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Kuhar shining for CHS softball Kuhar shining for CHS softball

Kuhar shining for CHS softball

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by james bunting Special to the Press in Sports

At the start of the 2018 season, Catasauqua’s softball roster had 16 players listed. Half of them are freshmen.

With that kind of inexperience at the varsity level, Coach Bobby Thomas knew there would be growing pains and plenty of opportunities for younger players to earn playing time.

“It’s on-the-job training for a lot of them. We have a lot of young kids, they just don’t have a great deal of experience,” Thomas said.

One player that has earned a spot in the lineup in a unique way is freshman Erica Kuhar.

Kuhar went 2-for-2 with a home run against Palmerton on April 7, then ripped a lead-off single and scored in the Rough Riders’ game against Palisades on April 9.

What makes Kuhar’s story a little different? She is participating on Catasauqua’s track and field team at the same time.

“She’s putting the work in and hitting the ball really well,” Thomas said. “She’s a competitor, that’s for sure.”

Catasauqua is 0-5 on the young season. The Rough Riders will host Moravian Academy on Thursday, April 12 before playing Bangor at Patriots Park on April 14.

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After a slow start to the 2018 season, the bats have started to come alive for the Catasauqua baseball team.

The Rough Riders scored a combined 31 runs in last weekend’s games against Northern Lehigh and Palmerton.

Catasauqua defeated the Bulldogs 24-1 on Friday, April 6. All nine starting players recorded a hit, with eight of them having a multi-hit day.

Jayden June went 4-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Luke Creyer went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Corey Raysely went 2-for-3 with three walks, three RBI, and four runs scored.

Starting pitcher Zachary Bilder allowed one run on four hits with 11 strikeouts for the win.

The Rough Riders dropped a tight 9-7 decision to undefeated Palmerton on April 7, then fell to Palisades 13-1 on April 9.

Bilder smacked a triple and scored Catasauqua’s lone run against the Pirates.

The Rough Riders will look to improve upon their 1-4 start to the season with games against Moravian Academy on Thursday, April 12, followed by a trip to Bangor on Saturday, April 14.