Catty’s season ends vs. Coplay
With the task of playing five games in five days, Catasauqua’s Connie Mack team nearly answered every challenge.
The Roughies’ run in the double-elimination state tournament ended Tuesday night with a 5-3 loss to Coplay. Catasauqua finished with a 2-2 overall record in the tournament.
The Roughies had a 6-5 win over Deep Run in their opener then had to complete two suspended games due to rain the following day, losing to Doylestown 11-1 and beating Emmaus 10-5.
They ended the year with a 16-9 record. In the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack playoffs, the Roughies beat Pen Argyl 3-1 before losing to runner-up Northampton 1-0.
Coplay took a 1-0 lead in the fourth and added a run in the sixth for a 2-0 advantage. Catasauqua battled back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning. Coplay then erupted for three runs in the top of the seventh and advanced in the tournament.
Zach Bilder, who started the game for the Roughies, went four innings and had six strikeouts. Bilder had three of the Roughies’ 10 hits. Adam Reinhart knocked in a pair of runs.
Andrew Torres and Ty Reitz combined to throw the final three innings.
“It was a good game,” said Roughies manager Jim Kober. “They got a pair of runs and we came back to tie it. In the top of seventh, they broke out for three runs.
“I think we may have run out of gas. These guys played five games in a row and it affected our pitching. We had to adjust and had Bilder for only four innings. We got to the point where we ran out of options.”
The Roughies will return the majority of their roster next year, losing Bilder, Eli Fink, Jaden June, and Andrew Martinez.
“This was a great experience for all of them,” said Kober. “These kids did a great job from day one. They bought into our philosophy from the start and it reflected it on the field. They also gave everything on the field. It was a good experience for all of them and a good season overall.”