Tunkhannock baseball player Connor Munley has been having a stellar senior season. He leads the team in triples and RBIs, and is top three in all offensive stat categories. He is also 3-1 for the season on the mound, hurling 28 strikeouts. On Thursday against Nanticoke, he pitched a one-hitter. In recognition of his achievements, Munley has been named the Wyoming County Press Examiner’s Athlete of the Week.
Grade, age, hometown: Senior, 18, Tunkhannock
Family: Father Jason, mother Laura, brothers Ethan (16) and Patrick (12)
Other baseball positions: Centerfield
Other sports I play: Football and wrestling
Athletes I admire: Chase Utley and Bryce Harper
Favorite Movie: “The Shawshank Redemption”
Favorite TV show: “Rick and Morty”
Favorite Food: Chili
Favorite Band/Artist: Drake
Favorite school subject: Speech and Debate with Mrs. Burke
Three people I’d like to have dinner with, dead or alive: Bryce Harper, Chase Utley and Aaron Judge
Biggest Role Model: My dad because he’s always there cheering me on.
Post-graduation plans: I am going to Indiana University of Pennsylvania to study physical education. I am going to try to walk onto the baseball team.
Superstitions or rituals: I always put my necklace in my right shoe before I play.
When did you start organized baseball? First grade
Do you play baseball outside of the normal school season? Yes, I play Legion ball with Coach Zaner.
Favorite school/field to compete at and why? Berwick because it is all turf and really nice.
What number do you wear? #11
Why? There really isn’t a special reason, I’ve just always worn it. I got it in high school.
What is your favorite sport to watch? NFL football
Favorite Pro team? Philadelphia Eagles
What is your favorite sports memory? Playing at PNC park in my freshman year.
You have been consistent all season, carrying a .371 average. What’s the secret? I don’t know. I just wait for my pitch and swing and see where it goes. I’m not focused on my stats.
Where are you more confident- at the plate or on the mound? Recently it has been at the plate. I feel confident whereever though. I just do my thing, relax, and everything has been alright.
What can you share about your leadership on the team? I try to get along with everybody. The younger kids here have a decent future in the program if they stick with it. There is a good amount of baseball knowledge, it’s fun to be around.
How do you prepare for your opponents? I pick them up in pregame. I watch their infield/outfield, their hitting- I watch to see who performs and go from there.
The Tigers ended a three game slide with you on the mound Thursday. Were there any extra pressures? No. I wasn’t thinking about any of that. I just was trying to do my best for the team.
What are your goals for the rest of the season? To get back to PNC and to have fun with my friends on the team.