By Steve Svetovich
The Dunmore Freedom League (formerly Collegiate Summer Baseball League) has been going strong for over two decades now and this summer will be no different at Sherwood Park.
Charlie Ehnot returns as league commissioner for a 15th season. His son, Chas Ehnot, returns as a player-coach for a sixth straight year. Prior to that he played for several years in the league.
Chas Ehnot and Mark Simko, another former player in the league, return once again to coach one of the two Dunmore entries in the league.
Tyler Chulvick returns as a player/coach for the other Dunmore entry.
Honesdale will be another entry in the league. There is also a Mid Valley team.
“Right now we have four teams slated to play in the league,” said Chas Ehnot, “but we are looking to add more players and teams.”
Local baseball players 17 and older can play in the league. There is no maximum age limit, but players need to be very competitive to play. Charlie Terrery, still as competitive as the younger players, returns at age 60 as the oldest in the league. Most of the players in the league have played high school or collegiate baseball and are used to competition.
Those interested in playing can call Chas Ehnot at (301)503-0131.
“We are a very competitive league, but we also have a lot of fun,” said Ehnot. “My dad plans on getting back into the coaching side this year. He missed that part of it.
“This is a game. We should all compete, but have fun doing it. The game makes me feel a lot younger myself. We are trying to do the best we can for the kids here.”
Some of the better known players returning this season, said Ehnot, include Anthony Duchnowski, Dylan Svetovich, David Chromey, Chris Rinaldi, Corey Rinaldi, Tyler Fisch, Michael Villa, Corey Sullivan, Riley Sullivan, Alex Terrery, P.J. Mandarano, John Joe Gustin, Billy Keating, Justin Magistro, Zack McGinty, Harry Wildrick and Chulvick.
“The future of the league is in good shape,” said Ehnot. “We have reason to get more and more teams on the field.
“We have a lot of projects planned for the field. We are going to make some drastic improvements. We want to improve the playing surface. There are a lot of things we are waiting on. We want to insert new bases and rebuild the mound and the back drop.
“We want to keep the baseball field at Sherwood Park in great shape for years to come. We want this to be a top notch field in the area.
“And we want the field in use not only for us, but for the public. We want fathers and sons coming out to Sherwood Park to play catch and practice. We want it for everybody.”
Ehnot said the Dunmore Freedom League begins play Memorial Day weekend. Regular season games are played through the first week of August followed by playoffs. All teams are seeded in the playoffs. Semi final and championship final playoffs are slated to be best of three this season, said Ehnot.
Ehnot said the Dunmore Freedom League would like to add two more teams to its existing four clubs. He is encouraging local collegiate players and even older players to join. High school seniors are also eligible.
“This is a competitive league,” he said. “But there is a lot of fun between all the players involved. We look at it as a game to enjoy.
“We would love to have more teams and players. The Dunmore Freedom League at Sherwood Park is here to stay, so we would like to expand a little more. We can’t wait for the season to start.”