Catch Drop Series to Power


By: Garrett Osterode – SID

Palm Springs, Calif – The Catch dropped their second in a row Saturday night as the Power took game two of this three game weekend series by the final score of 10-4. The Power’s bats were present early and often at Palm Springs Stadium, racking up 10 runs on 12 hits.

Like last night, the Catch got off to an early start. So Cal scored in the top of the first inning, this time thanks to some sloppy defense by the Power. Grant Robbins (UNLV), after singling and stealing second base, scored on an error by the Power second baseman, Jordan Pritchard (USC), off the bat of Steven Garrett (Azusa Pacific).

But, again, the early lead didn’t last long. Hayden Jorgenson (Azusa Pacific) took the hill and made his debut for the Catch on Saturday, a debut he will wish to forget. Jorgenson lasted only two and two-thirds innings and surrendered seven runs (six earned) on eight Power hits.

After Jorgenson coughed up two runs in the bottom half of the first inning, the Catch had their shining moment of the night. This particular occurrence came by way of a solo homerun off the bat of Jim Jeffries (UAB) that knotted the game at two.

Besides the solo homerun by Jeffries, the Catch offense was lack-luster. So Cal showed great discipline at the plate, drawing seven walks, but were unable to cash in with runners in scoring position.

The Catch were able to receive solid individual performances from Tucker Thomason (Fresno City) and Jim Jeffries but fell short where it matters, the scoreboard.

Stats that Hurt:

-The Catch left 12 runners on base, including the bases loaded in the 6th inning.

-So Cal made 4 errors tonight, resulting in crowded bases all night for Catch pitchers. This makes seven total errors in the past two games.

Note Worthy:

Right Fielder Zach Davis was removed from the game in the bottom of the sixth inning for health precautions. Davis has a history of knee issues, and was experiencing discomfort in that region.

Looking Ahead:

 The So Cal Catch look to salvage game 3 of this series and leave Palm Springs on a winning note. Tallon Thomason will get the start for the Catch as he will try to get the team back on track heading into CCL action.