Anthony Recker thought he might play close to home someday. But, he also realistically knew it would be more of a long shot than reality. Yet, Recker wasn't exactly miserable, as he played out his own dream playing in the farm system of his favorite team, the Oakland A's.
However, all of that began to change when the catcher made the first move headed east when he was dealt to the Chicago Cubs in August 2012. Recker's stay there was short and he moved close to his deal situation as he claimed off waivers by New York Mets in October 2012.
With a few games left in the regular season, Northampton has its sights on the playoff n the Northampton County Legion (NORCO).
Along with a sixth-place overall seeding in the NORCO, Northampton also is within striking distance of first-place Bath - anywhere from a game to a game-and-a-half in recent weeks - in the league's West division.
During the final few games of the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack League (LVCM), Catasauqua simply had to wait it turn. Its turn, however, to see what seed the Roughies would land in next week's opening round of the LVCM playoffs that will begin Monday, July 8.
Catasauqua finished with an overall 12-5 record and firmly had a grip on the fourth seed. Yet, the Roughies may be bumped up to the third seed depending on some outcomes of games played over a stretch of the final three days of the regular season that began this past Monday.
Anywhere they may fall, Catty will be ready.
At 17-0, Central Whitehall League's Catty Brown is going to the championship.
Catty came back from a 4-0 deficit in the bottom of the seventh to defeat the Big Red Machine of Bowmanstown 2 on Sunday.
Matt Ritter drew a walk with the bases loaded and the score tied 4-4 that forced home Adam Reinhart for the victory, 5-4.
Catty Connie Mack's squad outhit the Slaters 9-6 on the road last Wednesday, but fell 7-4 as the Maroon and White scored three runs in the bottom of the third and four in the fourth frame.
The Big Brown Machine had three batters go 2-for-3: Alex Torres, Matt Rodger and Joe Rothrock, the cleanup man who also drove in a run, stole a base and scored.
Jordan Madaya whacked an RBI triple. Jacob Kober recorded an RBI single and stole a base batting leadoff.
Lehigh Valley's Carpenter Cup softball team, which includes Catasauqua player, Janae Matos, defeated Philadelphia Catholic's Carpenter Cup team, 10-5, in its first game of the double-elimination tournament on Monday at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
Matos played in the last four innings, catching for Emmaus pitcher, Olivia Marcks.
"It worked well. She has a lot of momentum on her ball and hit her spots. I tried to frame as many pitches as possible to get the questionable calls," Matos said.
Like vintage wine that gets better with age, so too has Doug Koenig's shooting ability.
Koenig, a professional competitive shooter formerly of Alburtis and now residing in Hamburg, recently won his 15th Bianchi Cup shooting title at the Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club range in Columbia, Missouri.
Catty Midget Brown had just 12 players on the roster, but the Central Whitehall League skipper Mike Henning has done a very effective job getting all of the players ample action, and finding success, too. The team had its season end Sunday in their second loss of a double-elimination tournament, falling to Laurys 16-4.
Catasauqua head Lehigh Valley Connie Mack (LVCM) head coach Jim Kober will await to see his team's seed in the postseason tournament.
Catty ended its season Wednesday night against Moore Township and had an 11-5 overall record.
Even though his team likely will have one of the top five seeds in the league playoffs, Kober believed his team could have had even a better season.
Just like his Coplay counterpart, Fullerton Legion manager Daniel Delp has yet to reap the consistent benefits of a full complement of players.
"We've had only one game this year when we had our entire roster on hand," said Delp.
That means they've had to adjust, sometimes putting players in unfamiliar spots which has been a challenge this season. Still, Delp said he's been fortunate since a few of his players, including Ryan Bonshak, Matt Bonshak, Zach Delp, Tyler Correll and Jeff Charles are comfortable at multiple positions on the diamond.