Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

IronPigs see season come to an end

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After a six-game winning streak put the Lehigh Valley IronPigs into the playoffs, a seventh straight win gave them a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five divisional series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Unfortunately, that would be their last win of the season as the RailRiders went on to take the next three games to advance to the Governor’s Cup Finals in the International League.

Late-season rally gets Pigs into the playoffs

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs made an improbable romp into the playoffs with a late-season stretch that saw them finish off the regular season with a six-game win streak, including sweeping a four-game series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to finish the season.

The Pigs were four games behind Rochester for the final playoff spot in the International League with 12 games left, and went on a 9-3 run to catch the Red Wings on the second-to-last day of the season. Both teams won their finale, but LV was awarded the wild card by virtue of having won the season series.

Orioles taking on Martin’s Creek in BML adult finals

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Iron Financial Orioles know all about coming from behind. When they fell behind Martins Creek 5-0 Sunday in game two of the Blue Mountain League Championship Series, it was just another day on the ball field for them. Unfortunately for the Orioles, there wouldn’t be a comeback in the offing this time and they fell to Martins Creek 7-4, evening the series at one game apiece.

BML semifinals go to fifth games

Friday, August 11, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Both Blue Mountain League semifinal playoff series have gone to a fifth and deciding game with the championship series set to begin later this week. Here’s a look at both series.

Royals-Orioles

The Hellertown Royals took the first two games of their BML semifinal series game against the Iron Financial Orioles, putting them in a commanding position in the best-of-five series.

Local umps get the call

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Every year, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Reading Fightin’ Phils play an exhibition game for charity. Among all of the planning that goes into putting the game together is finding umpires to work the game. Minor League umpires aren’t allowed to work the game, so the teams generally turn to PIAA umpires. This year’s game was played at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, and when there is anything to do with umpiring, the IronPigs turn to Marty Ondrovic for help.

Roughs part of Via games

Thursday, April 6, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The 42nd Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic was played Saturday at Northampton Community College, pitting senior all-stars against one another in four separate games. The West squad featured seniors from Central Catholic, Northampton, Northwestern, Parkland and Whitehall among other Lehigh Valley teams.

The West came up on the short end of the score in both games, with the girls falling 56-49 and the boys suffering a 121-97 loss.

Phantoms Greg Carey gets two-year deal

Thursday, March 16, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

When new minor league facilities are built, no matter what the sport, part of the attraction is what those facilities might potentially mean to attracting and keeping young players in the organization.

The Phillies found after moving into Coca-Cola Park that players who had played there as a visiting player or had talked to players who were familiar with the place, were quicker to sign with the team because of the facilities available to them.

Northwestern downs Catty

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Catasauqua came into last Friday’s game against Northwestern with slim hopes of reaching the District 11 Playoffs, even though their record stood at 2-7. Unfortunately for the Rough Riders, Northwestern ended those hopes with a 48-20 win over Catty.

After Northwestern took a 14-0 lead over the Roughies, Catasauqua struck back with a nine-play drive in the second quarter to cut Northwesternn’s lead to 14-7. Andrew Brett connected with Ryan Greene on a 49-yard pass down the home side of the field for the first score of the night for Catasauqua.