Catty misses out on playoffs
Over the past year, Catasauqua’s baseball program came full circle.
A year ago, the Roughies clinched a district playoff spot when they won their final game against Northwestern, 2-1, during a night game at Parkland High School.
Tuesday night, the Roughies ended their regular season against Northwestern at Parkland, but they were eliminated from the playoff picture.
Catty entered Tuesday’s play with an overall 6-12 record and faced the task of playing at Palmerton in the afternoon from a rainout, and then they traveled down to Parkland for a 7 p.m. start.
The Roughies were eliminated when they were shutout by Pen Argyl, 11-0, May 5.
“We came out good and then we were down 3-0,” said head coach Steve Bradley. “From there, (starting pitcher) Zach Bilder couldn’t find the strike zone. We started throwing the ball around.
“I can’t put my finger on it. We haven’t been able to put together enough games where we put good pitching, good hitting, and good fielding together.”
Bradley pointed to a crucial part of the season when the Roughies had a three-game winning streak and momentum before they had a week’s worth of games rained out. From there, they never regained any momentum.
“We had won three-in-a-row and we were set up pretty good,” added Bradley. “Losing those games really hurt us. We had a thing going then, and we weren’t able to get it back.”
Bradley noted the Roughies were saddled with an inexperienced pitching staff throughout the season, and they had difficulty accounting for the loss of starting pitchers Rod Berger and Colin Hawk from last season.
But he is confident sophomores Jacob Drummer and Andrew Torres can continue to develop.
“Last season, those two guys were huge for us,” said Bradley. “But Drummer and Torres were pretty good for us all season. They’re both young and gained some valuable experience. Both of them grew up a lot during the season.”
However, Bradley knew inexperience would hinder his club throughout the season. He will graduate eight seniors.
“I just think we were inexperienced,” he said. “We really didn’t have the experience we needed on the mound and that hurt.
“We have a young core coming back and they will need to continue to develop.”