Weather continues to change schedules for league playoff games this week.
Here’s the latest as of Wednesday afternoon:
The District 11 track and field meet is still on for Wednesday, May 16, for day one with day two scheduled for Thursday, May 17. Both days take place at Whitehall High School with action beginning at 3 p.m.
Thursday will be a busy day for area baseball and softball teams:
Over the past year, Catasauqua’s baseball program came full circle.
A year ago, the Roughies clinched a district playoff spot when they won their final game against Northwestern, 2-1, during a night game at Parkland High School.
Tuesday night, the Roughies ended their regular season against Northwestern at Parkland, but they were eliminated from the playoff picture.
Catty entered Tuesday’s play with an overall 6-12 record and faced the task of playing at Palmerton in the afternoon from a rainout, and then they traveled down to Parkland for a 7 p.m. start.
Day one of the Colonial League and East Penn Conference championship track meet took place on Tuesday at Whitehall with day two scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, after Press deadlines.
Kenzie Bradley had a big day taking first in the long jump and second in the high jump. We’ll have a recap from both days and a look at districts in next week’s edition of the Catasauqua Press.
Colonial League Championships
Luke Creyer understood that this could be the year.
Over the past two years, Creyer improved his play as a member of Catasauqua’s JV baseball team. He entered this season with high expectations and a world of potential.
“This year is a big step for me,” said Creyer. “I played JV the past two years and I knew this was the year for me to take the next step. I knew I had to work on my total game and I really feel good about things.
“The coaches have helped me with my hitting and my mechanics. I really feel everything is there for me now.”
Erik Kratz is a guy who has come to accept his baseball life for what it is. In each of the last eight seasons, the Telford, Pennsylvania product has played at least a couple of games in the majors and has done so with six different major league teams, including the Phillies. He continued the streak last season when he played in four games with the Yankees and he’s returned to the organization this season and is playing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
With the weather finally warming up to normal temperatures for this time of year, folks will be out and about after suffering from cabin fever.
While the much needed warming trend is upon us, so are ticks. Both wood ticks and deer ticks, the latter being more difficult to spot because of their tiny size. Experts are expecting a potential tick explosion with the warm weather and the bloodthirsty critters will be in abundance this summer. The exports say ticks will be looking for a host that walks by so they can latch themselves onto them and your pets.
Generally, you think of rivalries as being between teams in close proximity to each other.
Sometimes though, rivalries can develop because of circumstances, including a big playoff series. Such is the case for the budding rivalry between the Phantoms and Charlotte Checkers. The two teams played each other very evenly during the regular season and are matched up in the Atlantic Division finals on their quest for an AHL Calder Cup trophy.
Seeds for the Colonial League Track and Field Championships were released Thursday. The league meet will be held Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9 at Whitehall High School.
The following list includes the top five seeds in each event. The complete list can be found on the track and field page of the Colonial League web site (http://www.colonialleague.org/).
Catty highlights include Jacob Wittman who is seeded first in the pole vault.
Whitehall’s Saquon Barkley stole the show with the NFL Draft taking place last week, but he wasn’t the only local football player to hear his name called by NFL teams during the draft’s three-day event.
Barkley, the former Whitehall and Penn State running back, who was taken second overall by the New York Giants last Thursday, became the highest selection from the Lehigh Valley since Chuck Bednarik was taken first overall in the 1949 NFL Draft.
For Catasauqua, they got one that was desperately needed.
Derek Troxell’s walkoff single to right field was the final piece of a five-run seventh inning that lifted the Roughies to a 7-6 win over Northern Lehigh Tuesday afternoon.
The victory gave the Roughies an overall 5-11 mark and kept their postseason hopes alive.
Jayden June had three of Catty’s 12 hits, and Cam Ritter went 2-for-3 and knocked in a pair of runs. Corey Raysely went 2-for-4, and Zach Bilder was 2-for-3. June had an RBI-triple in the seventh, and Ritter had a key squeeze bunt.