Local American Legion Baseball players honored with memorial awards
Shane Rivenburgh spent a number of his summers representing Carbondale/ Lakeland Post 221 on the American Legion baseball diamond.
When he lost his life in a motorcycle accident, his Lakeland High School community and the Post 221 program lost a great friend, teammate and person.
He was a standout on the diamond having moved onto Lackawanna College as a key member of their Falcons program.
Post 221 and the respective namesake of the legion program, Carbondale/Lakeland, presented the Shane Rivenburgh award to team member, Jordan Art.
Meanwhile, Brad Richards and Carbondale's Dom Gigliotti were presented with the Rivenburgh Award given to a Lakeland and Carbondale Area baseball player.
One of the top Post 221 performers over the last few years, Art will be attending Hartford College and will be playing baseball.
During his career at Lakeland, Art was a part of a pitching staff that fueled the Chiefs to post season action in each of the last few seasons.
"Shane was a great teammate and leader," said Art. "I learned so much from him."
In looking back at his own high school days, He noted: "My most memorable baseball highlight was probably knocking in the go-ahead run in a district playoff win."
Brad Richards, another key member of the Chiefs pitching staff and Post 221 mound performers, is heading to a Penn State satellite campus to start his college life.
In recent action, Richards picked up a huge win in a playoff-implications battle with Moscow which he recorded nine K's.
"My most memorable moment was my no-hitter in the playoffs," offered Richards.
On thoughts about Rivenburgh, he noted: "Shane was a great guy who showed us younger guys by example. He worked hard every day."
Dom Gigliotti's bat has come alive during legion play including a 4-4 effort with four RBI's in a big win over Moscow.
While Gigliotti wasn't a Rivenburgh teammate, the CA grad knew of Rivenburgh's diamond successes.
"To get Shane's award was an honor for me," said Gigliotti. "He was respected and a great guy."
Gigliotti has played a key role in the legion's success but admits his best memorable moment is a gridiron memory.
"I'll never forget my first football varsity start as a freshman," said Gigliotti. That year, he played a key role in CA's 9-2 record that included four straight shutouts to start the season.
Post 221 stumbled in its last two games played on the holiday and needed a win by Abington the next day (Wednesday) to make the opening round one-game playoff which started yesterday (Thursday).