After two seasons, Janae Matos realized that she had to take a more patient approach at the plate for the Moravian softball team.
“I knew I had to be a lot more calmer,” said the former Catasauqua standout. “I am finding and waiting on better pitches. During my first two years, I was swinging at everything in the strike zone.
“This year, I am seeing everything better. I’m waiting on pitches and I’m in a really good zone right now.”
Matos has posted the numbers to prove it.
Catasauqua’s track team headed to the PIAA District 11 meet this week with plenty of promise and opportunity.
The Roughies best chance of claiming a gold medal is with their girls’ 4 X 100 relay team of Tyra Brown, Kenzie Bradley, Hanasia Jenkins, and Amaiya Johnson, who combined to finish second behind Southern Lehigh in the Colonial League meet. The foursome was the defending league champions and they lost by a split second to Palisades at last year’s district meet.
The Catty track team competed in the Colonial League meet last week at East Stroudsburg South.
The 400 relay team, after taking over the top seed, took second behind Southern Lehigh. The Spartans had a winning time of 50.85 while Catty had a 51.29. Tyra Brown, Hanasia Jenkins, Amaiya Johnson and Kenzie Bradley ran the relay for the Roughies, who will get another shot at Southern Lehigh in this week’s District 11 meet at Blue Mountain.
In the end, the goal is to get to the next level.
After nearly two challenging years, the Roughies are back in the district playoffs.
The Roughies clinched a postseason berth when they captured a hard-fought, 2-1 victory over Northwestern in a home night game at Parkland on May 10. It gave them their first playoff game in two seasons.
In the game, Zach Bilder had another strong effort, as he hurled a 10-strikeout, two-hit gem. Bilder led off the bottom of the sixth and came home with the winning run when Cam Ritter drove him with the winning hit. Rod Berger scored Corey Raysley with a hit for the Roughies’ first run.
In the early phases of the second game of the season against Notre Dame, Alexia Reichl was in a good position with a 7-1 lead and six strikeouts in the process.
The junior right-hander was headed toward another strong season ahead. Suddenly, though, Reichl felt her arm stiffen and couldn’t pitch.
“I didn’t have any feeling in my arm,” recalled Reichl. “My arm just became stiff and I had trouble moving it. I just couldn’t pitch anymore.”
It’s the opportunity that only a small percentage of the population gets, but former Lehigh quarterback and Whitehall product Nick Shafnisky will get his shot at building his NFL resume when he arrives at the NovaCare Complex for a rookie minicamp with the Philadelphia Eagles this week.
Shafnisky will report on Thursday for a night meeting, before hitting the field on Friday through Sunday for a chance to impress and gain a contract to become apart of the Eagles 90-man offseason roster.
For the Catasauqua baseball team, it is crunch time.
The Roughies have endured a roller coaster season, hitting their share of highs and lows during the season. They are seeking to get back to the district playoffs after struggling through a 7-13 season in which they experienced their share of growing pains on a club that watched a number of games slip from their grasp.
Mainly due to late season rain, Catty needed to win four games in six days to reach the postseason. They were optimistic that the predicament would not face them again this season.
Day 1 of the Colonial League meet was held on Tuesday afternoon at East Stroudsburg South.
Kenzie Bradley took second place in the long jump with a 17-1.75. She finished behind Jill Olewine of Northern Lehigh who was seeded ahead coming into the event. The two were scheduled to battle it out in the triple jump on Wednesday, which is after Press deadlines.
Jacob Wittman continues to lead the way in the pole vault as the top seed, clearing 12-6, he’ll also be in action on Wednesday.
The Catasauqua track and field team dropped meets to Palisades and Notre Dame Green Pond last week to close out their season as they prepared for the Colonial League meet scheduled to take place May 9-10.
The Catty boys lost 122-18 to Palisades and 103-37 to Notre Dame. The girls fell 103-38 to Palisades and 83-51 to Notre Dame.
Tyra Brown and Kenzie Bradley picked up individual wins for the Roughs. Brown won the 200 with a time of 27.9, while Bradley was a double-winner on the day, taking the long jump with a 16-4.5 and the triple jump with a 32-4.
The Colonial League released it’s seedings for the May 9-10 league meet.
Below are the top-five in each event.
100 - 1. Diggs, Talitha (SV) 12.00, 2. Badman, Aimee (Wil) 12.20, 3. Bottelier, Lydia (Palis) 12.30, 4. Hollie, Imani (SL) 12.50, 5. Brown, Tyra ((Cat)) 12.60.
200 - 1. Diggs, Talitha (SV) 25.20, 2. Bottelier, Lydia (Palis) 25.90, 3. Schroy, Allison (SL) 26.50, 4. Badman, Aimee (Wil) 26.93, 5. Terry, Juliann (Palis) 27.10.