While no one would ever dispute the amount of joy provided by cheeseburgers, today's lunchtime menu might offer something better.

Playoff baseball!

OK, so Spring-Ford High, in Royersford, is not exactly around the corner. But you can call in sick, watch some morning TV and still make it in plenty of time for Frankford's next game in the Class AAAA portion of the PIAA state playoffs.

At noon, the Pioneers will do battle with Hempfield, located about 10 miles northwest of Lancaster and the third-place team in District 3. Why so early? Hempfield's graduation ceremony is scheduled for 6 o'clock.

Frankford, the District 12 (and overall Public League) champion, advanced to this clash in dramatic fashion Monday at La Salle University as junior righthander Edwin "Tito" Rohena pitched an eight-inning three-hitter and slammed a two-run walkoff homer. The victim, by a 3-1 score, was Avon Grove.

Today's starter is expected to be senior righty Esteban "Shortie" Meletiche.

This is the Pub's fourth year of PIAA competition. The baseball squads are 3-15 and all the wins have been notched in AAAA; Central won twice in '06 by one-run margins. *

- Ted Silary