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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

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.