DeCook Lifts Catch in the Pinch


With 10 players left to join the team in Southern California the Catch needed some extra players to step up in their 6-3 win against the East LA Dodgers.

Assistant Chaplain Neil DeCook was the man to answer the bell, hitting a two-run homerun in the top of the ninth inning to give the Catch a 5-3 lead.

Chris Burkholder (Dartmouth Univ.) received his first win in his Catch debut, pitching two shut-out innings with two strikeouts. Tony Monroy takes the loss for the East LA Dodgers.

“All of our pitchers did a great job for us. They threw a lot of strikes and kept us in the game,” said Head Coach Justin Duarte. Catch pitching allowed one walk over nine innings and tallied 10 strikeouts.

Kevin Lillicrop (Point Loma Nazarene Univ.) started the game for the Catch. Over four innings, Lillicrop allowed two runs on five hits, but kept the Dodger hitters off-balance with a pinpoint fastball curveball combination. Five of his first six outs came by strikeout.

Jason Kim (Biola Univ.) came in in the fifth inning, giving up one unearned run in three innings of work. While on the mound, Kim only allowed two balls to leave the infield, and both were recorded as outs.

Alex Sierra was the most consistent hitter of the day for the East LA Dodgers. He went 2-3, with an RBI and a stolen base. Shortstop Alex Tovar doubled and also scored in the fourth inning after stealing a base.

A.J. Jefferson (Missouri St.) had a great day on a basepaths as the Catch lead-off hitter. Despite going 1-4, Jefferson scored twice and stole two bases. He single-handedly tied the score at two in the fifth inning, after being hit by a pitch with two outs. He stole second and third, scoring on a throwing error while advancing from second to third.

The Catch even their record at 1-1 on the season. They play the San Diego Waves (1-5) tomorrow at 7 p.m. Follow the away game audio with Brandon Taylor at The Catch return home Saturday for a double-header against the Waves beginning at 1 p.m.