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June 26, 2013

H.S. baseball: Dunn honored for breaking Shikellamy batting record

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"Forty-seven years is a long time," said Reed, sales manager at Blaise Alexander Cadillac. "I said, Is anyone doing anything about it because i'd certainly like to. Travis found the bats, and we (Alexander's) donated the money. I thought it was a good thing for (Dunn). I've never seen a kid work harder."

Dunn's father, John, currently a Shikellamy assistant coach, was a high school standout at Shamokin in the mid-80s, batting .444 overall (.478 in the Schuylkill League) as a senior. He shook his head and offered a shrug when asked about his son's sophomore-season achievement.

"I was surprised. I didn't expect the success to come this fast, and I think we were all a little surprised at the high average this year," he said. "It's a lot of God-given ability and just a lot of hard work. He's constantly hitting. We put a cage up in our yard a couple years ago and he's always out there. He does a lot of extra work ... and he'll hit until he feels like he had a good round."

In addition to collecting 31 hits in 57 at-bats, Dunn had a team-high 19 RBIs and was one run shy of the team lead with 17. His eight doubles and two home runs led the 8-12 Braves.

"I keep the same approach every at-bat: try to hit it hard and get a hit," he said. "I just took it game by game."

Dunn had multiple hits in half his games, including four games with three knocks. He went hitless just three times.

"Hitting over .500? That's pretty incredible, especially as a sophomore," said Reed.

Weir's senior season was the year before Bob Lagerman took over as the Braves head coach. Lagerman coached 28 years, through Reed's senior season, and Weir was his assistant for 14 of them (1975-88). He saw a slew of strong hitters, enough to believe his mark had long since been topped.

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