For the past three seasons, District 11 has held their baseball championships at Coca-Cola Park, home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. It's return for 2013 was in jeopardy after the district had to pick up the full $8,000.00 cost for the use of the stadium last season when their previous sponsorship from Coca-Cola ended following the 2011 tournament. Fortunately, two new sponsors have stepped up to pick up half of the tab for this year's cost, allowing District 11 to return to the premier facility.
Catasauqua's Zac Edwards received an award given to recognize and honor a demonstration of excellence in scholarship, leadership, and community service at the recently Donley Awards for Excellence breakfast.
Edwards was Catasauqua High School's representative. Zac's parents, Robert and Teresa, also attended the breakfast along with Catasauqua High School Principal Dave Ascani and guidance counselor Eric Snyder.
The banquet was Monday, April 15, at the Best Western Hotel.
Jordon Dardas has a knack for coming up with big hits.
During Friday's softball game against Salisbury, Dardas once again provided a huge hit in the game's most crucial moment.
Just two days after blasting a key home run against Southern Lehigh, Dardas once again went long ball. After the Falcons (3-10 overall; 1-8 in Colonial League) rallied from a five-run deficit and tied it at six in the fourth inning, Dardas used a three-run homer in the sixth with two outs to lift the Rough Riders (9-2 overall; 8-1 in Colonial League) to a 9-6 victory.
For Catasauqua head baseball coach Steve Bradley and his troops, this can be a crucial week of the season.
The Roughies began the week with an overall 5-5 mark and had revived aspirations about having a shot at the Colonial league playoff and making a trek to the district playoffs as well. Those hopes were rejuvenated during a recent four-game span before the week in which they won three of the contests and generated 44 runs in the process.
Catty High and Pen Argyl High School remained tied for first place in the North Division of the Colonial League, both at 8-1. But, both have also clinched District 11 AA playoff spots with wins on Monday afternoon.
Junior catcher Janae Matos continued to rip the ball going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs against Karlee Krchnavi of Palisades in a 5-2 win at the Bill Kennedy Complex.
The Rough Riders, 6-5 overall and 5-4 in the Colonial League North, got a six-run fourth inning at the Bill Kennedy Baseball Field in Catasauqua for a 7-3 win over Palisades on Monday afternoon. The Pirates fell to 5-6.
Catasauqua has to win three more games out of the seven league games left to grab a District 11 AA playoff berth.
Catty was up 7-0 heading to the sixth inning when Palisades put two runs on the Catty scoreboard. They would add one more in the seventh.
100 - 1. Alex Odle (Palisades) 11.3, Javante Tooley (Wilson) 11.3, 3. tie Matthew Barnett (So. Lehigh), Cam Richardson (Northwestern), Ra'Von Burton (Catasauqua), Kordell Theadford (Notre Dame GP), Caleb Johnson (No. Lehigh), Trent Silfies (So. Lehigh) 11.4;
200 - 1. Caleb Johnson (No. Lehigh) 23.0, 2. Cam Richardson (Northwestern) 23.2, 3. Alex Odle (Palisades) 23.5;
400 - 1. Collin Bergey (So. Lehigh) 52.1, 2. Caleb Johnson (No. Lehigh) 52.3, 3. Jryi Davis (Bangor) 52.4;
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.