Catasauqua Press

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Teams looking for normalcy after storms

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Northampton’s and Catasauqua’s baseball seasons got underway Monday afternoon, but it certainly was a long journey to get there.

The series of nor’easter snow storms that rocked the Lehigh Valley and beyond during the month of March placed practice schedules in a state of frenzy and pushed back scheduled starting dates nearly a week.

It will yet to be seen how the sudden and untimely winter weather will affect timing of hitters and pitchers as well as cause havoc on the sprinters and throwers.

The Konkrete Kids opened the season at home with a convincing 13-2 win over North Pocono, while the Roughies were forced to move their home game to Notre Dame due to field conditions and lost 13-0.

Before their openers, however, there were plenty of questions to ponder and elements to deal with.

“We were lucky because our field was done last fall,” said Northampton head coach Mick Sugra. “Right now, it is level and the water doesn’t have a place to lay. Even when we couldn’t get on the field, though, as long as it wasn’t snowing, we went out.

“During two practices and the Saucon Valley scrimmage, the temperature was in the low 30s. We got outside roughly seven or eight times before our first game.”

“We did get our last scrimmage in against Dieruff, but then this last storm, put us back in the gym,” said Catasauqua head coach Steve Bradley about the situation. “We tried to keep it simple in the gym so that the players didn’t get bored.

“I am concerned about our young pitchers being able to keep us in games. Overall, we got outside about four or five days. We’ll have to see how they respond. At least, all of the teams were in the same boat.

“We were just glad to get underway. We’ll have to see how the kids timing will be affected by this.”

It was much the same for track coaches and participants as they had to adjust to the rigors of the elements.

“We tried to get out as much as we could,” said Catasauqua head track coach Kyle Rusnock, who endured the unusual circumstances in his first year. “We just tried to get the best possible workout before the weather broke.

“I felt badly for our throwers. They probably have been hurt more than the runners. Running inside a gym isn’t the best situation either. It was an experience that we hope we don’t have to get through again.

“It really made us more anxious to get going.”