Despite Rough Start, Catch Make it Close


Garrett Osterode -- SID

La Mirada, Calif. –The So Cal Catch played a tight final game before the July 12th all star game against the Academy Barons. The Catch got down big, early, but managed to fight their way back all game long and almost mounted a comeback. The Catch lost the game Tuesday night by a final score of 11-9.

By the look at the score, it’s easy to tell that the pitching for either side was subpar. Bailey Martin got the start for the Catch and continued his struggles. Bailey threw four and two thirds innings and surrendered eight earned runs. It wasn’t the walks that hurt him this time, but hard hit balls all game long by the Barons.

On the other side, the Catch hit Barons starter, Tyler Witt, very effectively. The Catch gathered eight hits in four innings off of witt.

Omar Ortiz and Evan Sandmann both produced 3-5 games and did all they could to help the Catch win this game. Both guys have had hot bats through this stretch of the season and are helping to carry the offense.

As the season gets later and later it seems that the defense keeps getting worse and worse. Defensive intensity and focus seems to be slacking, that is evident by the four errors tonight.

This All-Star will be a chance for the Catch to hit the reset button and get back to square one. The Catch need to start playing their brand of baseball again and really begin to make some waves in this league.

Injury Report:

Grant Robbins (UNLV) made a pinch running appearance in Tuesdays game. This is extremely encouraging for Coach Peters and the rest of the Catch as Robbins has been one of the most consistent players on this So Cal team.