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Press photo by Linda Rothrock Amarys Moten, shown here against Northwestern on Saturday, is now in a leadership role. Press photo by Linda Rothrock Amarys Moten, shown here against Northwestern on Saturday, is now in a leadership role.

Moten is now a leader

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

Over the years, Amarys Moten has seen her career come full circle.

During her first two years, Moten experienced the typical growing pains of any freshman and sophomore in the Roughies ' program and preferred to keep a low profile.

Last season, she undertook more of an active role with the team, coincidentally with the program evolving into one of the better ones in the Lehigh Valley.

In the process, Moten hit her first career homerun, a game-winner.

This season, Moten realizes she will be in a leadership role with the team as she is among a handful of seniors on the squad that has featured a new look in the early season.

It has been a smooth transition from the winter when Moten was chosen as one of the team captains on the basketball team. Ironically, she rededicated herself to a new role and also became a key player in both sports.

"I feel like I have more responsibility on the team this year," said Moten. "We have a number of new girls out there, but it will work out for us. I think we have the talent to be one of the better teams in the league.

"It has been a fast four years for me. It's hard to believe that I'm a senior and softball always has been the sport that I have loved."

Moten began playing her favorite sport at the age of five when she started with T-ball. She recalled how being in the outfield has been her primary position through the years, playing right field the past few seasons.

Hitting a homerun was the highlight of her career, but head coach Bobby Thomas can recount more of Moten's contributions.

"Amarys (Moten) has been a valuable member of our team," said Thomas. "She (Moten) is the type of player who does the little things out there that don't always get in the headlines. Amarys is one of the hardest working players we have and she sets a good example for the younger players.

"Amarys realized that she was one of our leaders this spring and she has played a key role for us so far."

Moten plans to continue both her softball and basketball careers at Northampton Community College next fall where she will begin a career toward achieving a degree in speech pathology.

Until then, Moten will enjoy the moment.

"We're happy to be finally playing and we need to keep working," she said. "We know we have a good program and we have to go out and prove it to ourselves and everyone else."

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Alexia Reichl pitched a no hitter against Moravian Academy as Catty won 10-0 on April 13.

Reichl, a freshman, struck out six batters and only hit a batter.

The Roughs started fast, scoring four in the first and three more in the second before adding single runs in the third, fifth and sixth.

Hannah Edwards had a double and went 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Shannon Gallagher was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Amarys Moten added a double and also scored two runs.

The girls knocked off a good Salisbury team 12-2 on Sunday, April 12.

Again, Catty got off to a fast start with five runs in the first before adding two in the second and four more in the third.

Shannon Gallagher hit two homers in the game: her first came in the first inning with Shiloh Sziy on and she would add another two-run shot in the third with Amarys Moten on base.

Other notable hitters for Catty were Kenzie Bradley, who went 2-for-2 with an RBI, Sziy was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Gallagher's home runs were part of a 3-for-3 day.

Alexia Reichl allowed two runs and five hits to pick up the win.

On Saturday, April 11, Catty split two games, first falling to Whitehall, which scored its first victory of the year, 14-7.

Whitehall scored 10 runs in the top of the second to help knock off the Roughs.

Despite the loss, Hannah Edwards was 3-for-4 with two runs and a double. Becca Lutte had a double and drove in three runs and Amarys Moten knocked in two runs.

Catty would get a win against Northwestern on Saturday afternoon in thrilling fashion - a rally in the bottom of the seventh thanks to Lexi Ayache's three-run home run.

It was a back-and-forth game with Catty taking an early lead, 7-1 after three innings. They extended that lead to 8-2 before the Tigers rallied for four runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth to take a 10-9 lead into the bottom half of the seventh before Ayache's homer.

Alexia Reichl had a big day at the plate going 5-for-5 with two RBIs. Olivia Schlofer was 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.