Like he’s done in the past, Colin Hawk gets the job done.
The Catasauqua junior has been one of the key components of the Roughies pitching staff this season, as he has been productive in his first varsity season.
In his latest outing before this week, Hawk twirled a complete game victory over Saucon Valley April 21 in which he struck out five and walked three in a 5-3 win, a key game that helped keep the Roughies in the postseason hunt.
For the Catasauqua softball team, step one is complete. One step that was completed out of the limelight.
With their 8-2 victory over Tamaqua, the Roughies clinched a district playoff spot and won their ninth straight game in the process. The victory gave them an overall 10-2 record with eight games remaining on their schedule.
Catty can now turn its attention on fine tuning its game and addressing some other issues as they head down the stretch toward the next step.
If one adage fits the Catasauqua baseball team this spring, it’s that time is on their side.
The Roughies began the year with six sophomores in their starting lineup, and returned only Corey Raysely — a sophomore – and senior Nate Pontician to their lineup.
Their inexperience surfaced early in the season as the Roughies plodded through a 14-3 defeat to rival Northampton in their opener and then were the victim of an 11-0 pasting from Bangor in their next game.
The Roughies did rally for a 7-6 win over Salisbury before they suffered a hard-luck loss against Palmerton.
Despite his coach viewing it as not a popular choice, Nate Pontician still was going to wear stirrup socks against Moravian Academy.
“Coach (Steve Bradley) made fun of me before the game for wearing stirrups,” noted Pontician. “But I wanted to try something different to help change my luck. I knew I had to change things up.”
Pontician may be wearing stirrups the remainder of the season. His supposed good luck charm paid some huge dividends.
Before the season, Catasauqua head softball coach Bobby Thomas believed his team would be strong offensively.
For the most part, the Roughies have. Through Monday’s action, Catty pieced together a four-game winning streak, mainly due to the bottom half of their lineup producing.
Thomas knows his lineup must be solid for his team to be a contender in late spring.
For Hannah Edwards, the moment was truly special. However, it was more about being there with special people.
Edwards broke the state record for most career hits in a game at Northern Lehigh April. 13. The senior centerfielder went 3-for-4 with four runs and three stolen bases. She finished the game with 171 career hits, breaking the previous mark of 168 set by Jacki Timko of Chartiers Houston in 2008. Edwards also is assumed to be the state leader in steals as she topped the 140 mark last season.
Catasauqua head baseball coach Steve Bradley was waiting for that one big effort. It arrived, possibly sooner than expected.
The Roughies rode the arm of junior hurler Rod Berger as they coasted to a 3-0 victory over Southern Lehigh April 8 and upped their overall record to 2-3 on the season. Berger scattered five hits and struck out six and walked none in his second complete game effort of the season.
“That was a fantastic effort, no doubt about it,” said Bradley. “We needed a game like that one. Southern Lehigh was threatening late in the game and our defense kept up.
Rod Berger was ready for this season.
The Catasauqua junior had a handful of appearances on the varsity last season, but he knew his time would come.
With the bulk of the pitching among eight starters gone from last year’s unit, Berger suddenly was thrust into the limelight. However, he didn’t waste any time.
During the offseason, Berger engaged in an intense weight training program and also took the mound on a regular basis for a traveling team during the fall.
So far, his mission has paid off.
Last season, Janae Matos discovered what college softball was all about.
The former Catasauqua standout hit .211 behind the plate in 34 games as a freshman catcher for the Moravian College Greyhounds, who advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals and finished with an overall 38-8 record.
It was a bumpy initial ride than eventually turned into a smooth one.
As a result, Matos was named one of the team’s captains and quickly has elevated her game to the next level.
To Alex Monteverde, baseball currently can be considered life.
And, his teammates and coaches are happy his life is based in Catasauqua.
After spending the past three seasons at Allen, Monteverde joined the Roughies’ this spring. Even though the season is still early, Monteverde already has made a major impression as he has been among the team leaders in hits, average, and RBIs as well as playing a solid center field.
Notably, Monteverde had three triples, four RBIs and threw out a runner at home from center field through the team’s first three games.