.

Despite the loss, a number of Catch players left their mark on the Riptide’s pitching staff. After a phenomenal weekend in Palm Springs, Jaiden France (Orange Coast College) played first base and went 2-4. Josh Rojas (University of Hawaii-Manoa) also ended his night with two hits and a run. Fueling the Catch’s late inning surge were Caleb Potter (West Virginia University) and Zack Davis (University of Alabama-Birmingham), who each brought in one run.

The Catch continue on with their interleague match ups with a game in Long Beach to take on the Long Beach Legends on Wednesday, June 8 at 5 p.m.