Girls ready to get going
Catasauqua's Paige Kogelman and her teammates have been anxious for too many weeks.
In fact, it was nearly four weeks before the Roughies opened their season with a game against Palmerton Wednesday afternoon, after Press deadlines.
During that time, Catty had one scrimmage and their usual season-opener against Moravian Academy was rescheduled due to their opponent's school holiday schedule. It has been a long time coming for the season to get underway.
"We're glad to finally be playing," said Kogelman, a senior outfielder who has been an integral part of the team since her freshman year. "It has been tough on us being indoors as much as we were. We had girls with tired arms and we were getting bored.
"There is only so much you can do in the gym. We needed to get going."
Kogelman is one of several seniors on the Roughies' squad this spring that have been part of the program for the better part of the last four years. Along with the senior core, there are also a handful of juniors and seniors who already have been steady contributors to the program.
With an apparent potent mix, the Roughies are ready to make an impact this spring in the Colonial League.
"We do have a number of girls back and we believe we can make a difference this year," stated Kogelman. "We also have a number of younger girls who have played well and some girls changing positions.
"That was also another reason why we needed to be outside more and get our season started."
Head coach Bobby Thomas also anticipates a solid season and is eager to get the season in gear.
"We were ready to play the first game," said Thomas. "It has been a long spring. With the winter weather, we revamped our schedule. But the girls and the staff were anxious to get going."
A fast start can accelerate their high aspirations this spring. One hurdle they would like to clear is getting beyond an opening-round district playoff game.
"Our goals are a little higher this season," noted Kogelman. "It will come down to us finding a way to play to our potential. When we have been in big games, we haven't done that.
"But we have been more confident and relaxed this spring than we have been in recent years. If we can get off to a good start, it will certainly be a confidence builder for the older players and help the younger players."
Kogelman has received some added incentive this spring when she received the news that her half-brother Anthony Recker, a Catty graduate, had made the New York Mets' roster as a backup catcher.
"He (Recker) also gives me incentive to work harder," she said. "We are all very proud of him and he has been supportive of me. Seeing what he has done gives me more confidence that I can accomplish more, too."
Kogelman plans to attend West Chester University next fall and begin to pursue a career in pre-medicine and bio-chemistry. She also has had discussions with the college's softball coach and will likely attempt to continue her playing career there.
Until then, Kogelman plans to prove it was worth the wait.