Southern California Score Double Digits Against Garden Grove

Game Recap 6/15/16 from So. Cal. FCA Baseball on Vimeo.


By Keaton A. Moore - Sports Information

La Mirada, CA-Despite committing five errors against the Garden Grove 22’s, the Southern California Catch put on a show and scored a summer high 18 runs over their nonleague opponent. The Catch proved that no lead is safe in baseball as they fought back from an early six-run deficit to beat the 22’s 18-6.

After only two innings of work, Jakob Gonzalez (San Jose State University) was pulled from the game as the 22’s took advantage of shaky pitching and poor fielding to score six runs, four of which were unearned. As it turned out, those would be the only runs the 22’s could bring across the dish as the Catch’s offense caught fire late in the game.

Southern California cut their deficit in half as Austin Bull (Grand Canyon University) and Nate Pecota (William Jewell College) fueled the offense to score three runs in the bottom of the second. A fatal error made by the 22’s to start the fifth inning, which allowed Caleb Potter (Undecided) to advance to first, later scored from a two RBI double hit by Josh Barrick (Liberty University). With a man on third and only one out, Bull hit a deep sacrifice fly and brought in the game-tying run before the Catch ended another three run inning in the fifth.

After the Catch put two men on base to start the bottom of the sixth, Potter cleared the diamond with his first home run of the season. Last summer, Potter won the Alaska Baseball League home run derby while on the Chugiak Chinooks. He hit 17 homers en route to his victory in the derby and his first long ball of the summer put the Catch up 9-6 over Garden Grove. By the end of the sixth, the Catch scored five runs and led the 22’s 11-6.

After scoring another run in the bottom of the seventh, the Catch went on to score six more in the bottom of the eighth. Jimmy Gallarda (Biola University), Sam Mrstik (Dallas Baptist University) and Pecota all contributed RBI hits in the Catch’s dominant eighth inning and put Southern California up by the final score of 18-6.

Between the two of them, Bull and Barrick were responsible for seven of the Catch’s 17 total hits against Garden Grove. Barrick reached base in each of his six at bats, going 4-4 with two walks, three runs and three RBIs. Bull’s game-tying sacrifice fly was the only time he did not reach base as he finished the game 3-4, scoring two runs and bringing in two.

After their fifth home run of the summer and their fourth six-plus run game in a row, the Catch are third in the California Collegiate League for runs scored (83) and fourth for team homers (5). They now hold a 11-4 record and are neck and neck with the Healdsburg Prune Packers (11-3) for the best record in the CCL.

With plenty of momentum and a well-functioning offense, the Catch resume their interleague play with an away game against the Academy Barons on Thursday, June 16 at 6 p.m.