Catch Bats Stay Cool


Garrett Osterode -- SID

Irvine, Calif. – The So Cal Catch bats stayed quiet at Concordia University in Irvine as they have had zero answer for the Riptide picture these past two games. The Catch lost by a final score of 6-1 on Saturday night.

This game looked like a classic pitcher’s duel from the start, both teams starting pitchers Bailey Martin (Miami) for the Catch and Hayden Shenefield (Grossmont) for the Riptide. Through five innings each pitcher only allowed one run, and this was particularly impressive for Bailey as he administered five walks on the night.

The Catch couldn’t figure out Shenefield, or any Riptide pitcher for that matter. The small statured right hander threw a heavy dose of sliders and off speed pitchers and kept the hitters off balance very effectively.

At one point during this game, starting with the sacrifice fly from Evan Sandmann (Dallas Baptist), the Riptide set down 20 straight Catch batters. Not only did the Riptide set the Catch down in order for almost seven innings straight, they also struck out 14 So Cal batters. Mitchell Bumann (Hawaii Pacific) and Shay Whitcomb (UCSD) were the only Catch starters to fail to strike out.

The bright spots for the Catch today came on the mound. Bailey Martin delivered a solid start, one he can build off going into his next outing. Martin allowed only two hits in his 5+ innings of work.

The other star on the mound was Chad Boudreaux (ETBU). Chad came into the game and promptly retired the final seven batters of the Riptide in order. This was Boudreaux’s best outing and something we haven’t seen since his first appearance.

The Catch have one more opportunity this month to break through with a win against this talented Riptide team. It is imperative that the Catch get on a roll and break out of this mini slump thy are experiencing.

Looking Ahead:

Tayt Smith (Azusa Pacific) will get the ball at Biola University in game three of this three game set. The young left-hander will be tasked with putting a halt to this losing streak. If his last outing is any indication, the Catch should be in good hands.