The Long Ball Spoils So Cal


Garrett Osterode -- SID

La Mirada, Calif. – The So Cal Catch dropped their fourth straight game Sunday night as the Riptide completed the sweep by a final score of 13-6. In this four game losing streak the Catch are getting outscored 37-17.

From the top of the first inning on, the Catch dug themselves a hole. Tayt Smith (Azusa Pacific) got the start for the Catch and surrendered five quick runs in the very first inning. From then on Smaith was able to settle down and work his way through four innings, allowing one other run (unearned).

The Catch bats tried their best to mount a comeback, but the Riptide bat stayed hot throughout the entire game. The fans in attendance were in for a treat on Sunday night because out of the five Catch relievers, four of them surrendered a home run. Joey Parente, Dean Miller, Connor Beck, and Dominic Fletcher all flexed their muscles in the W.

The Catch themselves were quite impressive with the bats as well, tallying 14 hits in the loss. Evan Sandmann (Dallas Baptist), Steven Garrett (Azusa Pacific), Jonathon Ducoff (Houston Baptist), Shay Whitcomb (UCSD), and Omar Ortiz (Pacific) all had multi-hit games. So Cal fought back every inning, but it was too big of a hole from the start.

Hayden Jorgenson (Azusa Pacific, the only pitcher to not allow a run, looked very impressive in which was his best inning of work all season long. It remains to be seen if Jorgensen will stay in that relief role or move back to the rotation, but Sunday was a step in the right direction.

Looking Ahead:

The Catch hit the road on Tuesday night, as they head to Compton to take on the Academy Barons. These two teams match up very well, expect this to be a very competitive game.