Catch Reel in First Win of Weekend Series

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Garrett Osterode – SID

La Mirada, Calif – The So Catch (2-3) defeated the Long Beach Legends (3-3) in the first of a three game weekend series by the final score of 8-0. This was the first shutout by the Catch pitching staff and was perhaps the most complete game thus far this season.

On the mound today for So Cal was Chris Vargas (UC Irvine). Chris went four strong innings allowing only two hits while striking out four Legends hitters. The Catch are now 2-0 in games started by Vargas and he is proving to be one of the Catch’s most important and reliable pitchers.

Tucker Thomason (Fresno City) and Conner Davis (Pitt State) both continued their dominance out of the pen and are solidifying themselves as go to options for coach Dan Peters. In total the two combined lasted five innings, struck out two and allowed only three hits.

On the offensive side, the Catch have yet to slow down. On Friday night it came by way of twelve hits and eight runs. The first six runs were scored on a trio of 2-rbi hits from “Player of the Game” Steven Garrett (Azusa Pacific), Mitchell Bumann (Hawaii Pacific) and a booming 2-run blast by Tobias Johnson (Arkansas State).

Grant Robbins (UNLV) and Jonathon Ducoff (Houston Baptist), two staples in the Catch lineup, continued hitting like they have all season long and both collected multi-hit games. Robbins also collected two RBIs in the effort.

This was an all-around effort by the Catch on Friday night, it was a night in which pitching dominated, the bats stayed hot, and the defense was perfect. Jonathon Ducoff and Mitchell Bumann both made some spectacular plays on the left side of the infield for the Catch and made it easy for the pitchers to get in a rhythm and get quick and easy outs.

Looking Ahead:

The Catch take on the Legends again tomorrow and expect to come out with a little chip on their shoulder. The Legends know they are a much better team than they showed on Friday night and they will be motivated and hungry to show the league what type of team they truly are. Whom ever takes the mound for the Catch Saturday afternoon will try to ride the coattails of Chris Vargas and deliver another quality start and more importantly a Catch victory.


Player of the Game:

Steven Garrett was the team leader in runs batted in heading into Friday nights contest and clearly had no plans on slowing down. In his second plate appearance of the afternoon, Garrett lined a shot over the head of the Legends short stop and allowed Grant Robbins and Jonathon Ducoff to come around to score. Steven also was able to reach base safely five times tonight including three walks, both season highs.