Kelci Kunkle pitched a fine game down in Wilson Borough on Monday afternoon. Alexis Ayache came on in the fifth inning and got the win for the Lady Roughies. The girls improved to 6-2 after an 8-6 win.
Wilson put a scare into Catasauqua as Madison Oren, who had herself a day going 2-for-5 with a triple and three RBIs, went hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth.
Pitcher Michaela Moninghoff helped herself also going 2-for-5 with a run scored a triple and two RBIs.
The Lady Warriors are 6-2 overall and 4-3 in the Colonial League South Division
The Catasauqua Rough Riders needed evidence.
They needed backing to the case that they are serious contenders in the Colonial League softball world.
Last week against a North Division opponent they got that proof.
Last Wednesday the Rough Riders (4-1, 5-2) defeated the Northwestern Lady Tigers 6-5 in a six inning showdown in New Tripoli that was ended early by Catty's "10th player", Mother Nature.
Before the season, Randal Pacchioli thought be the team's everyday catcher might be a long shot. The junior had played nearly every position on the field except that one with the team.
But when head coach Steve Bradley approached him about the topic, Pacchioli took the suggestion in stride. So far, the transition has been a smooth one.
Catty High head coach Steve Bradley summed it up best at Wilson on Monday.
"We won a roller coaster of a game today," he said.
The Roughies sticks came alive for an 14-6 Colonial League victory
The Rough Riders quietly opened up a 5-1 lead after six innings. Zach Stopay pitched five strong innings, but got into trouble to start the sixth. After walking one Warrior hitter and hitting the next, Wilson closed the gap to 5-3. Stopay allowed those three runs, along with four hits, while walking three and striking out three.
100 - 1. Kordell Theadford (Notre Dame GP) 11.4, 2. Matthew Barnett (So. Lehigh) 11.4, 3. Alex Vignone (Palmerton) 11.5;
200 - 1. Jryi Davis (Bangor) 23.5, 2. Caleb Johnson (No. Lehigh) 23.7, 3. tie Ra'Von Burton (Catty), Cam Richardson (Northwestern), Ales Odle (Palisades) 24.0;
400 - 1. Collin Bergey (So. Lehigh) 52.4, 2. Jryi Davis (Bangor) 53.7, 3. Mathew Handley (Wilson) 53.9;
800 - 1. Kyle Gonoude (Salisbury) 2:07.9, 2. Mathew Handley (Wilson) 2:09.3, 3. Brayden Heller (Northwestern) 2:09.6;
For Catasauqua's baseball team, it was one of the most important games of the season.
Last week, the Roughies met Colonial league contender Pen Argyl and walked away with an impressive 1-0 victory behind the pitcher of junior Zack Bradley, who fired a no-hitter and notched 10 strikeouts in an impressive performance.
Ironically, it was a well-welcomed initial victory of the season for the Roughies after they suffered a 17-2 defeat to Northampton and a close 3-2 loss to Palmerton. It also was a moral and emotional one as well.
Catasauqua head softball coach Bobby Thomas knows it is early in the season, but he also realizes some notable wins can give his club some early season momentum that it will need later in the season.
One of those key April victories could have been a 5-2 triumph over Northern Lehigh Monday afternoon, one that will certainly have some ramifications on their season. Catty was coming off a 13-7 defeat to Whitehall Saturday, but they had beat Bangor, 11-1, a day earlier.
In recent years, Catasauqua head track and field coach Glenn Reightler has had his share of great individual performers. But his season, the veteran coach expects to continue the trend and also gain some team victories along the way.
"We do have some people back who had strong seasons for us," said Reightler. "But we also more depth than we have had in the past in both the boys' and girls' teams. We should be able to gains some more wins than usual this season.
"We're off to a nice start and we expect to get better."
Jeff Trexler is among the seniors on the Catasauqua baseball roster who all realize that time might not be on their side.
Trexler and his teammates are well aware of their team's 0-8 start last season that eventually salvaged aspirations of a Colonial League and district playoff bid. The Roughies did rally late in the season.
Beginning this week, Catty had a 0-2 record and a Wednesday afternoon meeting with Pen Argyl signaled the start of a busy remainder of the 2013 campaign.
The Catasauqua track and field teams both dropped a pair of meets on Tuesday afternoon at Palisades.
The boys fell to the Pirates 98-51 and to Wilson 97.66-47.33. The girls lost to Palisades 118-28 and to the Warriors 103-44.
Several of the boys had big days for Catty. Tony Brinkley picked up two wins, taking the 800 in 2:14.0 and the 1600 in 4:47.0.