The Catch Take the Doubleheader and a Division Lead

Game Recap 6/12/16 (Double Header) from So. Cal. FCA Baseball on Vimeo.

By Keaton A. Moore

BOX SCORE (GAME 1)

BOX SCORE (GAME 2)

Irvine, CA-The Southern California Catch broke the knotted up standings in the South Division of the California Collegiate League wide open as they swept their doubleheader against the Orange County Riptide. Earlier in the season, the Catch lost to the Riptide in their first interleague game of the year, but came out on top, winning both games by three-plus runs.

Prior to their twin bill with the Riptide, the Catch were tied with the Academy Barons and the Riptide for first place in the South Division. Now with two more interleague wins added to their conference record, Southern California stand 4-2 and hold a one game lead in the division.

A pair of Biola University pitchers threw the first game of the doubleheader as starting pitcher Jimmy Gallarda (Biola University) got a second chance to face the Riptide after receiving the loss for the Catch’s 2-4 defeat against Orange County earlier in the season. He did not disappoint, pitching six innings and finishing his outing with seven hits and three runs.

The Catch quietly took a 2-0 lead over the Riptide by the end of the second inning. Caleb Potter (Undecided) hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the first, giving Southern California a one-run lead. Discipline at the plate brought in the Catch’s second run of the game with three consecutive walks after Zach Malis (Grand Canyon University) opened the second inning with a single.  

Leading the game 2-0, a walk in the bottom of the fourth sparked a four-hit rally for the Riptide, which brought Orange County even with the Catch. Locked at two, Jaiden France (Undecided) scored from third off a wild pitch and later in the inning, Nate Pecota (William Jewell University) cleared the bases with a single, putting the Catch up 5-2.

Although the Riptide scored off an RBI triple, Potter showed off his speed and scored off a wild pitch in the top of the seventh. Throughout the game, the Catch showed intelligent base running, scoring two runs off wild pitches from the Riptide’s hurlers. The Catch and Daniel Jang (Biola University) closed out the ninth inning, preserving the lead and stealing the first game of the twin bill 6-3.

The Catch called upon the fresh arm of Daniel Alvarez (University of California-Irvine) to start the second game. In his first outing of the summer, the sophomore from UC Irvine pitched five innings, allowing only two runs and six hits

Grand Canyon University teammates Malis and Austin Bull (Grand Canyon University) delivered the Catch their first two runs. Malis hit an RBI single in the top of the first and Bull hit a deep RBI double, which gave the Catch a two-run lead.

However, the Riptide followed the pattern of the first game and managed to tie the Catch with two runs in the bottom of the second. That would be the closest things to a lead the Riptide would have as the Catch quickly regained the lead. Malis brought home his second run of the game in the top of the third, rewarding Potter’s leadoff triple and putting the Catch ahead 3-2.

Later in the game, the Catch continued to add insurance runs to their lead over Orange County. Josh Rojas (University of Hawaii-Manoa), who ended the game 1-3, drove in two runs after fourth inning. He hit an RBI ground out in the top of the fourth and, after Christian Deaton (University of California-Bakersfield) scored on an error, Rojas drove in another run with an RBI double. In the end, the Catch took the final game 6-3 and completed their sweep of the doubleheader.

After playing eight games in a row, the Southern California Catch will take a day off, but will be back on Tuesday, June 14 at 4:30 p.m. to play the South Bay Sliders.