IT WILL BE Frankford vs. Frankford Offshoot for the Public League baseball championship today, 3:15, at Richie Ashburn Field, in South Philly's FDR Park.
The Pioneers' foe, Franklin Towne Charter, is located on the former Frankford Arsenal property, in Bridesburg, and draws many of its students from the same neighborhoods.
FTC opened in 2000 and joined the Pub for baseball in 2004. Kyle Riley has been the coach for all 10 seasons. This will be a charter school's first appearance in the championship game.
Frankford captured its first diamond title in 1920 and owns 17 in all. It will be trying to win No. 3 in a row and its fourth under coach Juan Namnun, who took over in 2008. A 3-year run (2003-05) was accomplished under Namnun's predecessor, Bob Peffle, the starting shortstop for Frankford's 1964 champs.
The teams split this year's Division A meetings. Frankford won, 8-5, then Towne, as it's known, dropped a 13-1 bomb.
- Ted Silary