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Catch

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Blues

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blueslogo75The Blues fell to the Catch in their biggest defeat of the season which tied this series and turned game three into a rubber match game. The Blues were unable to keep the Catch’s offense down as they were defeated 18-6 to the Catch. However, in the series deciding game with the Catch and the Blues, the Blues beat the Catch and won the series.

The game started out with two hot pitchers who struck out at least two batters in each side of the first inning. The Blues and Catch starters both made it clear that this would be a pitcher’s duel and neither would give up runs easily. Blues leading batting average player Collin Ferguson hit a deep ball that bounced off the fence for a standing double for the Blues first hit of the game in the secondinning. However the Catch were the first to get on the board with a sacrifice fly in the third inning they led the Blues 0-1. But the Blues followed closely behind the Catch and tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning with a RBI single hit by Ferguson and scored by Zach Zehner. In the bottom of the fifth inning the Blues scored a number of runs to take the lead over the Catch. The first was off of a RBI single by Jeff Moberg that ran in Tyler Floyd and got Andrew Schmidt to third. The following batter Ryan Long hit another single that brought in Schmidt from third. The Blues ended the inning with the score 3-1. With Blake Whitter on the mound in the seventh inning the Catch scored making it a one-run game. But in the bottom of the seventh, Moberg started off the side with a leadoff home run making the score 4-2. After Moberg’s home run the Blues scored two more before being retired in the seventh inning. Ferguson hit a double that brought Zehner into score and was later brought home by a single from Sheldon Neuse. The footloose frenzy ended and the Blues led the Catch 6-2. With a solid close from Neuse the Blues won the game and the series 6-2.

Dominic Taccolini started on the mound for the Blues and prior to this game had played in seven games with 30.3 innings. In his outing against the Catch, Taccolini was untouchable with five hits, one run, three walks and a total of eight strikeouts. Taccolini struck out every Catch batter except for one at least one time before he was retired by Whitter in the seventh inning. Whitter went one inning with two walks, one run and one strikeout. Andrew Vinson took the mound from Whitter in the eighth and pitched through the inning. Vinson finished his outing with no runs, hits or walks and two strikeouts. Neuse took the mound in the ninth to close the game and ended his outing with three strikeouts and one hit.