BY JEFF FALK
Conor Bawiec is a hired gun. Sort of – in reverse.
It may be that Bawiec will have a profound effect on Myerstown reaching the Lebanon County American Legion baseball playoffs this summer, but not be able to contribute to his team’s success in the postseason.
Bawiec, who toils for Cedar Crest in the spring, is one of the top baseball talents in Lebanon County. But Baweic is committed to playing ‘travel baseball’ this summer, believing that pursuit will ultimately lead to an opportunity to play college baseball after his graduation from CCHS in 2014.
But when Bawiec has fulfilled his obligations to ‘travel ball’ he has found time to be a contributing member for Myerstown, which is currently in second place in the local summer circuit. Baweic has at least two pitching victories for the Red and White – including an 18-strikeout, two-hit gem against Annville – and hits in the middle of M-town batting order with great proficiency.
Bawiec has also sparkled with his glove at shortstop when he’s been able to attend.
But once the postseason rolls around next month, Bawiec might not be eligible to contribute. A Lebanon County American Legion Baseball League rule states that for a player to be eligible in the playoffs, he must have attended 10 of his team’s 15 regular-season contests.
Some believe that Bawiec is absolutely essential to Myerstown’s chances of overtaking and dethroning defending champion Campbelltown in the upcoming postseason.