Derek Cunius leads potent offense for Greater Pittston Junior Legion team

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch

The hot hitting of Derek Cunius has helped make Greater Pittston the second-highest scoring team in the Wyoming Valley Junior American Legion Baseball League.

Cunius is 14-for-24 for a .583 batting average and has been on base in 25 of 37 plate appearances. The rising junior at Pittston Area has scored 11 times and driven in eight runs. He has drawn six walks while striking out once.

Greater Pittston is 5-4 and in fourth place in the ninth-team Junior Legion league.

Cunius made an impact right from the start.

Greater Pittston edged Back Mountain, 6-5, in the May 31 opener when Cunius went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs.

Steve Sciandra added two hits, a walk and a run scored.

Jeremy Lavelle struck out seven and did not allow an earned run while allowing just one hit and one walk in 4 1/3 innings.

Greater Pittston won again the next day, 10-3, when Cunius went 3-for-5 with a double, RBI and run.

Sciandra was 3-for-4 with a run and RBI. Lavelle added a single, double, two RBI and two runs.

Adam Felinski struck out five and did not walk a batter in five innings.

It took Swoyersville eight innings to hand Greater Pittston its first loss, 4-3, June 4.

Lavelle went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Adam Wisnewski drew three walks and scored twice in the loss.

Greater Pittston was hurt by five errors in the game.

Cunius had the team’s only hit in a 4-2 loss at Nanticoke, 4-2.

Greater Pittston got back on the winning track June 7 with a 13-8 win at Mountain Post.

Cunius was the winning pitcher and went 2-for-3 while being hit by two pitches, scoring twice and driving in two runs.

Josh Baiera drove in three runs and scored twice on two hits.

Cunius had his third three-hit game in an 11-5 win over Tunkhannock June 12. He also walked, scored and drove in a run to help back Felinski, the winning pitcher.

Swoyersville defeated Greater Pittston, 11-5, June 14.

Wisnewski went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the loss. Evan Melberger was 1-for-1 with two walks and two RBI.

Greater Pittston shut out Plains, 12-0, Monday.

Cunius again had three hits. He was 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBI.

Melberger had two hits and two RBI. Sciandra was 2-for-2 with a walk and a run.

Stars & Stripes from Hazleton beat Greater Pittston, 9-1, Thursday.

Max Rosen, who drove in the team’s only run, and Wisnewski each had hits.

Plains lost at Swoyersville, 19-8, Thursday to fall to 1-9.

The Greater Pittston Senior Legion team won three straight to improve to 4-2 before taking a break from June 14 until June 22. That game started a stretch of five games in eight days, capped by Friday night’s game against host Plains at Hilldale Field.

Plains is 0-7.

By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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