Baseball team in need of wins as season closes
Editor's note - A 5-0 Catty loss to Lehighton on Thursday eliminated any chance at a Colonial League playoff berth. Palmerton and Catty were battling for the sixth seed and it came down to a tiebreaker, which was district rating. The loss to the Indians gave the Bombers the sixth seed.
For the Catasauqua baseball team, it is crunch time.
The Roughies have endured a roller coaster season, hitting their share of highs and lows during the season. They are seeking to get back to the district playoffs after struggling through a 7-13 season in which they experienced their share of growing pains on a club that watched a number of games slip from their grasp.
Mainly due to late season rain, Catty needed to win four games in six days to reach the postseason. They were optimistic that the predicament would not face them again this season.
However, the Roughies suddenly find themselves in a similar situation. As of last Friday, they needed to win two league games of their final five overall over six days to gain a postseason berth.
After they posted a dramatic 1-0 win over Palmerton, Catty were shutout by Salisbury, 7-0, and were beaten by Northampton, 8-3. Andrew Brett, Colin Hawk, and Dylan Nonnemacher had two hits apiece against Northampton.
Both defeats left them with an overall 7-8 mark and 7-7 slate in the Colonial League. Catty will need to be .500 or better, needing two wins.
“We should have won the game,” said Roughies’ head coach Steve Bradley of the Northampton game. “We played like it was our first game. I can’t figure it out. They hit the ball hard where we weren’t, and we hit the ball right at them.
“We weren’t smart on the base paths and we didn’t help ourselves. But Rod (Berger) threw a good game for us through five innings and Brett came in to finish.”
Over the final stretch, the Roughies will face Moravian Academy ( a 6-1 win earlier this season), Pen Argyl, Bangor, Northwestern (an earlier 8-6 loss), and Lehighton.
“We got one that we really needed against Palmerton,” said head coach Steve Bradley. “We didn’t play as well as we could in some other games. Zach Bilder pitched a great game for us against Palmerton, which is a hard-hitting team.
“(Bilder) threw his 100th pitch and (Andrew) Brett came in the seventh and closed the door for us.”
Bradley knows his team has little room for error down the stretch. He credited the recent play of Luke Creyer and Bailey Witt.
“We must cut down on our mistakes,” stated Bradley. “We like the state of our pitching as we have three solid starters. But we need to keep getting contributions from our lineup and play solidly in the field.
“We like our top six guys in the lineup and we have been rotating the bottom of the lineup. Creyer has been hitting the ball for us and has been in the lineup. Bailey Witt has a good stick and he has helped us out.
“We didn’t want to be in this spot again. Now, we have to take one game at a time.”