Catch (6-2), Thorne in Halo’s Side


The Catch (6-2) scored 10 of its 11 runs in innings four through six to put the game away for all intents and purposes against the Santa Paula Halos (5-5) tonight at Biola Univ. With the 11-2 victory, the So Cal Catch maintain its one game lead in the California Collegiate League South Division over the Academy Barons and increases its lead over the Halos and LA Brewers to 1.5 games.

Sam Thorne (Biola Univ.) was indispensable for the Catch offensively. The C/DH from Watsonville, CA had RBI’s singles in three consecutive innings and finished the night 4-for-5, raising his batting average an outstanding .300 points.

“I felt good yesterday in the cages and at the plate during the game, but did not have anything to show for it. Today the pitches I hit found holes and they came in spots where I could help the team win. I’m just going to try to preparing for my at-bats as I have and hope the results keep coming,” said Thorne.

Although the Catch did add three more stolen bases to its impressive total (26) through eight games, employing the hit-and-run was the aggressive strategy that got the Catch runs in innings four and five.

“We put a couple plays on, a couple hit and runs. That shortened guys' strokes to the ball and led them to hit pitches hard to large holes,” said Head Coach Justin Duarte. “We've got guys who can bang the ball around, they just happened to wake up the second time through the order after seeing Keaton Leach the first time around.”

Keaton Leach was the starter for Santa Paula and was tagged with the loss, surrendering three earned runs, seven hits and three walks in four innings. The Halos’ relievers did no better, giving up a total of six earned runs and 11 hits in the next four frames.

Chad Powers (Princeton Univ.) was just as effective for the Catch on the slab as Sam Thorne was with the lumber. The righty now leads the Catch with two wins after throwing six shutout innings and striking out six. He gave up his first of three hits after going 3 2/3 with a zero in the Halo hit column and did not walk anyone. “Powers did a great job. If he would have kept the no-hitter going, I would have been fine leaving him in there,” said Duarte.

Thorne and Powers will get the headlines, but Scott Gillespie (Covenant College) also had a solid day at the dish for the third straight game. Gillespie went 2-for-5 with a double, three runs scored and a stolen base.

The Catch will travel to Santa Barbara tomorrow morning to play a three game set against the Foresters "(9-2) Friday through Sunday.  If you cannot join us for the Santa Barbara trip, please listen to live streaming away audio with Brandon Taylor by visiting the homepage. Click “Away Game Live Audio” on the right of the screen to hear play by play of each game. Games on Friday and Saturday start at five p.m. The game on Sunday begins at one p.m.

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.