Boys get some wins
For Catasauqua's baseball team, it was one of the most important games of the season.
Last week, the Roughies met Colonial league contender Pen Argyl and walked away with an impressive 1-0 victory behind the pitcher of junior Zack Bradley, who fired a no-hitter and notched 10 strikeouts in an impressive performance.
Ironically, it was a well-welcomed initial victory of the season for the Roughies after they suffered a 17-2 defeat to Northampton and a close 3-2 loss to Palmerton. It also was a moral and emotional one as well.
"That was a big win for us and against a good team," said Catty head coach Steve Bradley. "We needed to get a win and we needed a game like that. We had two losses and we didn't want to start the season like we did last year (0-8).
"Zack (Bradley) pitched a great game for us and he had command throughout the game. We also got a boost when Zach Stopay made a running catch in center in the ninth on a ball that looked like trouble.
"Our pitching has been solid and we needed to get our bats going more."
It didn't take long for his team to respond to his request. Two days later, the Roughies responded with a 6-1 win over Bangor behind Stopay, who made his first start. Stopay went the distance allowing six hits and recording six strikeouts. He added to his own cause with three hits.
Offensively, the Roughies pounded out 10 hits overall in their largest offensive output of the season. The win evened their record at 2-2.
"We know we can be a good offensive team," said Bradley. "It just took us a little to get it going. We have the bats back and also have some younger players who will help us. But the big question for us this year was out pitching.
"So far, our pitchers have done a nice job. We got over our first game and we have seemed to settle down and throw strikes. If our pitchers can keep it over the plate, we have the defense behind them."
Catty looked to build on its notable outings when they battled Northern Lehigh and Northwestern earlier in the week. They'll face another major hurdle when they meet perennial contender Notre Dame Friday afternoon.
"We're optimistic this wins can give us some momentum into next week. The kids have gained more confidence and they know they can play with any team and contend."