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LT Connie Mack hopes to be settling in

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

Lehigh Township head coach Tom Onusconich is optimistic his team's initial start of the second half of the season of the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack season can be a trigger for the remainder of this year's campaign.

They opened the second-half Tuesday night with a 4-0 victory over Roseto, a few days after the league's All-Star Classic. It was a first half filled with a series of rainouts and rescheduled games that left them with only eight games in the opening part of the season.

With their win Tuesday, Lehigh Township raised its record to 4-5 overall.

"When other teams had played nine or 10 games, we had only played five," said Onusconich. "We had games that were rescheduled due to the weather and others were rescheduled due to teams having players leaving for summer vacations.

"There were weeks where we would play two games and others where we wouldn't play any. We should be on a regular schedule from now on, and we believe we are finally starting to come together as a team."

Lehigh Township has been paced on the mound by Justin Bragg, who has been the stalwart of the staff. Nathan Kranzley, Nathan Straub, and Mike Bodnar have filled out the staff that has been a mainstay on the team.

"Justin (Bragg) has been doing a really good job for us," said Onusconich. "Our other starters have also been pretty consistent for us all season. Overall, our pitching has been good for us."

Offensively, Ian Csencsits and Ian Arroyo have led the team throughout the year. Straub and Bodnar also have been leading the attack.

"These kids have hit the ball well all season," noted Onusconich. "We have also had a number of other guys step up lately. Overall, we have been pretty consistent hitting the ball. Our real weakness has been to tend to look at too many pitches this season."

Onusconich stated his team will be challenged this week when they tangle with Nazareth Thursday and South Parkland Saturday. Along with those two contests, his team will have a full week ahead.

"Those will be two big games for us," he said. "We will be going through a stretch in which we'll have six games in five days. It is going t be a rough stretch for us. We have a decent team and we should be able to hold our own."

Onusconich also sees everything coming into place for his squad. He believes his team has made several strides since they were shutout by Lehigh Bethlehem, 10-0, in their opener.

"We seem to be over our scheduling issues," he said. "I believe we are really starting to jell as a team. We have been playing much better since the beginning of the season. We have a team in which we have enough players back and we can call up some junior legion players if we have to.

"But we seem to be headed in the right direction."