Moyer no-hitter lifts Raiders
“There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens.” — Former Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda.
On Wednesday night, in the quarterfinals of the District 11 3A playoffs, the Tamaqua baseball team made things happen.
The Blue Raiders executed exceptionally both on the mound and at the plate, defeating Catasauqua 8-0 to advance to the 3A semifinals.
Pitching makes the world go round in the game of baseball, and Tamaqua pitcher Brady Moyer served as the Raiders world beater against the Rough Riders (9-13). The sophomore was down-right dominant, so much so, in fact that Moyer can now add a no-hitter to his young resume.
Moyer mixed in a solid fastball with a nasty curveball and an effective change-up to keep the Roughies off-balance throughout the game, striking out seven.
“I just felt very good today, and I had a good mix going. I got ahead in the count, and then I was able to use my change-up and curveball to keep them off-balance,” said Moyer. “Once I could keep them guessing, then I could use my fastball and curve again, which worked well. Everybody did their part today, both in the field and with the bats. It was a complete team win.”
Tamaqua (15-6) was able to give Moyer some run support early, getting out to a 2-0 lead after two innings.
The Raiders collected six hits in the first two frames with Casey Rother and Mike Bonetsky knocking in runs on hits. Daylan Barron, Isaiah Kupchinsky, Nate Boyle, and Josh Inama all added hits during that stretch to get Tamaqua off to a good start offensively.
“Credit to their hitters, because I think my first pitcher threw some nice pitches, and they just put the bat on the ball and found the open spots. Our pitcher put the ball where we called it, but they just made the plays,” said Catasauqua head coach Steve Bradley. “They simply outplayed us today, and they proved they were the better team.”
Moyer continued to do his job on the mound, and in the fifth the Tamaqua offense put the game awa y as the Raiders scored six runs on five hits. Nick Breiner and Bernie Gigli each came through with two-run singles, while Kupchinsky added an RBI single. Bonetsky and Thad Zuber also added singles in the inning.
“I’m really proud of the way our guys battled at the plate today. They really fought hard at every at-bat, and what really impressed me was how we consistently got hits with two strikes in the count and with two outs in the inning,” said Tamaqua head coach Jeff Reading. “We put the ball in play and made them make plays. We busted out of the box and ran hard on every hit ball. I’m just really proud of our effort today.”
ON DECK ... The No. 2 seed Raiders will now face the No. 6 seed Palmerton on Monday at noon at Blue Mountain High School.
CLUTCH HITS ... In the Raiders six-run fifth, all the runs came after there were two outs in the inning.
DO NOT PASS GO ... Not only did the Roughies not reach home base on the afternoon, not one Catasauqua player even reached third. Moyer retired the Rough Riders in order for the first five innings of the game.
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Berger, Bilder (5), and Bilder, Creyer (5); Moyer and Rother. W - Moyer L - Berger.