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.”

Dunmore grad overcomes injury to hit homer for daughter

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By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore graduate Chris Rinaldi knows how to rise to the occasion.

Rinaldi, a catcher, led the league in homers and RBIs as a senior in high school and hit 20 homers in two seasons at Penn State Worthington, but nothing was more special than the home run he hit for his daughter a week before last Father’s Day at Sherwood Park.

Son of Mike and Michelle Rinaldi, Dunmore, Chris is married to the former Cassie Suriano, a North Pocono graduate. The couple has a one-year-old daughter, Skylar.

Chris played four years of baseball and basketball and one year of football at Dunmore.

He was an all-star catcher in his junior season.

However, he really put it together his senior year when he hit .489 and led the league in hits (30), homers (6) and RBIs (27). He was named an all-star and all-regional catcher.

Then came the two seasons at Penn State in Dunmore where he hit 20 homers.

He continued his baseball career for several seasons in the Collegiate Summer Baseball League (CSBL), now called the Dunmore Freedom League.

In the meantime, Chris continued his academic career at Lackawanna College, where he graduated from the police training academy in 2011.

He was working for the Lackawanna County Sheriff’s office SWAT team in Old Forge a couple years ago when he suffered a head injury while serving a warrant. He hit his head on the concrete after he fell during the incident. The fall resulted in a concussion, seizure and brain bleed.

rinaldi and daughterThe injury took Chris away from police work, and he took some time off from playing baseball.

During that time, his daughter was born.

Chris decided to come back to baseball this summer—rejoining the Dunmore Freedom League. He is also looking to go on in college, possibly to pursue an advanced degree in counseling or psychology. His head injury may prevent him from returning to police work.

Returning to the baseball field for his first game in three years, he was a little jittery.

With his wife, daughter and mom on hand to watch, he walked in his first at bat.

Then came the second at bat which resulted in a blast to deep left field and out into the concrete area close to the basketball courts. A home run. His daughter gazed with excitement.

“That was a whole different thing for me,” Chris said. “Hitting my first homer coming back was great, but doing it as a father made it much more special.

“It was the greatest moment of my life.

“To see my daughter smile was the best. She was smiling ear to ear. Our team made sure she got the ball to keep forever. And it happened a week before Father’s Day.”

Chris went on to hit two singles to finish 3-for-3 in Dunmore’s 6-4 loss to Best.

He went 3-for-4 in Dunmore’s 14-4 win over Prep in the second game. The bulky bearded receiver hit two doubles and a single. He went 1-for-4 in the next game, a 1-0 loss to McGintty’s.

Chris, who was a basketball captain in his senior year at Dunmore, hit two doubles and went 2-for-4 in the fourth game, an 8-7 extra innings win over Old Forge.

rinaldiChris batted .475 in his two seasons at Penn State playing under coach Paul Boccado.

“This is the first time I felt healthy in over two years,” he said. “My wife convinced me to come back and play at Sherwood Park. She thought it would be nice to play in front of my daughter. I got the itch to play, missed the sport and decided to come back to the Dunmore team here at Sherwood Park.”

Chris, a genuine family man, said he enjoyed his years at Dunmore High School playing under veteran baseball coach Gino Tempesta. “I was lucky to get a lot of individual awards, but no championships. I especially loved being with all the guys and playing for Gino Tempesta. I made life lasting friendships. It was a pleasure and blessing to play for coach Tempesta. I loved being on his squad. He is a student of the game.”

Besides his daughter seeing him hit a homer for the first time, Chris enjoyed another first last month. He had the opportunity to catch for his younger brother Corey, 20, the starting pitcher in the team’s win over Old Forge. “It was real cool to have him pitching to me. It was a real great. It was the first time we were on a baseball field together in a real game. It was a lot of fun.”

It’s all about family and baseball now for Chris.

“Right now I am looking to get into a new career. And I will pursue another college degree. I will play baseball as long as I can. I’ll play until my knees go. And I”ll surely enjoy seeing my wife and little daughter at all the games.”

Catching prospect Gary Sanchez working hard for future

By Steve Svetovich

Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders catcher Gary Sanchez is a part of the New York Yankees future. That’s a given.

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And with two hit-less at bats in 2015 and four hitless at bats with the parent club this season, all Sanchez can continue to do is work hard as he awaits another opportunity.

With current New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann signed for three more years, he realizes his opportunity to start for the Yankees could take a few years, but he does envision becoming a part of the parent club in time.

Patience is a virtue, and Sanchez has patience.

During a personal interview through an interpreter with The Dunmorean in the RailRiders clubhouse following a 1-0 win over Toledo, he showed his positive attitude.

“I want to continue to work hard, stay positive and do my job,” he said.

“When my opportunity comes with the big league club in New York, I will take it.

“In the meantime, I really don’t think about it. I just continue to work hard to be a better catcher and hitter. I try to focus on working with the pitchers.”

Sanchez, who does not speak English, had just caught Chad Green for most of the 1-0 win, a contest in which Yankees star first baseman Mark Teixeira played as a DH in a rehab assignment.

“Green was able to command his pitches. He had great control and was able to locate his pitches where he wanted to. Our relief pitching did the same. The location of pitches was great tonight.”

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Photo Credit: Scranton Times Tribune

The rising star, born in Santo Domingo of the Dominican Republic, said it was a real treat to play with Teixeira who has 397 career big league home runs.

“Playing with Tex was really good,” he said. “We were able to see how he takes care of himself and goes about his routine. It was great to see his work ethic. He was a good influence on us. The players were watching to see how he does things. It was great to have him with us. He is a real good guy.”

Sanchez, 23, said he will continue to focus on the present. “The future will take care of itself if I work hard.”

Green commented in a post game interview how great he felt on the mound and how nice it was to have Sanchez as his receiver throughout the game. “It was good having Sanchez there.”

Sanchez batted .295 with six homers and 25 RBIs in 35 games with the RailRiders last season.

He started the 2015 baseball season with AA Trenton where he batted .262 with 12 homers, 35 RBIs and 50 runs scored in 56 games.

Sanchez, who bats and throws right, was signed by the Yankees as an international free agent June 20, 2009. He was signed for $2.5 million.

Prior to the 2010 season, Baseball America ranked him as the Yankees seventh best prospect.

He began his professional baseball career playing in the Gulf Coast League.

On August 18, 2010, he was promoted to the Staten Island Yankees of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League. He hit an impressive .329 with eight homers and 43 RBIs in 47 games.

Prior to 2011, he was ranked as the second best Yankees prospect and 30th overall by Baseball America.

He played for the Charleston RiverDogs of the Class A South Atlantic League in 2011. He played in 82 games before a finger injury ended his season. Still, he hit .256 with 17 homers and 52 RBIs.

He began the 2012 season with Charleston before being promoted to the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League.

He began the 2013 season in Tampa where he hit .254 with 13 homers and 61 RBIs. Then came the promotion to the Trenton Thunder of the Class AA Eastern League Aug. 3, 2013.

He began the 2015 season with Trenton, played in the All Star Futures Game and then was promoted to the RailRiders where he homered in his first at bat.

Following the RailRiders 2015 season, he was promoted to the parent club where he made his MLB debut as a pinch hitter Oct. 3, 2015. He was included on the Yankees 25-man roster for the AL Wild Card game.

Following the 2015 season, he played in the Arizona Fall League. He was named the Fall Stars Game MVP.. He was named the second best prospect in the Arizona Fall League by Baseball America.

He challenged for a backup catching spot on the Yankees roster in the spring before losing out to veteran Austine Romine.

Still, the future is very bright for the young catching prospect.

He was batting .275 with seven homers and 30 RBIs this season at press time.

With a little more hard work, the bright lights of New York are on the horizon.