Athlete of the Month: Alex Terrery

Athlete of the Month - Alex TerreryBy Steve Svetovich

McGinty’s has been in the Dunmore Freedom League championship for two consecutive years and one of the big reasons why is Dunmore and Penn State graduate Alex Terrery.

Terrery, who received a B.S. in Information Technology and Sciences in 2016 from Penn State, is a shortstop-pitcher for McGinty’s.

Son of Charlie and Faith Terrery, Dunmore, he played four years of baseball at Dunmore High School where he was a pitcher-first baseman and all-star in his senior year. He played three years of baseball at Penn State Worthington as a pitcher-shortstop. He was named to the all-star team as a shortstop in his junior year there.

His dad at 58 is in his second year playing in the Dunmore Freedom League. The oldest player in the league, he is Alex’s teammate.

“Playing with my dad is a lot of fun,” Alex said. “He is living his dream. I never thought he would be playing at 58, but he is hitting the ball.”

Alex has been working for the past year at TMG Health, Jessup, where he is a production coordinator. “I love it. I work on computers. I do computer information technology work.”

His baseball coach at Dunmore was Mark Finan. “He is a great guy. He’s a tremendous baseball coach. I learned a lot from him. He teaches you to be a team player. That is what it’s all about.”

His coaches at Penn State were Steve Plevyak and James McAndrew. “I played under coach McAndrew with the Diamond Dogs fall team for a couple years in junior high and high school. He taught me a lot about baseball. I love him as a coach. I learned the most from him over the years.”

Alex said his mom and dad have been huge influences.

“They made me what I am today. They taught me respect. They taught me to respect everyone, especially your elders. I can go to them for anything.”

The baseball lifer said he loved Dunmore High School. “It’s a great school with great people. We had a great principal in Mr. Forgione. The school teaches kids to respect everyone. It’s not all about winning, but having fun and treating your coaches, teammates and opponents with respect.

“People who live in Dunmore never want to leave.”

Alex has a bright future ahead. “Playing in the Dunmore Freedom League the past four years has been a blast. It is the only competitive baseball league I can still play in, so I will go as long as I can. I love playing baseball.

“As for work, I love what I do. I love Dunmore, but will go where the job takes me. I want to,live a normal life and raise a family someday.”

 

McGinty’s resilient in capturing Dunmore Freedom League title

Athletes of the Month- Freedom League Champions

By Steve Svetovich

McGinty’s, managed by former Dunmore baseball player Tyler Chulvick, fought against the odds to earn the Dunmore Freedom League baseball title after entering the playoffs as the number four seed.

McGinty’s finished 5-5 during the regular season. The Dunmore Freedom League at Sherwood Park is run by Charlie Ehnot.

There were six teams in the Dunmore Freedom League this summer.

McGinty’s entered the playoffs as the number four seed against Prep.

McGinty’s beat Prep, 5-4, in extra innings. Robert Seprish pitched the first six innings and Dave Chromey, who plays for the University of Scranton, pitched the final three to gain the win in the nine-inning contest.

Danny Capwell, a West Scranton graduate and third baseman, singled to right to score Zach Foley-McGinty to win the game as McGinty’s advanced to play Dunmore, the number one seed at 9-2.

Alex Terrery, who played baseball for Dunmore and Penn State Worthington, fired a complete game while striking out 10 in a 6-3 win to upset Dunmore, coached by veteran Mark Simko. Tony Ricci, a Scranton Prep graduate, hit a double for McGinty’s in the win.

McGinty’s then entered the finals of the playoffs in a best of three series against a team called Best.

The finals were played at West Scranton’s Battaglia Field.

Riley Sullivan, who played baseball at Dunmore, hurled two shutouts in one day to defeat Best, 11-0 and 3-0. The first game went five innings with McGinty’s winning 11-0 due to the 10-run rule. Sullivan, with his rubber arm, pitched a complete game seven-inning shutout, 3-0, in the second contest as McGinty’s advanced.

Sullivan struck out 11 batters in each game. He walked only one batter in the two games combined while giving up only one hit in the first game and two hits in the second contest. He totaled 22 strikeouts while walking only one in the two wins.

“An amazing pitching performance all in one day,” said Chulvick, a player-manager.

Capwell, who coaches the West Scranton senior American Legion team, had two hits, including a two-run double in the first contest. Terrery, whose dad Charlie is also a key member of the team, had two hits. Justin Magistro also had two hits for McGinty’s.

McGinty’s scored the three runs on just four hits in the second contest. Capwell, who played baseball at Marywood University, hit a two-run single in the first and scored on a passed ball in the sixth.

And McGinty’s, a resilient club, became the 2016 Dunmore Freedom League champions.

“This is one of the most enjoyable teams I ever coached or played with,” said Chulvick, a senior at Keystone who also coaches junior high baseball at Old Forge High School.

“It is simply one of the most fun and enjoyable teams I was ever associated with.

“And personally, it was my first championship at any level. I had never won a championship before, so it was a great experience.

“Our team never wavered entering the playoffs as the number four seed and coming together as a team at the end to win a championship. It is absolutely incredible how we came together at the end and picked up big wins. It’s a great group of guys.”

Like Father Like Son

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By Steve Svetovich

Baseball is life.

And Dunmore’s Charlie Terrery and his son Alex are living it in the Dunmore Freedom League at Sherwood Park.

Alex, a Dunmore High School and Penn State graduate, grew up in Dunmore learning about the game of baseball from his dad who mentored and coached him.

Never did Alex ever think he would get to play with him.

But in this “Field of Dreams” at Dunmore’s Sherwood Park, that is exactly what this father and son are doing this summer.

This father and son duo are doing their own rendition of Ken Griffey, Sr. and Ken Griffey, Jr. who once hit back-to-back homers while playing in the same outfield for the Seattle Mariners.

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Charlie Terrery is show in the 1981 photo of the Ohio Northern University baseball team.

Charlie Terrery, 57, a pharmacist at Gino Merli Veterans Center, Scranton, is playing competitive baseball this summer with his son Alex, 24, in the Dunmore Freedom League. Charlie is more than 20 years older than the league’s next oldest player. Most of the players are between 18 and 30.

Still, Charlie has been able to compete at a high level and is closing in on 10 hits for the season after two recent 2-hit games in which he drove in three runs. He has been playing first base and DH.

He made sure he was in shape for the season and did not want to embarrass anyone. He wanted to compete with players 20, 30, and even 40 years younger.

“This has been great,” said his son Alex who played four years of baseball at Dunmore and four more at Penn State Worthington. My dad taught me everything about baseball since I was a small child. To see him doing it on the field and playing with me is icing on the cake.

“And he has played quite well. At first I just told him not to get hurt. But he has been very competitive. He hits the ball almost all the time. He rarely strikes out. He fields the ball clean.

“This has been a really fun time. He loves it. I think he is coming back next year. He is having a blast.”

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Alex Terrery is shown here playing with the Penn State Worthington baseball team.

Alex, a 2011 graduate of Dunmore, was a first team all-star first baseman in his senior year. He was a second team all-star as a junior. He led his conference in hitting and gained all-star status as a junior at Penn State Worthington. He was a pitcher-catcher-shortstop-first baseman at Penn State.

Alex graduated from Penn State in 2016 with a B.S. in Information Technology and minor in Security Risk Analysis. He currently works as a computer analyst at TMG Health Care, Jessup.

Charlie is a 1977 graduate of Dunmore High School where he played four years of baseball as a center fielder.

He went on to play three more years of baseball at Ohio Northern University where he earned his Pharmacy degree. He was an outfielder-catcher there.

Charlie also teaches Advanced Pharmacology at the University of Scranton and University of Binghamton at SUNY.

Charlie played 20 years of modified softball in local leagues. He coached both of his sons, Alex and Jason, in Dunmore baseball leagues from T-Ball to Little League through American Legion. He was proud to watch his son Jason play in the state title game for Dunmore’s football team in 2007.

Charlie and his son Alex play for McGuinty’s in the Dunmore Freedom League.

He started thinking about playing again last summer while watching Alex play in the league.

“I thought I was still in pretty good shape to compete,” he said. “And I don’t like sitting. So I decided to give it a shot this year. So far it has worked out.

“My reaction time is a little slower and my legs are slower, but I can still compete.

“Alex was supportive and comfortable with it. I coached him from T-Ball right through Legion, so it has been great playing with him. My wife Faith has been supportive.

“I’m not embarrassing Alex, because I’m still hitting the ball and making the plays.

“It feels great to play baseball again. I always loved the game. I’m very comfortable on the field.

“And I will play again next year if I am healthy and can still compete.”