By Scott Dudinskie
The Daily Item
If he had his druthers, Nick Dunn would have opted for something far less ceremonial. An appreciative nod and a firm handshake, perhaps.
Instead, he was summoned to the area between the pitcher's mound and home plate at Pineknotter Park prior to Wednesday's American Legion baseball game between Sunbury/Northumberland and Line Mountain.
There, all eyes focused on the Shikellamy rising junior and several men who gathered for a presentation. Dunn stood stiffly, like a toddler in an Easter Sunday suit, while Sunbury/Norry Legion rep Dick Simpson emceed the brief award ceremony.
"I just like to be humble about stuff," Dunn explained. "It's nice to be noticed, but it's just kind of how I am."
Of course, it's difficult to avoid being the center of attention when you do something that draws so much.
Dunn broke Shikellamy's single-season batting record this past high school season, shattering a mark that stood for nearly a half-century.
He hit .544 over 20 games to eclipse the .523 posted by Dennis Weir in 1966, Shikellamy High's first year of existence following the merger of the Sunbury and Northumberland school districts.
During Wednesday's ceremony, Weir, and Dunn were each presented a silver commemorative bat emblazoned with the particulars of their individual achievements.
"I didn't expect anything of it other than to meet Nick," said Weir, a Braves senior third baseman and team captain in '66. "It's very nice."
There's a chance nothing would have come of it had Mike Reed not heard of the record from friend and Sunbury/Northumberland Legion manager Travis Fisher.
Reed, a catcher and team captain on Shikellamy's '94 league championship team, was spurred to action by the "perfect situation" of his neighbor (Dunn) breaking the long-standing record of his former junior varsity coach (Weir).