Girls bounce back to win
Catasauqua head softball coach Bobby Thomas knows it is early in the season, but he also realizes some notable wins can give his club some early season momentum that it will need later in the season.
One of those key April victories could have been a 5-2 triumph over Northern Lehigh Monday afternoon, one that will certainly have some ramifications on their season. Catty was coming off a 13-7 defeat to Whitehall Saturday, but they had beat Bangor, 11-1, a day earlier.
"It was a good win for us," said Thomas. "They (Northern Lehigh) have been one of our rivals, and it is always a big key to win a league game. All of those wins are always very important for us.
"We had a couple of tough games in a row and it is always nice to come back with a win like this one."
Senior Paige Kogelman, who is among the team's leaders in several offensive categories, broke the game open with a two-run triple than snapped a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth. Kogelman and junior Jane Matos both had two hits in the victory.
It also was another solid outing for sophomore Alexis Ayache, who has allowed only three runs in her three starts this season. She has teamed with junior Kelsey Kunkle to form a potent one-tow punch on the mound for the Roughies.
"She (Ayache) has really done a nice job for us," said Thomas. "She has been very effective in all of her starts and did a solid job for us in the win. We're fortunate to have two strong and steady starters.
"It is a luxury most teams don't have."
Freshman Hannah Edwards has also been a welcome addition to the club this spring as she has collected 13 hits in her first 17 at-bats this season. Sophomore Shiloh Sziy recently has also been effective in the lineup as she had six hits over her past three games.
"Hannah (Edwards) has been a real difference maker for us," said Thomas. "Shiloh (Sziy) has been playing really well and has been hitting the ball for us."
It is a combination of a senior unit coupled with a group of budding underclassmen that already has Thomas thinking about a longer spring. The Roughies will get another Colonial League test Friday afternoon when they battle Notre Dame before heading to Tamaqua the following day.
"Sometimes, these girls don't realize how good they can be," stated Thomas. "But they have been believing in themselves more this season. We have had some good wins so far, but we still have a way to go."