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.
On Monday night at Opportunity Field in the Central Whitehall Baseball League winner's bracket semifinals, Catty Brown broke open a 7-7 tie to win 16-7, in a showdown with Catty White.
Adam Reinhart hurled three innings for Brown, followed by Tyler Monahan's three before Sebastian Arias closed out the victory.
It was a tight game until the bottom of the sixth.
The White is still alive in the playoffs as they travel up to meet Egypt Green, the number-two seed on Thursday evening.
The Catasauqua Grasshoppers will compete in the Coplay Grasshopper Tournament this weekend.
The team consists of a variety of 6-8-year-old ball players from three different Catty teams. Jason Fotta, head coach of the Catty #3 team will lead the squad, which consists of: Matthew Fotta, Anthony Barber, Corbin Reinsmith, Aidan Heil, Connor Snell, Johnny Loftus, Mckay Lewis, Peyton "Bubba" Harrison, Christian Fye, Anthony Hunsicker, Ian Abbadessa, Brady Dolak, Arianna Rieker, Aiden Hess and Maxine Kovacs.
When he looks at the big picture, Catasauqua's Jim Kober likes his team's chances in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack season this summer.
At the start of this week, Catty had an overall 8-3 mark and found itself within striking distance of first-place Lehigh-West Bethlehem and second-place Parkland. It has been a season in which the Roughies have rebounded well after a few glitches along the way.
The softball players from the Colonial League championship team are keeping real busy this summer.
Olivia Schlofer and Abby Preletz played for the Shockers 16U team this weekend at the Blast at the Beach Tournament in Ocean City, Maryland.
"It was a great experience for the two of us three Catty High School players," Abby Preletz said.
Janae Matos also played at the tournament for the Northwest Explosion 18U. The Explosion made it to the semifinals before getting knocked out of the tournament.
Playing the most games entering this week, Northampton's Mike Bodnar doesn't have too many worries about the progress of his team's season in the Northampton County Legion (NORCO).
Northampton began the week with an overall 6-3 mark and among a logjam at the top of the division standings along with Bath, East Stroudsburg, the Birches, Nazareth, and Kemp Post, as all six teams are within 1 to 1 _ games of each other.
Dakota Schiffer was smoking on the mound in a five inning whitewashing the hosts, Freemansburg, 14-0 in Lehigh Valley Connie Mack baseball action.
"With the wins over West Allentown on Sunday and Freemansburg Monday, it puts us at 9-3," Connie Mack head coach Jim Kober said. "We have a stretch of four games with teams that are in playoff contention. I told them to go into the remaining games with the attitude of playing in a game 7.
"They need to come to play and be ready for some hard-fought, closer games."