Connie Mack gets a win
Catasauqua's status in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack this season shouldn't be judged on their record alone.
Instead, the Roughies have continued to show progress despite a 1-8 record to begin the week. It's a team in transition, as most of their players the past few years have graduated to legion baseball.
"We got our first win that helped," said first-year head coach Bill Hawk. "We have been in a number of our games this year and there have been many games that we could have pulled out. We have been battling back in our games, and we seem to run into one big inning.
"But the team has been getting better."
Catty picked up its lone win, a 4-2 decision over Pocono Mountain East on June 17. In that game, Colin Hawk, the coach's son, had 10 strikeouts over five innings. Rod Berger was also effective over the final two innings.
Hawk and Berger have been the mainstays of the pitching staff this season. Berger was the team's representative in the recent Connie Mack All-Star game, as a collection of Lehigh Valley players faced a contingent from Bucks County.
"They both have done a great job for us," said the elder Hawk. "They both have been involved in all of our games. They really have been throwing the ball well and have kept us in games."
Colin Hawk believes his team can stay competitive and improve through the final segment of the season. He has thrown a fastball, curve, and changeup throughout the season, and has been improving those along the way.
"Yes, we have been getting better," said Hawk. "We have been in a number of games, and I believe we can win more games."
Along with Hawk and Berger, the Roughies have been led by consistent efforts from Joe Stummer and Zach Builder, both of whom have steadily improved.
In the final few weeks, Hawk is optimistic his club can hit more strides.
"I truly believe we can get better," he said. "We have about eight games left and we can be right there. We have been playing well together and we'll see what the results will be."