Catch Get a Case of the Blues


Garrett Osterode -- SID

San Luis Obispo, Calif. – The So Cal Catch dropped their ninth straight game Saturday night in San Luis Obispo by a final score of 4-1. After a long trip, the Catch were unable to stop the bleeding in their recent struggles.

Tayt Smith (Azusa Pacific) got the start for the Catch this afternoon and pitched fairly well. Smith gave the Catch a great chance to win by tossing five and a third innings, walking zero batters and allowing only three earned runs.

Smith has settled nicely into the Catch starting rotation and has been a huge asset to the staff in terms in going deep into the games in which he starts.

It was the offense, this time, that was missing. The Catch bats did not show up Saturday night. SO Cal gathered eight hits, but could only produce one run. The Catch left another six runners on base, a theme during this extensive losing streak.

Grant Robbins (UNLV) and Evan Sandmann (Dallas Baptist), two of the team’s top hitters, both provided two hit nights for the Catch. Six of the nine Catch starters had hits in Saturdays game.

Matthew Wade (SEMO) provided two solid innings in relief and continues to prove to be one of the Catch’s ace relievers. Wade only gave up two hits in his outing and made a spectacular play on defense ranging to his right and making a jump-throw.

So Cal’s defense was exceptional on Saturday. The Catch turned two double plays, both on hit and runs, that helped Tayt get out of some huge jams. Mitchell Bumann (Hawaii Pacific) was involved in both of those plays and looked terrific defensively at second base.

The Catch will need to put together a full game going forward. In games the Catch have had solid pitching, their offense has disappeared, but in games they have hit, their pitching has been poor.

The Catch have two more games in San Luis Obispo to complete the three-game series against the Blues. Hayden Jorgenson and Zac Whittaker will get the ball and be tasked with preventing this streak from getting any longer.