Boys complete a busy week
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 had plenty of time to rest and strategize, but it also left them with true test of mettle.
Catty began last week with the plight of having six games in consecutive days and seven contests in eight days. It was 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 leading into last week's games. "We have an idea on what we want to do, but we really have to take it one game at a time."
"This is going to be a test for us. We really need to have a good week."
Catty began last 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 win at Palmerton last Tuesday and raised their overall mark to 3-2.
In the game, Dakota Schiffer drove in a pair of runs, and Joe Harakal, Corey Raysely, 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.
Last Tuesday, the Roughs broke a 2-2 tie in the top of seventh with four runs.
Calvin Thomson snapped the tie with a hump-back hopper up the middle that scored Raysely with the go-ahead run.
Rothrock followed with an RBI single and then Kober added a two-run single that gave 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.
Catty would fall to Northwestern last Wednesday 4-3. The Tigers scored three in the third to take a lead.
The Roughs would chip away with a run in the fourth to cut it to 3-1. Jordan Madaya started the two-out rally with a single and scored on a Nate Pontician pinch single.
In the fifth, the Roughs tied it and Calvin Thompson started off with a single and eventually scored on a wild pitch to cut it to 3-2. Jake Kober scored on an error to tie it at 3-3 before the Tigers won it.
Catty bounced back with an 11-7 win against Wilson last Thursday.
Wilson scored four in the first but Catty answered with three. Dakota Schiffer reached on an error and scored on Joe Rothrock's hit. Mike Shutta, who singled, scored on Jordan Madaya's hit and Joe Harakal hit in Rothrock.
Down 5-3 in the second, Catty scored three more times for a 6-5 lead. Again it was Schiffer getting things started with a single. Calvin Thompson also singled and both came around to score on Rothrock's home run.
Madaya doubled in the third and scored on Harakal's single to make it 7-5, and after Wilson cut it to 7-6, Madaya singled in the fifth and scored on an error to make it 8-6.
The top of the order was at it again in the sixth to add insurance. Dylan Mitchell singled as did Thompson. Mitchell and Thompson would score on Shutta's hit and Rothrock added another RBI with a single to score Shutta to make it 11-6.
Catty closed out the week with a 6-5 loss to Salisbury on the road and a 16-0 loss to Saucon Valley at home. The loss to the Falcons was a heartbreaker as the Roughs led by four and Salisbury rallied in the bottom of the seventh.