Dunmore Freedom League Seeking New Players, Teams

baseballBy Steve Svetovich

Charlie Ehnot has been involved in summer baseball at Sherwood Park for the past two decades.

Ehnot, Dunmore, a Scranton Prep graduate, is founder of the Collegiate Summer Baseball League (CSBL). The named changed in recent years and this summer will mark the fourth consecutive season of the Dunmore Freedom League.

Ehnot has been the league’s commissioner for the past 14 years.

Most of the games are played at Dunmore’s Sherwood Park. The season starts Memorial Day weekend and goes into the first week of August when playoff games are held.

It’s a competitive hardball league and players range from age 17 to as old as 58. Although most of the players are 19 to 30.

Dunmore’s Charlie Terrery, playing in his third consecutive year, is the league’s oldest player at 58. His son, Alex Terrery, plays in the league.

Former Holy Cross and University of Scranton baseball standout Anthony Duchnowski, Dunmore, plays in the league every summer. “Every year, I can’t wait for this to start,” he said.

Marywood University senior outfielder Dylan Svetovich plays centerfield on one of the Dunmore teams and will be in his fifth consecutive year in the league.

Harry Wildrick, a Kings College senior who played two years of baseball at Penn State Worthington, will be playing in his fifth consecutive year on one of the Dunmore teams.

West Scranton graduate Brett Lesh, 21, is looking forward to his fourth consecutive year in the league. “I can’t wait for it to start,” he said.

It is a highly competitive hardball league. In order to play, you need to be at least 17 and be able to play competitive baseball. There are many college and post college players in the league.

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Charlie Ehnot, left, commissioner of the Dunmore Freedom League, is shown with his son, Chaz Ehnot, a coach in the league.

Ehnot is looking for new players and new teams to play in the expanding Dunmore Freedom League. Any player or team interested in joining the league can call Charlie (570-479-2289) or his son, Chaz Ehnot (1-301-503-0131) who is a player-manager in the league.

“We would like to have from six to eight teams in the league,” Charlie Ehnot said. “Right now we have about five committed. We want to expand the league with more teams.

“We’ve completed some renovations at the field. The backstop was fixed up. New dirt was added to the field. We would like to add a couple new teams if possible.”

Ehnot has baseball in his blood. He managed various Little League, junior and senior leagues and youth baseball in Dunmore for a couple decades. He managed his three sons, Jerry, Marc and Chaz, from t-ball to Little League to Teener League and up.

His son, Chaz, is enthusiastic about the coming season.

“Right now we have five teams who are committed to play next year. We have three Dunmore teams, Honesdale and a team of Scranton Prep graduates. We also have a possible team from Old Forge. We want to add two more teams. We want to have eight competitive teams if possible.”

Chaz said each team will play a 14-15 game schedule followed by playoffs. The final two rounds will most likely be best of three.

He talked about other plans for the league.

“We would like to move the back stop back about four feet. We would like to put up a nice retaining wall in the area behind the back stop. We want to make the bleacher area really nice for our fans. We want to turn this into a really nice field for us and other leagues who want to play here at Sherwood Park.

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Sherwood Youth Association will host their annual Dunmore Summer Festival this month. (Photo Credit: Sherwood Youth)

“We want this to be a first class field. The dugouts were put in by an Eagle Scout for his scouting project. They are nicely built and will sustain us for a long time. We want to work on the backstop even more. We are getting another tri-axle  of dirt. We will place 25 tons of dirt. There were 25 tons of dirt placed on the field last year.

“With manpower, we will get everything done. Every year we have something else going on. Every year we are doing something to improve the field.

“We would like to start the season a little earlier, but we like to get all of our college kids involved without missing any games. That’s why we usually begin play Memorial Day weekend.

“We shoot for a 14 to 15 game schedule for each team followed by playoffs. We play a good brand of competitive baseball and these teams only look to win. There is an instructional and teaching component for our younger players.”

Managers in the league include Chaz Ehnot, Mark Simko, Tyler Chulvick, Bobby Best, John Grandquist and Kevin Sompel. Most of the managers serve as player-coaches to some degree. Some more than others.

“I get into some of the games if I need to,” said Chaz Ehnot. “But I don’t like to take at bats away from my players at this point. So I stand back and coach and manage. And I love doing that.

“This league has come a long way. We went from three teams to six and are hopeful of having eight this season. We’ve made real good strides. I’m proud of how we’ve done things here. We play competitive baseball. These guys want to win.

“The Dunmore Freedom League is here for good and I’m proud to be a part of it. There is an instructional element and the younger guys learn from the older guys. We would like to add more competitive players. Feel free to call us. We can’t wait to start the season.”

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McGinty’s Wins Second Straight Dunmore Freedom League Title

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By Steve Svetovich

Finishing the season on a strong note, McGinty’s won its second straight Dunmore Freedom Baseball League title at Sherwood Park last month.

Managed by Tyler Chulvick, McGinty’s won four of its final five games, including three consecutive playoff wins, en route to an 8-5 record and second straight title.

A confident and aggressive group, McGinty’s beat Dunmore, 13-1, before taking two games from Varsity Pitt Stop, 4-2 and 7-4, at West Scranton’s Battaglia Field and then at Dunmore’s Sherwood Park, to earn the title.

Charlie Ehnot is president of the Dunmore Freedom League at Dunmore’s Sherwood Park.

Team members for McGinty’s include player-manager Chulvick, Dan Capwell, Alex Terrery, Bill Keating, James Cole, Robert Seprish, Zach Foley-McGinty, Tony Ricci, Justin Haddix, David Chromey, Corey Sullivan, Charlie Terrery and Riley Sullivan.

Charlie and Alex Terrery are father and son. Charlie Terrery is the oldest player in the league at 58. His son, a Penn State graduate, is 25.

David Chromey, who played baseball at the University of Scranton, won the first playoff game with a complete game and eight strikeouts.

A four run first inning and a pair of two run doubles by Capwell and Justin Magisero started a four run outburst in the first inning for McGinty’s. Chromey dominated with his pitching throughout the contest, surrendering only one run on a solo homer to Dunmore center fielder Dylan Svetovich in the final inning.

Haddix, who pitches for Marywood University, fired a complete game with seven strikeouts in the 4-2 playoff win over Varsity Pitt Stop at West Scranton’s Battaglia Field. Alex Terrery and Capwell both homered in the win.

Chromey pitched a complete game and struck out six to win, 7-4, in the championship clincher. McGinty’s was down 3-0 in the game, but came back to win. Bill Keating had the go ahead hit in the fifth inning.

“We struggled in the early part of the season,” said Chulvick. “We were 4-4, but won four of our last five games to win the title for a second straight year. We came on at the end and finished strong. It was exactly the same way we did it last year.

“We have a great group of guys here. They are fun to be around. They love to play the game and have fun doing it. And that’s what it is all about.

“I thought it was monumental the way we won the championship last year. But winning two in a row is awesome. It is just an awesome group of guys on the team.

“I have to say that Charlie Terrery keeps us all focused, motivated and especially in line. He help us play together as a team. He means as much to us from that stand

point as he does for his offensive contributions.

“And Charlie can still hit at 58. He is still out there competing with the younger guys. I would love to be out there someday playing at 58 like him.”

Alex Terrery led the team in homers with four and also batted over .400.

“It was quite a team effort,” said Chulvick. “Our team already can’t wait for next year to get started. We just love to play.”

5th Annual Dunmore Summer Festival Set for August 17th through 19th

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The 5th annual Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park will be held Thursday August 17 through Saturday August 19. Shown in photo are officers and members of the Sherwood Youth Association at last year’s festival.

By Emily Fedor

For months, members of the Sherwood Youth Association have been preparing for the 5th annual Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park, and finally party time is right around the corner. This year, the festivities will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. on August 17 and 18, and from 4 to 11 p.m. on August 19.

The festival got its start when the borough of Dunmore celebrated its Sesquicentennial back in the summer of 2012. Ever since, the annual event has become a tradition for many in little old Bucktown a tradition filled with good food and good friends. And the cherry on top is that all that fun benefits a wonderful cause.

“The park’s mission is, and always has been, to keep the children playing,” said Sherwood Youth President Matt Fedor. “The proceeds from the festival will be used to upkeep and improve the park’s facilities.”

Every year, it seems more folks come out to catch up with friends and enjoy a bite to eat. The festival hosts a wide array of vendors, who offer all kinds of sweet, spicy and savory foods.

Villa Maria Restaurant has been a part of the summer festival since it first began five years ago. The American-Italian style eatery is based on Washburn Street in West Scranton, but the business first got its start in little old Dunmore back in 1982.  

Owner Joe Macciocco says he likes coming back to Bucktown each year to pay a visit to those who have helped make his business a success.

“It’s phenomenal. It’s a great time of the year. They raise money for the park, and there’s something for everybody,” said Macciocco.

Members of the Sherwood Youth Association also man a stand, from which they serve up beverages, potato pancakes, wimpies, pizza fritte, fresh-cut french fries, clams and more.

This year, homemade hot wing bites will also be on their menu.

“The success of the festival and the continued improvements at the park would not be possible without the association’s hard-working and faithful members, said Fedor.”  

Members of Keystone UNICO, the Dunmore High School Crimson Company and other non-profit organizations will also be part of the festival.

Another big part of the annual event is the musical entertainment. This year’s line-up features two new-comers and one returning act, who will take the stage at 7 p.m. each night.

Tony Bouselli, Mike Bertha and Dave Arneli make up the band known as Take 3. Together, the rock and roll trio will open the festival on Thursday, August 17.

On Friday, August 18, the Luongo Brothers Band will take the Show Mobile stage. The band features Pat and Nick Luongo, who are founding members of another area band called The Poets, as well as Alan Shields and Rich Marmo. They play a variety of hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

The Fabulous Fortunes will return to the Dunmore Summer Festival for the fifth year to close out the festival on Saturday, August 19. The rock group has been performing for decades in Dunmore and beyond.

The Dunmore High School cheerleaders and marching units will also make an appearance at the festival on Friday, and gymnasts with the United Sports Academy will perform Saturday.

“There will also be a bounce house, horseback riding, face painting and lots of games for the kids,” said Fedor. “We hope the community comes out to support our festival and the park.”

Former Dunmore Pitcher Marc Perry is a “Baseball Lifer”

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By Steve Svetovich

Some ball players never want to take the uniform off. Take Marc Perry, for instance.

Perry was in the Dunmore High School baseball program for four years as a pitcher and then went on to pitch three more seasons for Wilkes University, and he’s not done yet.

That’s because Perry considers himself a baseball lifer.

“I love the game of baseball and want to play as long as I can.”

And that he has been doing. The hard throwing right hander pitched for the past three years in the summer Dunmore Freedom League at Sherwood Park. He also pitches for the Electric City Bootleggers in the Pocono Valley League.

In a recent game with the Bootleggers, he had a no hitter going until it was broken up with two outs in the fifth inning. He ended up giving up only two hits in six innings. It was a strong effort despite a loss.

Son of Ron and Stephanie Perry, Dunmore, Marc, 24, graduated from Dunmore High School in 2011. He played two seasons of junior varsity and two years of varsity baseball at Dunmore. His varsity baseball coach was Mark Finan.

Perry, who has a quiet confidence, went on to Wilkes University where he graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Marketing. He pitched for Wilkes in his freshman, sophomore and junior years. He was coached by Matthew Hollod in his final two seasons.

Perry said he was highly impressed by a pitching coach, Tyler Shepple, he had in his sophomore year at Wilkes. Shepple was once drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers. “He taught me a lot about pitching mechanics and motion. He helped to improve my velocity. I was able to throw harder and be much more competitive. He was also better at calling my pitches than any coach I ever had. I have to give him a lot of credit for teaching me a lot about pitching.”

Perry, hard working and humble, also gave credit to Mike Guy, his coach for the Scranton Miners travel team. Perry is also a graduate of the Dunmore American Legion baseball program.

Perry currently works for Maximum Federal Services in Pittston. He processes health insurance appeals for the Affordable Health Care Act.

The baseball lifer said he owes a lot to his parents. “My parents taught me to be humble and respectful. They taught me to respect the game of baseball. They taught me to be a good person. They really taught me everything I know.”

The Dunmore graduate talked about his future.

“Right now, I enjoy my work. I would eventually like to move to Philadelphia and be with a company where I can grow and advance my career.

“I enjoy playing baseball and love to compete. I will continue playing baseball in the summer for as long as I can. Right now, I play in the two summer leagues. I love it too much to ever quit. I can’t imagine not playing. I’ll go as long as I can. I just love the game.”