Krieger’s bat leads Foresters past Catch

Tyler Krieger homered and drove in two runs, leading the Santa Barbara Foresters past the SoCal Catch, 3-2, in a California Collegiate League game in Whittier on Saturday.

Krieger belted a solo homer in the first inning and hit a two-out single in the fifth to drive in Steven Reveles for the eventual winning run. Reveles had doubled in Saulyer Saxon earlier in the inning.

Tejay Antone started on the mound for the Foresters and struggled with his control. The righty from TCU pitched five innings, giving up one run, but walked four and threw 93 pitches.

Krieger paced the offense, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a triple shy of the cycle. He had a tough day in the field, committing three errors.

The Catch tied the score at 1-1, as a line drive to right found its way past Colt Atwood and the Catch’s Connor Smith stood at third with an RBI triple to score Chad Shannon.

SoCal added another run thanks to a Tyler Davis home run off of Forester pitcher Jace James to add pressure to Santa Barbara in the eighth. However, Hunter Lemke would close the game down in the ninth as three fly ball outs finished the game.