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Sunday, August 20, 2017
Press photo by Linda RothrockRod Berger has thrown the ball well so far for Catty early this season, getting a win vs. Saucon. Press photo by Linda RothrockRod Berger has thrown the ball well so far for Catty early this season, getting a win vs. Saucon.

Baseball making strides

Thursday, April 6, 2017 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

On paper, Catasauqua’s 1-2 start may not be that impressive. But the Roughies have been making some initial strides that should provide some worthy dividends down the road.

Catty began the season with a hard-fought, 8-6 defeat to Northwestern, and then suffered a 4-0 shutout to Colonial League favorite Notre Dame. They bounced back with an impressive 3-1 victory over Saucon Valley Monday.

“We gave one away,” said Catty head coach Steve Bradley about the Northwestern loss. “We should have won that game. When we looked back, we made 19 mistakes. We were up, 6-4, and we then fell apart.

“We had to make a positive play. We gave them all of their runs as they all unearned. We just can’t do that.

“Notre Dame is very good. We hit the ball hard, but right at people as we hit into three double plays.”

In the victory over Saucon Valley, Rod Berger pitched a complete-game, 10-strikeout, seven-hitter. He helped his own cause, going 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs.

“Rod (Berger) has been throwing the ball well and he threw great,” said Bradley. “He also has had a steady bat for us this season.”

Bradley noted the play of third baseman Shane Dolon, who has shined in the field.

“He (Dolon) made some nice plays for us,” Bradley said. “He kept us in the games. He has done some nice things with his bat, and we expect him to have a good season for us.”

The Roughies will have a busy remainder of the week as they hosted Northern Lehigh Wednesday, then traveled to Palmerton Friday and Palisades Saturday.

With the new pitch count rule limiting the length of starters, Bradley stated Berger, Colin Hawk and Zach Bilder will be at the top of the rotation. Dolon, Andrew Brett, Shaun McCartney, and Joey Kober all could get some work this week.