So Cal Suffer First Loss

Game Recap 6/2/17 from So. Cal. FCA Baseball on Vimeo.

BOX SCORE

By: Garrett Osterode-- SID

La Mirada, Calif—The So Cal Catch (1-1) hit the road for the first time this season squaring off against the Palm Springs Power at Palm Springs Stadium. After coming out hot with the bats to start the season, the bats fell quiet as the Catch dropped Friday’s contest by the score of 6-1.

So Cal looked to continue its scorching start right away as Jonathon Ducoff (Houston Baptist) hit a mammoth home run towering over the left-field scoreboard on the very first pitch of the game.

But where the offense began, it also ended, as that solo jack was the lone run for the Catch. Palm Springs starting pitcher Jordan Dreibelbis (Harris-Stowe State) pitched immaculately, surrendering one run on five catch hits and recorded six strikeouts.

After the homerun, Dreibelbis was able to settle down and kept the Catch offense off balance with his quick tempo and constant attack of the zone. He needed only 89 pitches to work his way through seven efficient innings.

On the defense side of the game, the Catch came out a little sloppy. Bailey Martin (Miami) got the start for So Cal and lasted three and two-thirds innings surrendering four runs while allowing five hits and administering three base-on-balls. While Martin wasn’t particularly fine-tuned in his Catch debut, the defense didn’t help the matter with 3 costly errors.

The bright spots on the pitching staff came by way of solid debuts from left-handers Tayt Smith (Azusa Pacific) and Chad Boudreaux (East Texas Baptist). Combined, the two southpaws went on to throw three and two-thirds of shutout ball which included two strikeouts from Chad and one from Tayt.

Player of the Game:

Jonathon Ducoff supplied the So Cal offense tonight tallying two of the teams five hits, one of which being the lead off homerun. Ducoff is now 4-8 on the season and has been a sturdy bat at the top of coach Dan Peters lineup.

Looking ahead:

The So Cal Catch will square off against the power in game two of this three game weekend series at 7:00 PM on Saturday night. Hayden Jorgenson (Azusa Pacific) will be getting the nod on the mound for the Catch as he is making his team and season debut.