Monkey Off Their Back


Garrett Osterode -- SID

San Luis Obispo, Calif. – The So Cal Catch ended their losing streak in impressive fashion on Sunday afternoon, taking this one by the final score of 2-0. It seemed as if the Catch were going to need a shutout to break through into the win column, and that’s exactly what they got.

Hayden Jorgenson (Azusa Pacific) started on the mound for So Cal on Sunday and delivered his best start of the season. Jorgenson lasted five innings and surrendered only four hits while striking out two batters and allowing zero runs. Hayden commanded the strike zone and induced soft contact all afternoon.

Although Jorgenson was fantastic, the bullpen came in and did an amazing job as well. Tucker Thomason (Fresno City) recorded one out in scoreless relief, but it was Chad Boudreaux (ETBU) who starred out of the pen for the Catch. Boudreaux pitched three and two-thirds of scoreless relief, allowing only one hit and surrendering zero runs to pick up the save.

Chad spoke highly of his defense “Our defense played a heck of a game. I could have thrown the ball right down the middle and the defense would have made the play. That’s probably the best feeling, wherever they hit it our defense will make the play” said Boudreaux.

The Catch scored their two runs in the top of the sixth inning thanks in part to the Blues third baseman who had a throwing error to allow Grant Robbins (UNLV) to lead off the inning on second base. Steven Garrett (Azusa Pacific) and Jonathon Ducoff (Houston Baptist) picked up the two RBIs in the inning.

The game got a little bit chirpy in the top of the eighth inning when Garrett was up to bat, the Blues pitcher threw multiple pitches near Garrett. Whether they were intentional or not, the benches cleared and for a minute it seemed as if things were going to get out of hand. Thankfully Garrett and the rest of the team kept their composure and treated the situation with class.

“When all the stuff happened all I knew was I was going to get back out there and shut them down. I just wanted to do my best.” Chad said of the emotion filled game.

So Cal played the way they needed to in order to win on Sunday, and hope to carry this momentum going forward. Although the team is far behind in the playoff run, this game meant a lot more than just a win.

Looking Ahead:

Zac Whittaker (Fresno City) will get the ball in the rubber match of the series, attempting to win their second CCL series. Zac will need to attack the zone and get quick outs just as Jorgenson and Boudreaux were able to do.