So Cal Cut Down Defending Champion Foresters


Garrett Osterode – SID

La Mirada, Calif – The So Cal Catch (2-4) finally got back on track with a huge win over the Santa Barbara Foresters (0-1) by the final score of 8-4 Tuesday night. A five run first inning propelled So Cal to their second win of the season.

Starting on the mound for the Catch and making his first appearance in his first game with the team, Chris Vargas (UC Irvine) provided four solid innings of two run ball. After pitching around three walks in the first inning, Vargas was able to settle down and didn't allow the Foresters to score until the fourth inning.

The Catch offense got started early again, putting up five runs in the bottom of the first inning to take an early commanding lead. This team has now scored in the first inning in all six games thus far this season. Omar Ortiz (Pacific), Anthony Seminaris (Arkansas Fort-Smith), Steven Garrett (Azusa Pacific), and Nate Pecota (William Jewell) all picked up RBIs in the first as the Catch were able to bat around.

So Cal eventually picked up three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning thanks to some shaky pitching and even worse defense by the Foresters. The ‘Sters made three errors in the inning and helped the Catch pull away.

The Catch finally put it all together tonight and played an excellent game. They key for So Cal this season will be pitching and defense, and they did just that tonight. Catch pitchers only gave up four runs while striking out 10 batters, and on the defensive side only made one error.

You Don’t See That Every day:

The Catch reached base on two strikeouts today, both coming by way of throwing errors from the Forester catcher, Zach Stockton. So Cal was also able to score via the balk.

Steven Garrett, who started the game at designated hitter, made his season debut on the mound for the Catch tonight. Garrett threw a scoreless ninth, and seemed to look very comfortable on the hill. Steven is not listed as a pitcher on the Catch roster, so we will see if this was a blip on the radar or if this is something that will be a regular occurrence.

Player of the Game:

The Catch needed some innings from starter Chris Vargas and he provided just that, going four innings in his Catch debut. Things could have gone a lot worse as Chris did not locate the ball well in the first inning, administering three walks. Luckily, Vargas settled down and even struck out four batters.

Looking ahead:

 The So Cal Catch will take on the Orange County Surf tomorrow at Eagles Diamond on the Campus of Biola University. Bailey Martin (Miami) will be making his second start for the Catch. The big right-hander will look to rebound after suffering the loss to the Power in his first start.