Heading into the postseason, Catasauqua's baseball team showed plenty of signs that they could surprise some teams with an extended stay in the playoff format.
The Roughies staged a late-season rally that earned them an invitation to the postseason for the first time in three seasons since they went to the state playoff bracket, and they also gained an invite to the league playoffs.
But, apparently, it wasn't meant to be.
Senior captains Zac Edwards and Zach Stopay ended their varsity careers by getting on base three times each in their final game, but it wouldn't be enough as Catty fell to Pine Grove 10-2 last Wednesday in the District 11 playoffs.
Edwards was 1-for-1 with a walk and was hit by a pitch in his last at bat. Stopay went 2-for-3 and also got on on an error.
The Roughies were their own worst enemy as they committed seven errors in the game.
Editor's note: With Tuesday's game rained out, Wednesday's game comes after Catasauqua Press deadlines.
It has been the kind of season for the Catasauqua softball team in which head coach Bobby Thomas doesn't have to cross his fingers or knock on wood to lay any superstitions to rest as his club takes another crucial step in the post season.
In fact, the top-seeded Roughies received an extra day of rest before they met fifth-seeded North Schuylkill in the semifinal round of the PIAA District 11 Class 2A playoff Wednesday afternoon at Parkland High School.
The International Association of Lions Clubs from Lehigh and Northampton counties recently announced the schedule and players for their 32nd Annual All Star Soccer Classic.
This year's event will be held on Sunday, June 2 at Whitehall High School. The games will again feature graduating high school senior all-star boys and girls from the Mountain Valley Conference, Colonial League and the Lehigh Valley Conference.
Starting time for boys game will be 3 p.m. and the girls game will begin at 5 p.m.
Catasauqua senior Anthony Brinkley has been used to success on the scholastic level of middle distance running.
However, this past week he solidified his name in the history of Catasauqua greats in the sport, as he put up quite the showing at the District 11 AA Track and Field Championships at Blue Mountain High School. He bettered his school record in the 800, as he took first place in that event with a time of 1:59.62, and will move on to this weekend's PIAA state track and field championships at Shippensburg University.
Before the start of the regular season, Catasauqua head softball coach Bobby Thomas had a good feeling about his club. It was a feeling that generated plenty of thoughts of his team contending and possibly winning the Colonial League crown.
Thomas had a club that was rich with seniors and juniors, many of them who have made significant contributions since their freshman seasons, and a crop of rapidly growing freshman, a handful that could make an immediate impact.
Editor's note: Wednesday's game with Pine Grove takes place after Catasauqua Press deadlines.
Catasauqua head baseball coach Steve Bradley admittedly didn't know much about Pine Grove when they the two teams met late Wednesday afternoon in an opening round District 11 Class 2A playoff game.
"We really didn't know much about them," said the third -year head coach. "We didn't have any common opponents and we tried to track down some info about them. But, sometimes, it might be better if you don't know too much.
The long drought is over.
Catasauqua High School has been crowned Colonial League Champions for the first time since 1981.
"It's an awesome feeling to say we're the champs," said Janae Matos.
Catty knocked off Pen Argyl 6-0 last Thursday at Patriots Park in Allentown to bring home the gold after a 32-year wait.
Sophomore chucker Alexis Ayache spun a four-hitter at Pen Argyl in the 7 p.m. night cap to claim the title.
The Catasauqua softball team captured the Colonial League title with a 6-0 win over Pen Argyl on Thursday night at Patriots Park.
The Roughies scored early with three in the top of the first, and then Alexis Ayache took over from there allowing only four hits and no runs. She added three strikeouts while walking two.
Erika Lebron, Shea O'Brien and Janae Matos all drove in two runs each. Hannah Edwards scored two runs and had three hits and two steals. Lebron and O'Brien each had two hits and Paige Kogelman scored twice in the victory.
Paige Kogelman, who went a perfect 4-for-4 against Palmerton in the Colonial League semifinals on Tuesday night at Patriots Park, was elated after a convincing 15-4 win.
"We did everything together," Kogelman said. "We started off tonight a little rocky. We have all been working hard all year."
Catty ended a 10-game winning streak for Palmerton and improved to 16-5 overall. The girls will meet division nemesis Pen Argyl, which got by Notre Dame of Green Pond 4-2 in the other semifinal game.