Greenbelt Steps Up
Greenbelt Post 136 took a two-game lead into the final week of American Legion play in the Frank Riley baseball league and could be on the verge of its first district title in more than 20 years.
There is one catch, however. If Greenbelt slips at all in its five games this week, second-place Chaney awaits in a Saturday showdown that could determine the district champion. Greenbelt Coach Larry Prange is unfazed.
"We hit and run, we bunt and we have kids on this team not afraid to just move a runner over or steal a base," said Prange, an assistant baseball coach at DeMatha. "Our guys believe completely in the team concept. . . . I have a bunch of kids who are just happy to be on the field. It's a coach's dream."
The team, made up of players from DeMatha and Eleanor Roosevelt, was 23-10, 18-5 in league play through Sunday.
"We're not afraid to do the little things," Prange said. "We get on base and move runners over to score a few runners and then have our pitchers shut the opponents down."
The team's top three pitchers are Andy Rosen, a DeMatha senior who has surrendered just 26 runs in 62 innings, Eleanor Roosevelt senior Rob Helig, who has struck out 32 in 58 innings, and recent DeMatha graduate Andrew Carlson, who has a 1.46 earned run average.
Mustangs Claim Title
It took the Marlboro Mustangs some time, but they finally won the Prince George's County Senior Babe Ruth tournament.
The Mustangs, from Upper Marlboro, won the tournament for the first time in their 16-year history Friday. John Edelen threw a two-hitter to help Marlboro defeat the Charles County Senators, 6-2, in the tournament title game at Cosca Park.
Edelen, who graduated last month from Gwynn Park High, yielded two runs on two hits in the first, but didn't allow a hit the rest of the way.
"John's a finesse pitcher, and he threw a beautiful game for us," Marlboro Coach Butch Lumpkins said.
Third baseman Randy Brown's three-run triple broke a 2-2 tie in the third, and Marlboro never trailed again.
McNamara Hires Creneti
Frank Creneti, football coach at West Springfield in Virginia for the past 14 seasons, has taken over as athletic director at McNamara.
Creneti, 60, compiled a 139-119-7 record during a 30-year coaching career. His teams also won eight district championships and one regional title. He will not coach at McNamara.
"I was ready to slow down a bit," Creneti said. "This was a good opportunity to work with a good program at a good school."
Creneti was the football coach and assistant director of student activities at West Springfield. He had been at the school since 1985.