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Thursday, April 16, 2015 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

With a week off at the beginning of the season due to cancellations with only three games under their belt, Catasauqua's baseball team already was at a crossroads.

The Roughies has plenty of time to rest and strategize, but it also left them with true test of mettle ahead.

Catty began this week with the plight of having six games in consecutive days and seven contests in eight days. It will be a preliminary measuring stick for the Roughies, who can possibly reach their potential in late April.

"We definitely have a busy task ahead," said Roughies' head coach Steve Bradley. "We have an idea on what we want to do, but we really have to take it one game at a time. Once we get to Wednesday, we will likely have to make a new plan."

"This is going to be a test for us. We really need to have a good week."

Catty began their week on a high note when they recorded a decisive 12-2 victory over Moravian Academy Monday, a victory that evened their record at 2-2. They then followed that with an impressive 6-3 at Palmerton Tuesday and raised their overall mark to 3-2.

In the game, Dakota Schiffer drove in a pair of runs, and Joe Harakal, Corey Rasley, Mike Shutta, Calvin Thomson, and Dave Wetherhold each added an RBI.

Jake Kober was effective as he struck out six in four innings, and Nate Pontician finished the final two innings.

On Tuesday, the Roughies broke a 2-2 tie in the top of seventh with a four-run outburst.

Calvin Thomson snapped the tie with a hump-back hopper up the middle that scored Rasley with the go-ahead run.

Rothrock followed with an RBI single and then Kober added a two-run single that have Catty a 6-2 cushion.

Pontician threw the first three innings for the Roughies, followed by Shutta who tossed one inning, and Schiffer who closed the game with three innings.