Catty Connie Mack aiming for playoffs
With a few weeks left in their Lehigh Valle Connie Mack (LVCM) season, Catasauqua has reached a point of test of character in many ways.
The Roughies recently lost starting pitcher Jacob Drummer for approximately two weeks due to a sprained ankle. However, he could return to the lineup as early as next week.
Also, the Roughies also may have hit a point where fatigue has started to show. Their steady bats virtually were silenced in a 2-1 loss to Hellertown, and they squandered a lead in a 5-4 defeat to Stroudsburg.
Yet, they did manage an impressive 4-2 win over Emmaus. The Roughies also had a 3-0 lead and a potential victory over Palmerton, but play was called due to rain after two innings.
In all, Catty has an overall 5-3 mark beginning this week and it placed them in 13th place in the league standings.
“We had a letdown when we lost our number one pitcher (Drummond),” said head coach Jim Kober. ‘But I think we can get him back soon.
“We faced a very good pitcher from Hellertown and our bats went quiet. We also had a mini-meltdown after having a 4-2 lead against Stroudsburg. But we had a very good game against Emmaus.
“It is the part of the season when we can have letdowns and maybe some fatigue from the varsity season, but these kids are very determined to get back to the state tournament after being there last year.”
Another test for the Roughies is a compelling schedule ahead in which they will play their next 10 games in 12 days. They begin with games Wednesday in three consecutive days against Lehigh-Bethlehem, Salisbury and Nazareth.
The top-four teams in the LVCM will be given a berth in the state tournament and the next four will need to win a one-game playoff against teams 9-12 for their ticket to states.
“We would really like to get two wins this week,” added Kober. “Lehigh-Bethlehem and Nazareth are below us in the standings. But we have to rely on the steady contributions we have been receiving from everyone all season.”
Jason Schneck leads the team with a .545 average and 22 hits, while Adam Reinhart is hitting .348. Overall, Catty is hitting .249 as a team with an OBP of .328 and a slugging percentage of .302.
Andrew Torres has 2-0 mark with a 1.42 ERA and a team-high 17 strikeouts, while Drummer is 2-2 with a 1.90 ERA and 13 strikeouts. Pitching continues to shine as the Roughies have a team ERA of 1.87 with 42 strikeouts in 52 innings.
“We’re a veteran team,” stressed Kober. “These kids are very excited and focused. They know what they need to do.”