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Press photo by Linda RothrockCorey Raysely and the Roughs aiming for a District 11 playoff berth. Press photo by Linda RothrockCorey Raysely and the Roughs aiming for a District 11 playoff berth.

Three weeks left for CHS to clinch D-11 playoff berth

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

For the Catasauqua baseball team, their last three weeks will be a test of character. Or better yet, it will be gut-check time.

Starting Wednesday, the Roughies will embark on a three-week journey, one that will test their mettle and resolve as they begin their search for a return to the district playoffs and also a possible spot in the Colonial League playoffs.

Catty will begin the week with an overall 6-4 mark, needing four wins over their next 10 games to grab their coveted district berth. They can benefit having four of their next five games at home, however it will be five games in seven days ending with new East Penn Conference power and rival Northampton May 2.

Head coach Steve Bradley believes his team can reach out and pull in those four wins, but he is trying to remain realistic.

“So far, the season has been good to us,” he said. “But we have Northwestern, Southern Lehigh, Wilson, Pen Argyl, and Northampton ahead. They are all tough teams and playing well. Northampton will be a big game for us.

“We will have to play near perfect baseball to get those wins.”

Bradley already has seen his club develop, but they must continue to grow.

“These guys have been playing together for a long time,” added Bradley. “They all know each other well and that’s the reason for their success. Hopefully, they will continue to mature. I have seen them work their way through some tough spots.

“They have overcome their losses and it has helped them turn into wins. We definitely have gained confidence along the way.”

Bradley pointed to Shane Dolon and Dylan Nonnemacher for their recent contributions. He also has appreciated the consistent pitching of Rod Berger and Colin Hawk along with Zack Bilder, all of whom will carry the mound load.

“Shane (Dolon) has played really good at third base for us,” he said. “He has stepped up his game and it has made a difference.

“Dylan (Nonnemacher) has done a nice job in right field for us. He recently hit a big home run for us and he has grown as a player.”

If things continue to click for the Roughies, Bradley sees his team having an extended spring.

“We can be a dangerous team,” he stated. “As long as we’re hitting the ball and with our pitching, we can play with anyone.

“Our goal all season is to get to districts. We have to keep growing and we’ll be in good shape.”