Foresters Even Up Season Series


Garrett Osterode -- SID

La Mirada, Calif. – It was the case of too little too late at Eagles Diamond on Tuesday night as the Catch fell to the Santa Barbara Foresters by the final score of 9-5.

The Catch offense couldn’t figure out Forester starter Ty Wiest (Columbia) as he threw five very strong innings and tallied nine strikeouts. Wiest is the same starter that one week ago the Catch tagged for seven hits and eight runs in less than five innings of work. This was a new Ty Wiest, he came out with a chip on his shoulder and attacked hitters all night long.

It wasn’t until Santa Barbara looked to their bullpen when the Catch finally started making some noise on the offensive end. In the sixth inning, the Foresters turned the ball over to Kyle Wade, and without hesitation, So Cal promptly put up four runs to make it a 6-5 ball game.

The sixth inning was the shining moment in the game as the rest of the ballgame wasn’t so smooth. The So Cal defense allowed two unearned runs to cross the plate as three errors were committed. It wasn’t only the errors, but three walks and three hit batters also helped to clog up the bases.

Tonight’s “Player of the Game” Jonathon Ducoff (Houston Baptist) continues his hot streak, reaching base twice tonight, one via the walk and a booming double to score the first run. Ducoff also was able to add some aggressive base running to his game tonight, swiping one bag and advancing on multiple wild pitches. If this team wants to have a chance in the CCL it will have to look to Jonathon as the leader of this offense.

The So Cal Catch will enjoy two more home games until they travel to Long Beach to take on the Legends on Saturday, then return home for a matinee vs the Legends before they take off to Mexico. There are many reasons to be excited to be a Catch fan, starting with a victory on Wednesday.

Looking Ahead:

Bailey Martin (Miami) is taking the ball as the Catch welcome the Arroyo Seco Saints as he looks to build off of his last start which was the best the team has seen thus far. The Catch are extremely confident when Martin takes the hill, he has the ability to go deep in games and to get the strikeouts when he needs them.

Game Notes:

-Jonathon Ducoff continued his streak of hot hitting, batting an outstanding 12/26, .461 Batting Average, over the past 6 games.

 -Tucker Thomason Smith allowed only his second earned run all season Tuesday night, he continues to be a reliable option out of the bullpen for the Catch.