Catty looks to hit its stride
Catasauqua head baseball coach Steve Bradley knows his team isn’t hitting on all cylinders. It also may be some time before they get there.
“We need to have some pretty good pitching, play good defense, and score some runs,” said Bradley. “Right now, we have one piece of the puzzle.
“We’re dropping popups and not getting runners in when we need to.”
Through their first two games, the Roughies are 0-2 and have dropped a 13-1 decision to Notre Dame, a 5-1 game to Northwestern, and a 10-0 shutout to Northampton, a five-inning game in which Catty had one hit.
Through their first three games, the Roughies collectively have 10 hits.
“Northampton is good, and Notre Dame is very good,” added Bradley. “Northwestern is a very good hitting team.
“Joey Kober pitched a good game against Northampton. We had runners at second and third with one out and couldn’t get them home. We also gave up three unearned runs to them in the first inning. We need to have clean plays and we’re not getting them right now.”
Bradley credited senior pitcher Zach Bilder who struck out three and walked two in his outing against Northwestern.
“We gave up three runs on dropped balls and overthrows,” said Bradley about the Northwestern game. “Zach (Bilder) threw a nice game. He will have a good season for us.’
Monday’s snowfall coupled with predicted rain in sports the rest of the week can make it a challenging week ahead.
Catty was scheduled to meet Southern Lehigh Tuesday, Saucon Valley Wednesday, Northern Lehigh Friday, and Palmerton Saturday.
“Our field was a mess Monday and it looked doubtful to play Tuesday,” said Bradley. “Rain was in the forecast for the majority of the rest of the week, and Saucon Valley has a field that is low to the ground.
“We weren’t set up badly before the week started, but who knows what is going to happen. We’ll probably get backed up and have a tighter schedule later.”
Despite their rough start, Bradley remains optimistic about his team running on more cylinders.
“We started the season playing some of the top teams around,” he said. “For us, it is a matter of inexperience. We have three positions now where we have inexperienced players.
“But I think we’ll be OK. We need more time on the field. We just have to keep it together and take it one game at a time.”