Catch (16-13) Wash Out Crawdads

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It was a longer day at Eagles’ Diamond than anticipated with a few wrinkles that the Catch could have done without, but two good offensive efforts put two more tallies in the win column to give the Catch a record of 16-13 this summer. After losing 9-6 and 6-1, the Crawdads fall to 17-15.

Start time was scheduled an hour earlier tonight to complete the final inning of the game started yesterday but halted due to darkness. The first game resumed with Scott Gillespie (Covenant College) at the plate with a 3-0 count against Ethan Kenkel (South Dakota State) and one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Catch led 7 to 5 with runners Perry Rigby (Covenant College) and Travis Blue (Naval Academy) at second and third, respectively. Gillespie would double and score both men to give the Catch a four run lead headed into the top of the ninth.

Blue was almost a surefire hit every time he came to plate against the Crawdads. In the first game he finished 4-for-4 with a walk, three stolen bases, and two runs scored. He singled to lead off the fourth inning for the Catch, a frame they entered with a three run deficit after Matt Johnson (South Dakota State Univ.) hit a three run homerun against Catch starter Monty Plattner (Pepperdine Univ.).

But in the fourth inning the Catch would strike back for four runs on four hits and two walks to make the score 5-3. More breathing room came in the fifth on a two RBI single by Blue with two outs, leading to a 7-4 score that was shaved by a Walnut Creek run in top of the eighth. Monty Plattner gets the win and Crawdad starter Frank Waliczek the loss. The Catch took its first lead on a solo homerun by catcher Sean Nearhoof (Univ. Hawaii, Hilo) in the bottom of the second to make the score 1-0.

In the second game of the day, Blue would go 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI, ending the night with a .500 batting average through 16 at-bats. The Catch would score one run in each of the first four innings and give starter Sean Sparling (UC Irvine) more cushion than he would need. In the second straight game where the ball was given to the Catch bullpen from the get-go, Sparling threw four innings of one run ball to earn the victory. His only blemish was allowing a solo homerun to Aaron Cook (Heartland JC) in the fourth.

In innings two and four the Catch scored runs without the benefit of a hit. California Collegiate League All-Star Alex Jefferson (Missouri State Univ.) walked in the first, stole second, and advanced two bases on a wild pitch by starter Brian Allec (Cal State Eastbay) to score the first run of the game. In the fourth Rigby would walk, steal second and later score of a wild pitch. The Catch now has 70 stolen bases this summer.

The Power was provided in the third by Jonathon Munoz (UC Irvine) and Chance Gusbeth (Cal State Bakersfield) who both doubled to make the score 3-0. Jordan Crowell (Point Park Univ.) hit his first homerun of the summer to deep left in the two run eighth that gave the Catch its final total of six. Crowell now has nine RBI’s this season.

Last, but certainly not of least importance, Scott Gillespie was injured in the first inning of game two chasing a ball deep into left field and colliding with the wall. He was charted off the field in an ambulance and taken to St. Jude’s Hospital but was released in time for the post-game team meal. Gillespie was diagnosed with a deep tissue contusion and will miss one to three weeks, though the Catch are optimistic he will return to the lineup soon rather than later. Thank you for your prayers for Scott and please continue to pray for his recovery.

The So Cal Catch is a ministry of Fellowship of Christian Athletes Baseball. The Catch seeks to create an opportunity for collegiate baseball players to further develop their baseball skills in a highly competitive summer collegiate league and to train them to be lights for the Lord in a world of baseball.