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Roughs want to get back to D-11 playoffs

Thursday, March 30, 2017 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

After they missed the district playoffs last season, Catasauqua’s baseball team appears ready to take the initial steps toward getting back to the postseason.

A good start would certainly help. The Roughies took the nod and didn’t waste any time.

Catty had its final tuneup before the regular season as they scrimmaged Liberty March 25. The two teams played eight innings and the Roughies lost a tight 6-4 battle.

“We were up through four innings,” said head coach Steve Bradley. “We had a couple of mistakes in the field that hurt us. But we hit the ball pretty solid and we pitched pretty well. We faced their top four pitchers and I thought we hit them well.

“Overall, it was a nice showing for us.”

The Roughies were scheduled to begin the season Monday at Notre Dame Green Pond, weather permitting. They had their initial and traditional opener against Northampton postponed due to wet grounds.

Catty will continue this week with its home opener against Northwestern Wednesday, and then they will end the week with a trip to Southern Lehigh Friday.

Coming out of the spring, Bradley has high hopes for his club, but he knows it will be a fine line. As of this week, the Roughies will dress only 12 varsity players.

“We don’t have the depth we would like to have,” added Bradley. “We really can’t afford any injuries. But we like the makeup of our club at the present time.”

The Roughies will look to returning seniors Rod Berger and Colin Hawk to anchor the pitching staff. Both of them were in the rotation last year, and have been pitching well in the early going. Zack Bilder will also be a mainstay in the rotation. Andrew Brett and Shaun McCartney also will log some innings.

“Rod (Berger) and Colin (Hawk) both should have good years for us,” Bradley said. “They both had great springs for us. Zack (Bilder) will get some innings and we also figure to have a few more arms in the mix.”

Junior Corey Raysely is back to anchor the infield at short and Brett will also be a staple in the infield. Luke Creyer, who will see time behind the plate with Bilder, has been off to a fast start.

“Luke (Creyer) has worked really hard,” Bradley said. “He has been doing a great job and will get time this year.”

Despite some hurdles, Bradley envisions his club in the mix.

“We’re ready,” he said. “We might have been the youngest team in the (Colonial) league last year. The kids have been working hard and they want to prove something this year.”