Catasauqua's girls softball team had their playoff run end on Thursday night with a 2-1 loss to rival Pen Argyl in the District 11 2A finals at Parkland.
Green Knight pitcher Emily Smull was able to quiet the Roughie bats allowing just six hits and a walk while striking out five.
Pen Argyl struck first in the top of the fourth with two runs thanks to RBIs from Madisyn Einfalt and Laura Zanette. Einfalt would finish with two hits on the day as would Rachel Warren.
If you wanted to perhaps sum up the Catasauqua softball team and their reason for success, you might point to the fact their defense has improved tremendously in last two weeks.
Catty gained its third shutout of the year Wednesday night, and has outscored opponents 166-83 this season. They now take an 18-5 record into Thursday's District 11 2A softball championship after a 3-0 win over North Schuylkill.
The 28th Annual Howard E. Deppe All-Star Baseball Classic will be held Saturday, June 1 at Limeport Stadium.
The game, which benefits the American Cancer Society, matches up the top senior high school players from the Lehigh Valley in one final game. There is also a hitting competition before the game.
This year's Frank Yelinko Hitting Competition begins at 11 a.m. with the game following at 12:30 p.m.
The Classic has raises over $100,000 since it's beginning.
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.