Foresters Clearcut Catch

 By: Myles Bridgewater-Jackman, Sports Information Director

La Mirada, Calif. -- After a frustrating loss Saturday night, the So. Cal. Catch were determined to come out strong Sunday afternoon and take the series with a win. Unfortunately, the Catch were confronted by a stiffened opponent and were shut down in the series finale by a final score of 7-1.

The Catch, in So. Cal. style were able to score a first inning run, which would be their only against Keaton Somkin and the Foresters. Josh Rojas (University of Hawaii) set the table with his sixth extra base hit of the season, a two-out double to left that rolled to the wall. The next batter, KC Huth (West Virginia University), followed Rojas’ double with a routine grounder to short, but instead of a 6-3 putout, the shortstop John Brontsema released a horrible throw to first base, sailing over the head of Troy Conyers. Huth reached and Rojas scored, but nothing else would come of the inning, as Somkin would strike out the next batter swinging.

Things would go downhill fast as starter Michael Shaw (Azusa Pacific University) would surrender the lead in the top of inning three. A one-out walk and back to back singles scored John Brontsema, and Jeremy Montalbano, fresh off of a five RBI performance Saturday, popped a sac fly to center to drive in Ryan Chandler. Shaw then walked the bases loaded, prompting coach Duarte to go to the bullpen.

Brian Nostaja (Cal State Dominguez Hills) came on in relief, trying to limit the damage and keep the Forester lead to one but Nostaja couldn’t locate a ball in the zone, and walked in the third run of the inning.

Action let up until the top of the fifth when the Foresters piled on the runs. A combination of two singles and two hit by pitches led off the inning, scoring one run. Duarte went back to the pen, calling on Sam Eichler (Undecided). Eichler induced a fly ball to his first batter, but after the ball was caught in right, the runner at third tagged to come in for the fourth Forester run of the game. Alex Jefferson’s (Missouri State University) throw went to the cutoff man, Josh Rojas, who relayed a throw to home. As the throw reached the plate, it went under the legs of catcher, Cameron Miller (Baylor University) as well as the legs of Eichler, into the visitor’s dugout. With the ball ruled out of play, Tyler Nestlony came in to score and David Greer advanced to third.

The latter scored on the next pitch as Dylan Paul rocketed a double to right, increasing the score to 7-1.

The Catch hoped to cut the lead later in the game, loading the bases with nobody out in the sixth, but once again, So. Cal. faltered with the bases juiced and failed to score a run.

Up Next: After dropping the series to the Foresters, the Catch take a day off before traveling to Santa Paula to take on the Halos at 5:30, Tuesday night.