Costly Miscues Result in Catch Loss


Garrett Osterode -- SID

Long Beach, Calif. – Sloppy defense comes back to bite the Catch on Friday night as they drop the opening game to this weekend series by the final score of 4-2.

Tayt Smith (Azusa Pacific) delivered a solid start for the Catch, tossing six effective innings only allowing three runs. Tayt really settled down after his first inning, where he walked two batters with two outs and eventually surrendered two runs. Smith still must be more effective when it comes to free bases, he isn’t a guy who will strike out a ton of batters so it is important to limit free bases. Three walks in six innings is too much.

Joey Hanley relieved Smith in the seventh inning and allowed the decisive run to come around to score. The Catch were able to prevent the damage further by leaving the bases loaded when Tallon Thomason (Fresno City) came in the game and induced a one pitch double pay.

The Catch’s offensive charge was once again led by the red-hot Grant Robbins (UNLV). Robbins was two for four and scored the tying run when the score was 3-3. Another solid game came from Anthony Seminaris (Arkansas Fort-Smith) who also recorded a two-hit game and picked up his 14th RBI on the season, which is good for third on the team.

Three errors in the game proved to be costly as the final and decisive run was an unearned run. This has been a theme for the Catch all season long.

The Catch will try to even up the series as they welcome the Legends to Long Beach on Saturday afternoon. Hayden Jorgenson will be taking the hill to try and recapture the effectiveness he had the last time he faced the Legends.