Boys come back against Solehi
All season long, Catasauqua head baseball coach Steve Bradley has been looking for a game that can serve a catalyst for the remainder of the season.
Through the first few weeks, the Roughies have had some spurts, but they basically have been hovering around the .500 mark.
However, their recent 6-4 dramatic, extra-inning win at Southern Lehigh Monday may be the one to turn the trick.
In the game, the Roughies battled back from a 3-1 deficit to take a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh only to have the game tied in the bottom of the inning.
They then broke open for a pair of runs in the eighth and rode the stellar pitching performance of senior Dakota Schiffer, who tossed the entire eight innings.
With the win, the Roughies upped their record to 7-6 and 6-6 in the Colonial League. They still remained with striking distance of both Southern Lehigh and Salisbury for the second spot in the league's Western Division.
But the season had been a roller coaster ride for the Roughies. They began the year with a two-game losing streak before recording a three-game winning streak. Since then, they have been searching for consistency.
Yet, the Roughies plan to enjoy the moment.
"This was an unbelievable win for us," said Bradley. "It was a great win for us because we showed a lot of character. These kids haven't quit all year. They have been battling and we're looking to put another streak together.
"We had some big hits in big spots and also some key plays in the field. This was a big win on the road for us."
Bradley cited RBI hits from Schiffer, Joe Rothrock, Jake Kober, and Corey Raysley during the rally. Kober has a double and a pair of RBIs on the afternoon.
He also noted a key defensive stop from shortstop Calvin Thomson in the bottom of the eighth who was aided by a nifty, scooping fielding play from first baseman Jordan Madea on the other end.
Schiffer, who got the final out on a fly to center, struck out seven and allowed eight hits in the process.
Catcher Andrew Gehringer had a double and again proved to be a force behind the plate.
"Schiffer pitched a great game and it was another strong outing for him this season," added Bradley. "Gehringer has been solid for us all season. He had another big hit for us, and he has done a great job overall."
The Roughies will look to ride a wave, but it will be a tricky task. They will enter with four games in as many days beginning Thursday with Salisbury and ending with Palmerton Sunday. In between, the Roughies have Notre Dame Friday, all of the games will be home contests.
"We have another busy week," said Bradley. "We're looking to put some wins together and head toward districts."