Schneck helps to guide Roughies
Jason Schneck already has seen the scene.
He was one of four seniors on the Roughies’ basketball team this past winter and helped a young team find itself along the way.
A few months later, Schneck, a team captain, has a feeling of déjà vu. Yet, he has been able to take a further leadership stance as a result of it.
“I see it as moving forward,” said Schneck, whose team has a 1-4 mark through Monday’s action. “We have all played together in the past.
“There is experience and we can have a good year.”
Experience has been a redundant reference with the Roughies this season. They have encountered their share of situations in which their lack of experience has played a factor.
Monday afternoon, pitcher Andrew Torres allowed two runs (one earned), three hits and had seven strikeouts over six innings in a 2-1 loss to Northern Lehigh. Torres also was the victim of a 2-0 loss to Palmerton. The Roughies had another potential win slip away when they fell behind 10-3 to Pen Argyl only to really to a 10-8 final score.
“Experience has come into play for us,” said Schneck. “Going forward we need to learn from what has happened to us. We have to be able to answer in big situations.”
Schneck has done his part. Normally an infielder, Schneck has been thrust into a pitching role, one he began on the varsity last season.
He has struggled hitting, but Schneck has 1.40 ERA over five innings in two appearances.
“I am starting to feel more comfortable doing it,” said Schneck about pitching. “The coaches have told me to try and work ahead in the counts.
“I prefer playing the infield as I am more comfortable there. But pitching has worked out.”
Head coach Steve Bradley appreciated Schneck’s contributions.
“He is a fantastic kid,” boasted Bradley. “He quietly has done a great job for us. Jason (Schneck) has developed into our number two pitcher, and he has done a great job as our starting second baseman.
“He has been solid at the plate and is one of our leaders.”
Schneck began playing baseball at the age of six and being a pitcher and infielder were two of his positions. He pitched last summer as a member of the town’s Connie Mack team and figured it would be part of his overall game.
He credited the support of his parents, Joe and Julie, along with older brother Jacob as being highly influential in his career. However, his biggest memory was a basketball team victory over Pine Grove in a district playoff game in Pottsville a few years ago.
Schneck plans to attend Lehigh County Community College in the fall and plans to try out for the baseball team there. He still sees sports playing a major role in his life, as he plans to pursue a degree in sports management.
“I always see sports being in my life,” he said. “I want to do what makes me happy.”
In Catty, Schneck certainly has made plenty of people happy.