Legion looking for a sponsor for second team

June 27th, 2015 1:55 am

First Posted: 4/19/2013

There were seasons where the Greater Pittston Legion baseball program scrambled to fill an 18-player senior team roster. Not this season. There are 32 players signed up.

General manager Ron Musto’s not surprised. Having been involved in Little League for seven seasons, he saw the influx of players coming. “I envisioned this problem,” he said.

It’s a problem because, while he has enough players to fill two senior teams, he doesn’t have enough money to run two senior teams. Equipment, league fees, umpires and other costs add up quickly for only one team.

He has three sponsors — Metcalf and Shaver Funeral Home through Joe Kopcza and Herman Chiropractic through former player Jimmy McDermott and Atty. Mike Butera — but could use another.

“I don’t want to have to turn away players and I don’t want to ask parents for $100,” Musto said.

Musto said it would be easier on the field managers to get players in games with two smaller rosters than one larger one.

“We’re a volunteer organization and we’re doing as much as we can.”

Musto has about 10 days to decide if GP will enter one or two senior teams in the Wyoming Valley League, as the league wants to create its schedule for the season, which starts in June.

To help call Musto at 814-9106.