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ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Registration for the 2014 season is now underway! The Mounties Legion program offers three teams: SENIOR LEGION- Mt. Carmel Club Mounties- 19-U JUNIOR LEGION- Plymouth Twp. Mounties- 15-U PREP LEGION- Plymouth Twp. More »

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Mounties honored by Plymouth Township

The 2013 season was a special one for the Mt. Carmel Club Mounties, as the Club captured its first league title since 1980. Representing American Legion baseball in Plymouth Township for over More »

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Mounties capture first league championship in 33 years

PLYMOUTH TWP- The walls of the Mt. Carmel Sports Club are a virtual trip back in time. Faces of local Italians that look like they could have been in photos taken at More »

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Mounties Logo (color)

Registration for the 2014 season is now underway! The Mounties Legion program offers three teams:
SENIOR LEGION- Mt. Carmel Club Mounties- 19-U
JUNIOR LEGION- Plymouth Twp. Mounties- 15-U
PREP LEGION- Plymouth Twp. Mounties- 13-U

Registered players will be notified of meeting and tryout information throughout the winter. Players may be double rostered on two teams, and players are occasionally selected to play up full time at the next higher legion level, based on tryout performance and level of participation in school baseball.

Mounties honored by Plymouth Township

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The 2013 season was a special one for the Mt. Carmel Club Mounties, as the Club captured its first league title since 1980. Representing American Legion baseball in Plymouth Township for over 50 years, the Mounties have brought a title to the township that is worthy of recognition, and the board of supervisors gave the Mounties that recognition at their meeting on Monday, September 9th.

Coaches and players from the championship team were on hand to receive recognition at the start of the meeting.

Mounties off to strong start at Region 3 Tournament

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FAIRLESS HILLS- Seven innings of baseball is the norm at the high school and American Legion levels. Throughout the spring and into summer, game plans are created based on that magic number, “7″. But, with the Pennsylvania American Legion Baseball Regional Tournaments comes a new wrinkle, as the 7th inning is no longer the end. The more traditional nine inning game is the norm now, and for the Mt. Carmel Club Mounties, the adjustment has been made just fine.

On Saturday, the Mounties opened up the Region 3 tournament’s first game with a 5-1 victory over Bristol Post 382. League MVP Randy Frankenfield got the Club through the first 6, striking out 11. The Mounties had many opportunities to cushion their game-long lead, but the game remained close heading in to those crucial 7th, 8th, and 9th innings. But, a few late inning insurance runs and three innings of bullpen relief from Jon Fisher and Austin DiBonaventure helped the Mounties come away with their first Region 3 tournament victory since 2003.

On Sunday, the Mounties came right back and earned the all important second tournament victory, defeating Wayne 4-3. For the first time in weeks the Club trailed in a game, facing a 2-0 deficit through seven innings. But, in what would be the bottom of the final inning during the regular season, the Mounties plated three runs with two outs to take their first lead of the game. This time, starter Zach Metz kept things going for the Mounties through 8 innings, exiting the game tied at 3. Brandon Iorio led of the bottom of the 8th with a walk, and would eventually come around to score the game winner. For the second day in a row, DiBonaventure then came in to finish things out.

The Mounties 9 inning excitement and run at a Region 3 title continues today with a 4:00pm game at Pennsbury High School against either Downingtown or the Morelanders.

Mounties capture first league championship in 33 years

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PLYMOUTH TWP- The walls of the Mt. Carmel Sports Club are a virtual trip back in time. Faces of local Italians that look like they could have been in photos taken at almost any family dinner in any household throughout the Norristown and Plymouth communities bring a sense of tradition to a building that, over the years, has been at the heart of so many great memories for so many people. Move a little further down the walls, and evidence of memories of another kind can be found, as team photos of the Club’s American Legion baseball squads loom large over the bocce courts that are so new you can still smell the sawdust. The Mt. Carmel Club has sponsored American Legion Baseball since as far back as most of its living members can remember, and that results in a very strong sense of pride each summer when the Mounties take the field to begin another season. The hopes of success and championships are renewed each season, but for the last 33 years, that championship trophy has proven to be elusive. The team came close in 2008 and again last season, but ultimately, the drought continued. On Tuesday evening, July 16 however, that drought finally came to an end as the Mounties defeated J.P. Mascaro 2-1 to win the Club’s first Greater Norristown League title since 1980.

With tradition being such a core characteristic of the program, it was only fitting that two Mounties veterans took the spotlight on this night. Corey Ensslin, in his fourth and final season with the Mounties, took the mound and set the pace from the first inning on to earn the biggest victory of his legion career. Fellow veteran Jeff Mikalonis, in his third season with the Mounties, helped that victory come to fruition with his own magic in the 7th, going back and up the hill in centerfield to make a catch for the second out that can only be described at the very least as spectacular.

As the Club looks to add to its décor of team and community photos, it will now need to find space for the league championship trophy that manager D.J. Santoro and the rest of his team hope will be sitting next to more hardware as the Mounties move on to the Pennsylvania American Legion Region 3 Tournament this weekend. Regionals action begins Saturday at Falls Township, with the game time and opponent to be determined.

EXTRA BASES- For complete championship game coverage from the Times Herald, visit these links: http://www.timesherald.com/article/20130716/SPORTS01/130719705/-1/SPORTS/legion-mt-carmel-dethrones-jp-mascaro-for-gnalbl-title#full_story, http://www.timesherald.com/article/20130716/SPORTS01/130719708/-1/SPORTS/mikalonis-plays-key-role-in-mt-carmel-victory

Frank V. Radomski & Sons partner as a Hall of Fame Club Sponsor

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The Mounties would like to thank Frank V. Radomski and Sons Builders of Colmar, PA for becoming a 2013 Gameday Sponsor at the Hall of Fame Club Level. With over 140 years of combined experience in construction management, the firm is recognized as leaders in the Construction Industry. For more information about Frank V. Radomski and Sons, please visit them online at http://www.radomski-builders.com.

Frankenfield delivers no-hitter to defeat Mascaro

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PLYMOUTH TWP- Randy Frankenfield graduated from Wissahickon High School a few weeks ago, and already had amassed an impressive list of athletic achievements. In the 2012-2013 school year alone, he was the starting quarterback for the Trojans football team, appeared in the Montgomery County All-Star game where he was also under center, he was named the first team All Suburban One American Conference pitcher after the high school baseball season ended, and he was selected as a pitcher to play in the prestigious Carpenter Cup as a member of the Suburban One American-Continental squad. These honors all seemed a fitting end to his high school days before he heads to college in the fall. But, Frankenfield decided on Sunday that he would add one more point of pride to that resume before this American Legion Baseball season comes to an end. In the final game of a three game series against first place and perennial Greater Norristown League contender J.P. Mascaro, he used just 78 pitches to toss a no-hitter in the Mounties’ 4-0 victory.

From the moment Frankenfield took the field on Sunday (as Johnny Cash’s “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” echoed from the public address system), he seemed ready to be dominant. After he mowed down the first three hitters in order, he would allow just two base runners on walks throughout the remaining six innings. Perhaps equally impressive… both base runners would be picked off by Frankenfield’s seemingly un-solvable move to first base. These two picks enabled him to face just 21 would-be hitters on the day, a seven inning minimum. Offensively, the Mounties gave him a little bit of room to work with early. The Club scored all four of its runs in the first two innings, plating one in the first, two in the second, and one more in the third. Connor Purdy and Austin DiBonaventure led the offense with a combined 5 hits out of the 2 and 3 holes in the order, respectively.

The Mounties will make up two rained out games this Monday and Wednesday on the road, before returning home as the number 2 seed to open up the league playoffs on Friday evening at 5:45pm. Certainly, Frankenfield and the Mounties hope there are far more accolades to achieve before this summer is finished.

EXTRA BASES- Frankenfield, who will be following in the footsteps of his two older brothers, will be heading to pitch at York College of Pennsylvania (one of the Mid-Atlantic’s best kept collegiate secrets) this fall. Randy’s oldest brother Chris is a 2011 graduate of York College, and his brother Drew will finish his education there this fall. Both Chris and Drew were members of the same Spartans baseball team than Randy will suit up for beginning next season.

R.W. Mallon Auto Paint Sponsors Tournament

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The Mounties were proud to partner up with R.W. Mallon Auto Paint and Equipment as the corporate sponsor of the Battle of Germantown Pike, held June 21-23 at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. The tournament featured the Mounties and seven other American Legion teams from PA and NJ: Bristol, Washington Twp, Valley Forge, Ivy Ridge, Westtown, Narberth, and Manchester. It was the Hawks of Manchester Twp, NJ that came away as the 2013 champions, defeating Valley Forge in the finals. The Hawks were making their 4th appearance in the tournament, and it is their first championship.
The Manchester Hawks’ Ed White was named tournament MVP, while Mounties pitcher Randy Frankenfield received the tournament outstanding pitcher award.

For more information about tournament sponsor R.W. Mallon Auto Paint, please visit them at 903 Easton Rd. in Warrington, or contact them at (215) 491-7234.

Mounties sweep past Whitemarsh to open season

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Getting out of the gate quickly is important in any race, and that certainly holds true when it comes to starting a baseball season as well. After dropping the season opener non-league game at Hatfield, the Mounties Senior Legion squad has wasted little little time getting back in the win column. League play opened last week, and it was 3 for 3 in that column for the Club as they defeated the Lafayette Auto Patriots by scores of 11-10, 2-0, and 5-2. Rob Pecharo picked up the win in the opener, as the Mounties offense went to work early and oftern. Games two and three of the series were quite different, however, as the starting pitching combination of lefties Zach Metz and Randy Frankenfield bore the brunt of the workload shutting down the Patriot hitters. The Club mustered just one hit in their 2-0 victory, but came back on Sunday to score four times in the first inning and ride the arms of Frankenfield’s 10 strikeouts and closer Ryan Mongan en route to the victory.

Next up for the Mounties is a three game series beginning Wednesday against The Perk Valley Raiders.

Organization gets 2013′s first win from Prep team

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Vaughan Hart turned in a solid performance on the mound and Johnny Ma connected with a late-game double as the Plymouth Twp. Mounties 13-U Prep team earned an opening day victory on Saturday, May 18. The club defeated Wissahickon 5-4, coming behind from a 4-1 deficit late in the game. Over the offseason, the Mounties Legion organization added a team in the Del-Mont Prep League for the first time, giving the program teams at the Prep, Junior (Youth), and Senior legion levels of Pennsylvania American Legion Baseball.

The Senior Mounties will open play this week with non league contests against Bux-Mont League opponents Hatfield Post 933 and the Nor-Gwyn Hawks. The Junior Mounties will also open up their season in the coming week. All three teams welcome new managers in 2013, with Mike Williams at the helm for the Prep team, Bill Rocchi calling the shots for the Junior team, and DJ Santoro taking over the seat for the senior team.

Santoro, Rocchi to take command in 2013

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As 2013 dawns, it will mark the beginning of a new era of sorts for the Mounties, as the senior and junior teams both begin the season with a shuffled deck in the clubhouse. After five seasons at the helm, senior manager Chris Manero has stepped aside and moved into the front office. In his place in the dugout will be rookie manager D.J. Santoro. Santoro is no stranger to Greater Norristown American Legion baseball action, having both played and coached for long time league opponent Presidential Caterers.

Aside from his legion experience, Santoro brings a great baseball pedigree to the Mounties. Santoro joined the Chestnut Hill College baseball coaching staff as an assistant coach after a four-year playing career as a member of the inaugural 2008 Griffins. A two-year captain, Santoro served as program’s starting third baseman from 2008-2011 and he earned the 2008 Baseball Coach’s Award after batting .289 (35-for-121) with 17 runs-batted-in (RBI) as a 40-game starter at the hot corner. Santoro also works as an instructor with CHC Head Coach Bob Spratt’s Total Skills Baseball Camp.

At the junior legion level, a shuffling of the deck will also be noticed in 2013, as rookie manager Bill Rocchi takes on the managerial role, working with 2012 manager Jeff Gubicza as his assistant coach. Rocchi wore the Mounties blue as a player from 2007-2009. As a member of the 2008 team that advanced to the GNALB finals, he was selected for the Felix Volpi Award, given each year to a player who embodies character and leadership among his teammates. He was a two year varsity starter for Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, and all-league selection, and a captain in 2008.

Rocchi has already begun to rack up the coaching experience early in his career, having served as an assistant with the Mounties in the summer of 2012, and coming on board as an associate head coach for the Mounties fall program this year. Rocchi will also wear the Plymouth Whitemarsh Colonials uniform again this spring as a volunteer assistant coach working with players at the 9th grade, JV, and Varsity levels