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    Frankford, GW battle in Division A classic

    With more games like the one his Frankford Pioneers played on Friday, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Juan Namnun have a full head of gray hairs by the time the postseason rolls around.

    As baseball season intensifies, so does Public League Division A

    Depending on who you ask, Public League baseball’s top division — Division A — is wide open, chock-full of solid teams all gunning for league supremacy. What makes the division so fascinating to monitor (besides the plethora of talented players within) is its local flavor: six of the 13 teams hail from the Northeast, with another containing some local residents on its roster. While all 13 earn an automatic berth to the postseason (the first round begins on May 11), who will emerge as champions? Here’s a closer look at those squads to date, how they’ve fared so far, where they’re going and what they love about playing in such a strong division, which is as balanced as it is deep (division records through Tuesday, April 14):

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    Following an uncharacteristic early playoff exit, Frankford is ready again to chase its 10th league crown since 2000.   

    Changing of the guard

    Jack Creighton will soon retire as Frankford’s athletic director. Former boys varsity basketball coach Ben Dubin will step into the role.

    When the 2014-15 school year begins roughly two months from now, a familiar face in the Frankford High School athletics community will be absent. Luckily for the Pioneers, another well-known individual will be stepping in.

    Public struggle

    The Public League’s misfortunes in the Carpenter Cup continued on Sunday, dropping its 24th straight decision. The league’s only win came in 1990.

    The old adage states that the only two guarantees in life are death and taxes. If there was room to add a third proclamation, it might state, “Death, taxes and, come early June, the Public League will lose its first and only Carpenter Cup contest.”

    Namnun wins 100th before reigning champ Frankford falls in first round

    Even when Juan Namnun expects to lose, he still wins.

    High school baseball playoffs are on the horizon

    With the end of the regular season nearly upon us, here is a closer look at the state of some of the area’s top baseball programs on the eve of the postseason (records through Monday):

    Good vibrations

    Following a loss in last year’s Public League title game, Franklin Towne Charter is a team on a mission. They currently sit atop the league’s ‘A’ Division.

    Before Franklin Towne Charter’s home baseball game against Nueva Esperanza on Friday, the American Legion field at Devereaux and Hegerman streets more closely resembled a dance floor. 

    Pioneer pups

    Following a third straight league title, Frankford baseball is left with nothing but freshmen and sophomores. Head coach Juan Namnun isn’t complaining.

    In the moments before Monday afternoon’s Public League Division A baseball contest against visiting GAMP, a Frankford player sheepishly approached a visiting reporter while holding some athletic tape in his hands. 

    Trending upward

    After an 11-0 showing in Division B a season ago, Lincoln baseball has risen back to the Public League’s top division. They plan on staying put.

    John Larsen remembers the darker days, so forgive him for not allowing his sky to fall following two consecutive losses.

    Public League baseball vet leads Northeast

    If the Public League had a mayor, Joe Fite might be able to run unopposed.

    The comeback kids

    There was a brief time, probably somewhere around the evening of April 19, when Juan Namnun thought his Frankford baseball team might be doomed.

    May 22 playoff baseball and softball update

    The following is a list of playoff results, as well as future contests, for all of the area high school baseball and softball teams still competing in postseason play.

    Play ball

    — High school baseball players and coaches in the Northeast are ready for the 2013 season. Are you?

    Defense wins championships … just ask Frankford

    — Wanting to erase painful memories of last year’s title game, Frankford’s defense made a statement.

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  • Namnun pointed out five players who will likely make or break the team’s chances.

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  • Frankford finished a respectable 8-4 in a talented Division A, but as Namnun said, the team was “missing an identity.” Now, with everybody back from that team with a year of Public League competition under its collective belts, the Pioneers feel like they are ready for another championship run. 

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