Catch Remain Hopeful After Loss

Right fielder Ethan Lopez (University of Hawaii-Manoa) owned two of the three home runs hit by the Catch against the Academy Barons.

Right fielder Ethan Lopez (University of Hawaii-Manoa) owned two of the three home runs hit by the Catch against the Academy Barons.

By Keaton A. Moore - Sports Information Director

La Mirada, CA-In their first interleague matchup since their doubleheader against the Orange County Ritpide, the Southern California Catch lost their most recent interleague game against their fellow South Division team, the Academy Barons. Although they lost 10-11, the Catch were encouraged with the continued production of their offense, specifically from the three homers they hit off the Academy’s pitching staff.

With only one hit going into the fourth, Ethan Lopez (University of Hawaii-Manoa) hit his first home run of the summer and later hit his second of the game in the seventh. In total, Lopez ended his night 2-4 with two runs and four RBIs, coming in clutch for the Catch later in the game. Zack Davis (University of Alabama-Birmingham) tied the Barons in the eighth with a two-run home run, his first of the summer.

However, a home run was ultimately what finished off the Catch as the Barons hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to permanently regain the lead.

Before the chaos of the last three innings, Zac Filos (Murrieta Mesa High School) made his Catch debut on the mound a day after signing on to pitch for Southern California this summer.  He ended his first appearance of the summer pitching 1.2 innings without giving up a hit or a run with one strikeout.

Although he finished his night 2-5, Josh Barrick’s (Liberty University) streak of reaching base ended at eight consecutive at bats. Starting in his at bat against the South Bay Sliders, Barrick went on to go 4-4 with two walks against the Garden Grove 22s and hit a single in his first at bat against the Barons. Unfortunately, a groundout in the top of the fourth ended his streak.

Despite losing to the Barons, the Catch still hold onto a one game lead in the South Division with a 5-3 conference record and are tied with the Santa Barbara Foresters for the most conference wins. Not only that, but the Catch are still even with the Healdsburg Prune Packers for the best overall record in the California Collegiate League.