Catfish come back down to earth with 12-2 loss

Cape Catfish outfielder Giovanni Del Negro

After clinching the West – Prairie Land Division title 24 hours earlier, the Cape Catfish came back to earth in a 12-2 loss to O’Fallon on Saturday at CarShield Field.

The Hoots (32-26 overall, 14-14 second half) scored a pair of runs off of Catfish starter Ryan Vogt in their first at-bat and added three more in the fourth inning off of Vogt.

Cape (37-21, 19-9) put a pair of runs across in the fifth inning, as Josh Caraway led off the inning with a single.

He advanced to second base on a passed ball and then scored on a two-run home run by Giovanni Del Negro.

O’Fallon came back with four runs in the sixth inning off of Catfish reliever Will Gillmer and added three more off of Cape’s Austin Brock.

Kolten Poorman had a hit in the loss, as did Ellison Hanna II, Caraway, and Del Negro.

Vogt (3-1, 6.57 ERA) took the loss after allowing seven hits and five earned runs in four innings of work.

He walked three and struck out three.

Gilmer gave up four earned runs on six hits over two innings.

He walked a couple of Hoots and struck out one.

Brock gave up three hits and as many earned runs in 2/3 inning.

He walked two and struck out a pair.

Cape dropped Sunday’s game against O’Fallon 7-6 (visit for details).

The Catfish will close their home portion of the regular season on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. against Alton at Capaha Field.

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