Carter Shuts Out Catch in Complete Game

2015 Catch Game 21 Recap from So. Cal. FCA Baseball on Vimeo.

By: Myles Bridgewater-Jackman, Sports Information Director 

Oakland, Calif. -- On a sunny Monday afternoon, the So. Cal. Catch had little answer for Sam Carter and Walnut Creek Crawdads. Carter went the distance for the Crawdads, shutting out the Catch on six hits to complete what he started.

Most of the Catch hits came early in the game but the four hits through three innings were so spread out that only the first inning saw a runner reach scoring position. After back-to-back strikeouts to begin the first, KC Huth (West Virginia University) and Chance Gusbeth (Cal State Bakersfield) connected for back-to-back base hits. However, the next Catch batter, Cooper Esmay (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) was unable to drive in either of the two runners, grounding out to short to end the inning.

Nicholas Cumpston (Eastern Kentucky) gave the Catch a good four innings but the Crawdads were able to record three runs against the starter, two of them coming in the second inning. Andy Bowman and Casey Bowman connected for consecutive one-out base knocks before William Harriston knocked a 1-2 pitch through the right side for an RBI single.

Two batters later, Austin Lonestar made his way to the plate with two outs. Cumpston delivered a two-strike pitch on the outside corner that looked like it would be strike three, but as Cumpston started walking off the mound, it became obvious the home plate umpire was not going to ring up Lonestar. The next pitch was a wild one and allowed the second Bowman to touch home. Lonestar would then go on to fly out to center to end the inning.

KC Huth led off the fourth with a hard double off the wall in center, his second hit on his way to a three-hit game. Unfortunately for the catch, they were unable to drive in their leadoff man, stranding him at third with three straight flyouts.

The non-related Bowmans were at it again in the bottom of the fourth. Andy hit a double down the left field line and was advanced to third on Casey’s single to right. Cumpston struck out William Hairrston before Dustin Miller stepped up to bat. On a swing and miss Casey took off to second but the throw from Cole Taylor (University of Utah) behind the plate was low, and Austin Yeoman (San Diego Christian) was unable to dig it out. The ball got away into center and Andy took off from third to score the third Crawdad run. Casey, who eventually made his way to third, tried to take home on a passed ball, but Cole Taylor regained possession of the ball and tagged the runner out before he could score.

Carter kept setting down the Catch and retired the side in order the next four innings. The Crawdads added an insurance run in the eighth to go ahead 4-0 for good. Hunter Hargrove singled and swiped two bags then was driven in on a base knock by Hoard.

Sam Carter finished what he started in the ninth, with little resistance. KC Huth knocked his third hit of the day, but on Carter’s ninety-ninth pitch of the day, he induced a Chance Gusbeth fly out in foul territory to secure the victory.

Up Next: The Catch travel to Redwood City on Tuesday to take on the Monelo Park Legends and hopefully snap their four game losing streak. Game start is slated for 5 p.m