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.”

Pocono Valley League looking to debut next summer

By Steve Svetovich

marywoodMarywood University graduate Joey Amerosa has a dream.

And he fully expects his dream to become a reality in the summer of 2017.

Amerosa, 26, wants to start a summer wood bat baseball league featuring the best young talent of adults in the Scranton-Wilkes Barre and Pocono Valley region.

Amerosa, a graduate of Pleasant Valley High School who played baseball at Marywood, said everything is in place to start the Pocono Valley League (PVL) in mid to late May of 2017.

Most of the players will be from 18 to 35. Many will be current or ex college players as well as former Independent Ball players and highly talented upperclassmen high school players. Wooden bats will be used. The PVL will be highly competitive with four teams in place to start the 2017 season.

Those four teams are the Pocono Revolution, managed by Amerosa; the Mount Pocono Tribe managed by Mike Sabo and Tyler Burns; the Lackawanna County Bootleggers managed by local product Sal Martarano; and the Electric City Coachmen with the manager to be announced soon.

The Revolution and Tribe will be Pocono based teams with home fields at Mountain View Park and Pocono Mountain West High School. The Coachmen and Bootleggers will be Scranton based teams with home fields possibly at Penn State Worthington and Battaglia in West Scranton. The Scranton home based fields were not officially secured at press time.

Amerosa, who earned a B.S. In criminal justice at Marywood and is in the process of becoming a police officer, said each team in the PVL will play 20-30 games. Three of the top four teams will make the playoffs with the first place team getting a first round bye. The second and third place teams will play a best of three playoff series. The winner will play the first place team in at least a best of five to determine the PVL champion.

The league fee will be $300 for 20-30 games or $200 for 10-15 games. The fee will cover field rentals, liability insurance, baseballs, umpires for all the games and uniforms, jerseys and caps.

“I got the idea of starting this league while playing college baseball in the area and after my independent league experience,” said Amerosa. “I thought why not start a competitive wood bat league with that both current and former players could join and continue to play the game they love through the summer.

image_handler“The ultimate goal of the PVL is to become the most prominent summer wood bat league that caters to local talent in the present and past. And the hope is to possibly send a few out to live their dreams.”t

Amerosa said there should not be a problem if some players play in other summer leagues.

“We know we have some players who have commitments to other teams and we respect that. We expect no conflicts. There is no rule against a player who wants to play in other local leagues.

“And we don’t consider this a semi pro league because no one is paid. And a semi pro league would forfeit college eligibility.”

Talented baseball players ages 18-35 qualify, although there will be exceptions for slightly younger or older players based on skill level.

“Many of our players come from very good division 2 or 3 college baseball programs and some are former minor league pitchers who throw in the low to mid 90s. So you can imagine we want our league to be competitive.

“We are looking for talented college players, ex college players and even talented high school players who want to take it to the next level. We have grabbed the attention of former big leaguer Russ Canzler as well as a few former Independent League coaches.”

Amerosa previously worked out for scouts from the Pittsburgh Pirates and LA Dodgers. He was in ited to workouts with the Baltimore Orioles.

He played for the Grey Harbor Gulls of the Mount Rainer Professional Baseball League and the Waterloo Whiskey Jacks of the East Coast Baseball League. Both independent leagues folded due to financial issues.

Amerosa played for the Rockland Boulders of the Independent CamAm League. He was offered a contract last season to play overseas for the Hanover Regents in a professional league in Germany.

But right now Amerosa is building his dream.

And he hopes if he builds it, they will come.