Trexler, CHS look to avoid slow start
Jeff Trexler is among the seniors on the Catasauqua baseball roster who all realize that time might not be on their side.
Trexler and his teammates are well aware of their team's 0-8 start last season that eventually salvaged aspirations of a Colonial League and district playoff bid. The Roughies did rally late in the season.
Beginning this week, Catty had a 0-2 record and a Wednesday afternoon meeting with Pen Argyl signaled the start of a busy remainder of the 2013 campaign.
"We have the talent here and we need to play like a team this season," said Trexler, who will be one of the team's starting pitchers this spring. "We know what happened last year and we don't want that to happen again.
"We had the bad start against Northampton (a 17-2 loss), but then we bounced back with a good game against Palmerton (a 3-2 defeat). We just need to put everything together."
As for his own game, Trexler doesn't mind throwing the ball over the plate. He had faith in the defense behind him to make the plays.
"I just want to go out there and throw strikes," he said. "I know my defense will make the plays. We seem to be stronger defensively than last year. Our pitchers just have to get the ball over the plate on a consistent basis."
As a result, Trexler plans to work on his off-speed pitches this spring.
"I know I need to work on that phase of my game," he said. "I have to be able to shift speed with my pitches and get them breaking more. If I can do that, I know I can have a good year."
If he does, Trexler can achieve some of his goals this season.
"I really want us to make districts this year," he stated. "That is the main goal for all of us. In the process, I want to be able to pitch strong enough to be on the (Colonial League) team, especially the first-team."
"Jeffrey should have a good year for us," said head coach Steve Bradley. "He has all the tools and has worked hard. He has to keep his ball down and moving."
After Catasauqua, Trexler plans to attend East Stroudsburg University where he will pursue a degree in health services to help him attain an eventual position as an X-Ray technician, a career he decided upon in recent years. He also plans to play baseball there.
His baseball career can be traced back to the age of five when he first began playing T-ball. Since then, Trexler has played the sport as often as he can, playing in the summer and in the fall. He was happy to take the nod from his father Jeffrey, who played baseball at Allentown Central.
Trexler hopes to create some memorable moments this spring, but his most memorable one to date was his freshman year when the team won the Class 2A District 11 title and went to the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs where their season ended.
He also won soon forget Bradley, who has worked with him since his early youth, along with current pitching coach Mike Palos, who has helped develop his game.
Still, Trexler's mindset is getting the task at-hand accomplished.
"We need to get off to a good start," he said. "We just have to keep believing in each other."