After a back and forth battle between the two teams, the Foresters couldn’t seem to land the timely hits needed to steal the game from the Catch.
Back-to-back doubles from John Holland and Dylan Paul gave the Sters the lead in the top of the 4th, but the tables turned in the 6th.
With 2 outs in the bottom of the 6th inning, the Catch took the lead and made a quick comeback after Cooper Esmay hit a two-run bomb off of Gary Cornish giving them a 3-2 advantage.
Cornish finished with 9 strikeouts in 7 innings pitched and worked out of three bases loaded jams during the 1st, 2nd and 5th innings.
Looking for a glimmer of hope to tie the game or possibly win, the Sters try to bring in Tyler Neslony on third (after he advanced due to a wild pitch and a pass ball from the pitcher) and Jeremy Montalbano on first (who was previously walked), but left the players deserted.
The Sters had plenty of opportunities to go out with the win, but the bats ended up leaving a total of 11 players stranded on base.
Foresters finished with 9 hits and 2 errors compared to 8 hits and 2 errors from the Catch.
The Sters still have an opportunity to take the series against the Catch with two games remaining. They will resume play Saturday at 5 pm and Sunday at 1 pm at Biola University in La Mirada, Cali.
By: Amber Treybig