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Press photo by Linda RothrockCatty’s Corey Raysely puts a tag on a runner during a recent game. Press photo by Linda RothrockCatty’s Corey Raysely puts a tag on a runner during a recent game.

Time hasn’t been on Roughies side so far

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

In the early going, Catasauqua’s baseball team is learning how to mature.

The young, inexperienced Roughies became victims to the unusually late batch of winter weather that limited their practice schedule, a major component to their success this season.

Instead, they are literally learning on the run as they continue to search for consistency on both ends of their game. Their 13-1 loss at Palisades Monday dropped their overall mark to 1-5 on the season.

“We just don’t have enough experienced pitching at this point,” said head coach Steve Bradley. “We knew we would be inexperienced at some positions this year, and it has shown. We are not a good team right now.

“We have pitchers who are not ready at the varsity level yet. We have been forced to put some guys in with the pitch count, and it hasn’t worked out. The lack of practice time we had due to the snow really hurt us.

“We needed to have more time with a young club.”

The Roughies did post their lone win in impressive style as they routed Northern Lehigh, 24-1 April 6.

In that game, Jayden June had four RBIs, and Zach Bilder, Austin Gorr, Andrew Martinez, and Adam Reinhart each had a pair of RBIs. Jacob Drummer had a pair of doubles in the 24-hit attack.

Bilder picked up the win in an 11-strikeout performance.

However, the Roughies battled, but they dropped a 10-7 decision to Palmerton the next day.

Against the Blue Bombers, Bailey Witt had three RBIs and Andrew Torres registered four strikeouts in relief of starter Joey Kober.

The Roughies will end this week against Salisbury Wednesday, Moravian Academy Thursday and Bangor Saturday.

“We needed a game like the Northern Lehigh one,” added Bradley. “We know we can swing the bats and score some runs. We just haven’t been able to piece everything together on a consistent basis.

“We did face some pretty good teams, but we’re not going to make any excuses. I told the guys to put a game like Palisades quickly behind them and move on. We’ll get back at it and see what happens.”