Catch Drop a Close One in Long Beach


Garrett Osterode -- SID

Long Beach, Calif. – The So Cal Catch took a tough loss in Long Beach Saturday night as they fell to the Legends by the final score of 4-2. The offense failed to pick up where they left off from last night, falling quiet at the wrong time.

Hayden Jorgenson (Azusa Pacific) got the ball Saturday night and delivered his best start of the season. Jorgenson, who has struggled in his first two games, went five innings, struck out three batters and allowed only one run. He put the Catch in a great situation, leaving the game trailing only 1-0 but the offense couldn’t pick up the big righty. Even with the loss it is a huge confidence builder for Jorgenson and for the Catch pitching staff.

By the time So Cal bats got their bats going it was far too late. The Catch added two runs to cut the Legends lead in half and make the game 4-2. Evan Sandmann (Dallas Baptist) hit an RBI triple in the 9th inning and scored on an RBI ground out from Mitchell Bumann (Hawaii Pacific).

Other than the ninth inning, the Catch could not solve the Legends pitching staff. Starter Scott Savage pitched six shutout innings while striking out three Catch hitters. He attacked hitters and got quick outs while pitching ahead in the count, leaving So Cal with no answer.

The So Cal Catch had an opportunity to even up their CCL record but fell to 2-4 within Conference play putting their selves in a difficult position heading forward into the year. The Catch will have the opportunity to take the series and win the rubber match at 11 am on Sunday morning.

Looking Ahead:

Tayton Smith (Azusa Pacific) is making his second start of the season for the Catch and hoping to drop his team low 1.04 ERA even lower. The rubber match will take place at 11am back at Eagles Diamond before the team heads to Mexico for the next couple days. This mission trip will be an opportunity for the team to give back and to learn what it truly means to be a servant leader.