Catch Prevail In Extra Inning Battle


Garrett Osterode -- SID

Irvine, Calif. –It took 12 innings, but the Catch pulled out the victory in style. Evan Sandmann (Dallas Baptist) provided the game winning hit and Conner Davis (Pitt State) secured the victory on the mound.

Hayden Jorgenson got the start on Sunday for the Catch and seemed to be in control from the start. Hayden surrendered only one run in five innings of work, one of his best starts of the season. Jorgenson was pitching from behind for most of his outing as the Catch offense took a while to get going, but he competed well and didn’t let the deficit phase him. Jorgenson had traffic around the bases (6 hits and 2 walks0 but prevented the big inning and never let the situation get the best of him.

While the bullpen gave up five total runs, they pitched big in big situations. Matthew Wade (SEMO) escaped a bases loaded one-out jam with only one pitch, Steven Garrett (Azusa Pacific) surrendered only one run in his longest outing of the year (two and two-thirds innings), and Conner Davis pitched the final inning and two-thirds to pick up the win.

The Catch hitters weren’t exceptional by any means, but came up with some huge hits when they needed them. Shay Whitcomb in particular had a huge hit, the game was tied 1-1 when he came up big with his second homerun of the season, this one the 3-run variety, to put the Catch up 4-1 at the time.

In the 11th inning Tyler Fisher, who was 0-3 at the time, drilled an RBI double into deep right center field to give the Catch a one run lead.

In the 12th inning, after the Riptide tied the game again, Evan Sandmann ripped an RBI single into right field for his first hit of the game. This run would end up being the decisive run as Conner Davis was able to shut the door in the bottom of the inning.

This is the type of win you love to see a team pull out against the hottest team in the league. The Catch will hope to continue this momentum into this week when they head to Conejo for their final road trip of the year.