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.
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.
Northwestern opened the season with a number of young players replacing graduating seniors and nobody was quite sure what to expect. While there have been some rough spots, the Tigers have seen some of the young players develop well in their first full varsity season as starters, leaving things in good shape moving forward.
One challenge greets the Tigers this week as they travel to Catasauqua to play the Rough Riders in the final game of the regular season, and look to improve their record to an even .500 on the season, and possibly get into the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
Andrew Knapp is in a very interesting situation right now. The young Phillies prospect is playing at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, just one step away from the majors, but he’s not necessarily the next in line to take over behind the plate at Citizens Bank Park.
The first consideration is what’s going on above him. Cameron Rupp is slowly becoming a force to be reckoned with behind the plate for the Phillies.
The 31st Annual Deppe All-Star Classic was played Saturday at Fegely Stadium in Limeport, pitting high school seniors from the Colonial League against seniors from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference to benefit the American Cancer Society.
After the EPC battled from behind to take a lead, the Colonial League stars battled back only to have the game end in a 5-5 tie after nine innings.
Two local companies are teaming up in a partnership that will have implications for Major League Baseball. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs announced a historic agreement with uniform maker Majestic that will give their players the same materials and styles of uniforms worn by players in the majors.
The Lehigh Valley and Berks-Schuylkill Legion All-Star teams battled to a 5-5 tie in 10 innings of baseball at Reading's FirstEnergy Stadium Monday night. Both teams had opportunities to win the game, but just when one team would gain an advantage, the other would come fighting back.
Tamaqua's Matt Roberts started for Schuylkill-Berks and put down Lehigh Valley in order in the top of the first and North Parkland's Nate Kern did the same against Schuylkill-Berks in the bottom of the inning.
Kern started, and returned to pitch the 10th inning for Lehigh Valley.
The 30th Annual Howard E. Deppe Senior All-Star Baseball Classic was played Saturday at Limeport Stadium, with the Pink team, comprised primarily of players from the EPC downing the Blue team of all-stars, primarily from the Colonial League, 5-1. Dieruff's Shane Seibert got the win, while Northampton's Noah Durnin suffered the loss.
The game raises funds for the American Cancer Society, while giving high school senior players the opportunity to get together for one, final game.
After finishing the 2014 season at 66-78, last in the North Division of the International League, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs are looking to move up this season. The team features a number of veteran players, but also has a good mix of young players hoping to find their way to Philadelphia in the not-too-distant future.