Former Dunmore Pitcher Marc Perry is a “Baseball Lifer”

Marc Perry photo

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.”

Athlete of the Month: Jordan White

jordan whiteBy Steve Svetovich

It’s not easy to be a scholar-athlete at a high level.

Scranton Prep senior right handed pitcher Jordan White has no problem showing how it’s done.

Son of Don and Judy White, Dunmore, Jordan, 18, has a highly impressive 3.8 academic average while fashioning a 4-3 record and sparkling 1.25 ERA on the mound for the Scranton Prep baseball team.

Jordan will be attending a Penn State University Worthington campus in Dunmore in the fall where he may study education and pre law in hopes of entering the field of law as a state policeman or attorney.

He helped his team to a 6-6 record this season under coach Mark Seitzinger.

Prep lost in the opening round of the playoffs to Berwick, 7-3.

Jordan, who played four years of baseball at Prep, finished the season with 40 innings pitched, 38 strikeouts and only 22 hits and eight walks allowed. He pitched a one-hit complete game shutout against Valley View, striking out 10. He fired a four- hit complete game shutout against Abington Heights, striking out six.

Well rounded as a student-athlete, he is a member of student council, the Scranton Prep players group, the mock trial group, the national honor society and director of the annual student retreats.

“I love it at Scranton Prep,” he said. “I love the whole concept of a Jesuit education and existing for other people. That has led me towards law. The service to others aspect gave me a whole new point of view.”

Well spoken and polite, Jordan said he learned three major things about pitching from Joe Ross, his former Scranton Prep varsity coach. “He coached me for two seasons,” said Jordan. “He taught me three things I will never forget. Work fast, throw strikes and change speeds. Those three things I will take with me for the rest of my life.”

Jordan also had high praise for Tony Cimino, his junior varsity baseball coach at Scranton Prep. “He told me to never give up and that you always have to be a team player. He said it’s not about you. You can control only what you can control. He was great as a coach.”

Jordan said his team had a lot of chemistry this season. “This team had a lot of talent and we grew a lot as a team. The defense is the best in the league and is one of the big reasons I had a good year pitching.

“There is an awful lot of character on this team at Prep.”

Jordan played Teener League baseball at West Scranton and American Legion baseball for Dickson City. “I had great experiences,” he said.

Jordan said he likes listening to music in his spare time and particularly enjoys Mumford and Sons.

He talked about his future goals. “I want to go into the field of law and become a state policeman or attorney. I would like to coach baseball someday. I am a huge baseball fan.”

And he has much gratitude for his parents.

“My parents always told me everyone is good at something. You just have to find out what you are good at. They tell me to take advantage of what comes your way in life every single day. And always try to help people. Help them anyway you can.

“My parents helped me a lot after I had my knee surgery in my junior year. I only pitched two games that year prior to the injury, but was able to come back full strength this year. I have to thank my parents a lot for that. They gave me a lot of strength and support.”

Ron and Marilyn Carlonas, Green Ridge, are two of his biggest boosters. “He is just a great kid,” Marilyn Carlonas said.



Dunmorean of the Month: Gary Duncan

Dunmorean of the Month - Gary DuncanBy: Steve Svetovich

For its “Good Works,” the Lackawanna County Commissioners presented Gary Duncan, chairman of the Dunmore Neighborhood Watch program, with a certificate of recognition last month.

The “Good Works” of the Dunmore Neighborhood Crime Watch program serves its community with a dual purpose – safety and education.

Duncan said the organization reports crimes, blight and dangerous areas, which while also alerting residents and watchdogs, tries to be cognizant of abandoned vehicles, vacant homes, graffitti and vandalism.

The group, which meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. In the community room of the Dunmore Community Center, 1414 Monroe Avenue, works in tandem with the Dunmore police department.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Jerry Notarianni, Patrick O’Malley and Laureen A. Cummings presented Duncan with the certificate of recognition.

“I was pleasantly surprised,” Duncan said during an interview with The Dunmorean. “I certainly did not know this was coming. I sincerely appreciated that they took the time to acknowledge our contributions to the Dunmore community.”

Duncan, a Dunmore resident for the past 20 years and an occupational therapist for

Dunmorean of the Month - Neighborhood Watch

Dunmore Neighborhood Watch serves its community with a dual purpose – safety and education. For its “Good Works,” the Lackawanna County Commissioners presented its chairman, Gary Duncan with a certificate of recognition.

Traditional Home Health, Dunmore, established the Dunmore Neighborhood Watch group in 2013. About 30-40 residents attend each monthly meeting. Lackawanna County  Commissioner Laureen Cummings attended the most recent meeting.

“Members of the Dunmore police department, the Lackawanna County Probation and Parole office and Lackawanna County District Attorney’s office have attended every meeting,” Duncan said.

“Our goal is to have a city wide group crime watch, or a summit crime watch right at the Dunmore Community Center. We would like to have all the neighborhood crime watch groups meet for a summit right here in Dunmore. We think that can happen.”

Duncan said there will be a community neighborhood walk June 11 in Dunmore. The group will meet and walk in the neighborhood of Larch Street and Adams Avenue and New York Street in the area of Nina’s Pizza and Restaurant.

“Our motto with the Dunmore Neighborhood Watch,” said Duncan, “is you do have a voice. All our welcome.”

Duncan said he is proud that “all members of our police department have been at every single meeting.”

The energized and enthusiastic Duncan said the group has utilized a host of prominent speakers during its monthly meetings. “And we will continue to do so.”

Dunmorean of the Month - Duncan Family

The Duncan Family shown from left: Lynne, Annie, Gary and Claire.

Duncan, a graduate of Misericordia University, and his wife Lynne, a speech therapist at Allied Services, also volunteer for various community organizations. The couple are proud parents of two daughters: Claire, 19, a sophomore in the English honors program at Immaculata University, and Annie, 23, who last month received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Marywood University.

“We will continue to work hard with the Dunmore Neighborhood Watch program to make the borough safe and to educate our residents. We encourage all to attend our monthly meeting.”

Holy Cross Crusaders Take Home Softball District Championship

Softball - Holy CrossBy Steve Svetovich

A brilliant complete game 4-hit pitching effort by Ashley Walsh and clutch go-ahead hit by Jenna Bradley led the Holy Cross Lady Crusaders to a 3-1 win over Riverside to capture the District 2 Class 2A title Wednesday, May 31 at Penn State Worthington.

Walsh gave up one unearned run, walked two and struck out three in her seven innings of work.

Holy Cross (15-2), coached by Joe Ross, was up 1-0, but the Lady Vikings tied the game in  the top of the sixth. Bradley, a freshman hitting .440, fouled off four straight pitches before smacking a long single to drive in the two go-ahead runs for Holy Cross.

Walsh then pitched a scoreless seventh to secure the 3-1 district title win. Walsh added three hits and scored one of the three Holy Cross runs.

The first run in the contest came in the bottom of the fourth when Holy Cross stalwart catcher Grace Perechinsky walked, took second on a Walsh base hit and scored when an errant throw deflected off the glove of Riverside pitcher Katelyn Weller.

Riverside tied the game in the sixth when Weller’s single was mishandled in the outfield allowing Kristen Lello to score from first.

Walsh’s third hit of the game started the winning rally with two outs in the sixth. Rose

Martillotti fouled off a couple 3-2 pitches before hitting a clutch single.

Shortly after, came Bradley’s big hit which proved to be the game winner.

Holy Cross senior Abby Anderson made a nice running catch in deep centerfield for the first out in the final inning.

Perechinsky went 3- for-3 with two doubles and Walsh drove in three runs to lead the Lady Crusaders to a 5-3 win over Wyoming Seminary in the District 2 Class 2A semifinals Friday, May 26 at St. Anthony’s Playground, Dunmore.

Lauren Torre and Martillotti each had two hits for the Lady Crusaders.

Bradley pitched a complete game striking out nine, walking one and allowing seven hits and one earned run in the win.

Senior standout Anderson had three hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs in the No. 1 Lady Crusaders 12-2 win over Blue Ridge in the District 2 Class 2A quarterfinals Tuesday, May 23 at St. Anthony’s Playground, Dunmore.

Perechinsky had two hits, including a homer.

Bradley had two hits, including a triple, and three RBIs.

Martillotti had three hits, one run and one RBI.

Holy Cross scrappy shortstop Lindsey Leppo had two hits, two runs and one RBI.

Walsh pitched a five inning complete game, allowing two runs, six hits, one walk and striking out three.

Members of the district champion Lady Crusaders include Abby Anderson, Rose Martillotti, Lauren Torre, Ashley Walsh, Amanda Ross, Grace Perechinsky, Hannah Gilhooley, Gianna  Calciano, Allison Pavlowski, Olivia Zehel, Kelsey Hartman, Ally McGee, Jenna Bradley, Lindsey Leppo, Gianna Sachetti and Olivia Krupski.