Catch Fail to Beach the Pearl


2015 Catch Game 20 Recap from So. Cal. FCA Baseball on Vimeo.

By: Myles Bridgewater-Jackman, Sports Information Director

Oakland, Calif -- After a four hundred mile drive to start the day, the So. Cal. Catch matched up with CCL competitor, Neptune Beach Pearl, Sunday afternoon in Oakland. The one game matchup featured two pitchers making their first starts of the season. Both performed well, but would not factor into the decisions, as the close game would be decided in the seventh inning when Neptune Beach would go ahead for good.

After putting two runners in scoring position in the first, Ozzy Braff singled up the middle for the Pearl. JB Moss scored, and Stephen Smith was waved home as KC Huth (West Virginia University) fielded the ball in center. Huth went 8-2 on a line, firing a strike home, giving Davis Cantwell (Colorado Mesa University) plenty of time, to tag out the would-be second run of the play.

Neptune Beach starter, Dane Meyers had yet to pitch more than an inning all year, but went three scoreless on Sunday, allowing only one baserunner. Zach Neff replaced Meyers in the fourth, who continued on the hot streak set by his starter. Neff recorded two 1-2-3 innings before handing over the ball to Tyler Cobb.

 The Catch were finally able to record multiple hits in a single inning in the sixth. Cole Taylor (University of Utah) knocked a leadoff single to center and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Josh Barrick (Liberty University) grounded out to short, and on the throw to first, Taylor advanced to third. First baseman, Nolan Bumstead threw on to third to hopefully catch Taylor on the advancement, but the ball sailed errantly into left and the So. Cal. Catcher tried to advance all the way home. Unfortunately, after corralling the ball in left, Taylor was thrown out by a mile at home. Regardless, back to back singles from KC Huth and Alex Jefferson (Missouri State University) tied the game up at one.

After pitching about one inning per appearance, Cole Hybner was able to consistently work out of jams over the course of four innings, only allowing a single run despite the fact he gave up seven hits and four walks.

 Neptune Beach put runners at first and second to start the home half of the seventh, and Sam Eichler was called on in relief. Eichler walked Myles Babitt before grazing Marsden on the foot, hitting the batter and forcing in a run.

An eighth inning begun by three consecutive hits, extended the Pearl lead by three, before a Nolan Bumstead single scored Smith to push the lead to 5-1.

Chance Gusbeth (Cal State Bakersfield) cut the deficit to three in the top of the ninth with his second home run of the season, but it wouldn’t be enough to spark a Catch comeback.

Up Next: The Catch return to Laney College tomorrow for a three o’clock matchup against the Walnut Creek Crawdads.