Catch Take Series in Final Game Before Mexico


Garrett Osterode -- SID

La Mirada, Calif. – The Catch (3-4) matched up against the Long Beach Legends for a Sunday morning matinee at Eagles Diamond. So Cal came out victorious, capturing this one by the final score of 3-2.

Excellent pitching prevailed again in this one as we had quite the pitcher’s duel on Sunday. Tayt Smith (Azusa Pacific) received his second start of the season for the Catch and delivered a beauty. Tayt lasted five strong innings, allowing only two hits and tallied three strikeouts while not allowing a single Legend to cross the plate.

While Smith was amazing, Josh Aguilar for the Legends might have been even better. Aguilar was perfect through three innings and retired the Catch minimum through five. Finally, the Catch broke through with one run against Aguilar on a RBI double to tie the game 1-1.

The Catch offense wasn’t great on Sunday, but did enough to support the pitching staff. After scoring the one run in the sixth to tie it and then scored two in the seventh to go ahead 3-2. Evan Sandmann (Dallas Baptist) and Jonathon Ducoff (Houston Baptist) scored the go ahead runs for So Cal.

Another huge contribution was from the new addition to the team, Mathew Wade (Southeastern Missouri State). Wade came in with the tying run on second base in the 8th inning and after hitting the first batter with a pitch, promptly got out of the inning and ended the threat. Matthew stayed in the game to produce a 1-2-3 ninth inning while picking up two strikeouts to earn the save.

Solid starting and relief pitching today should give the Catch staff tons of momentum heading into next week’s play.

The team now heads to Mexico to participate in a mission trip and servant leadership opportunities in which they will be building an orphanage just south of Tijuana.

Looking Ahead:

After the Mexico trip the Catch team will be ready to get back into the heat of the CCL action with Santa Barbara looming on Thursday. All of the pitchers will be available and it will be an all hands on deck effort in order to defeat the defending champs.