The Keystone Senior Babe Ruth Baseball League began its 17th season on Monday, May 20.

Last season ended with the Pocono Mountain Outlaws defeating the Franklin Township Hurricanes to win their first ever league championship. The Outlaws will have the tough task of trying to repeat with a new manager and a league-low six returning players.

Even though the league is down to only one division of 10 teams for the 2013 season it should be one of its most competitive seasons to date. The regular season ends on June 30 (all 10 teams will play a double round-robin 18-game schedule), and the playoffs will begin the first week of July.

Later in July, the league is planning to put together for the first time in over a decade an All-Star team which will managed by Franklin Township Hurricanes' manager Ricky Strohl to play in the 2013 Pennsylvania State Sr. Babe Ruth League Tournament. The league will also showcase its best in the 11th annual All-Star Game at Franklin Township's Christman Memorial Field on Saturday June 15 at 6 p.m.

For more information on the league, you can visit its website at www.keystonebaberuth.org [1]. The site includes the field directions, game schedule, standings, and more.

PREVIEW CAPSULES

Bushkill Township Minutemen: Manager - Tim Sutter (2nd season), 2012 record - (12-6-1), Home field – Armed Forces Field at Bushkill Twsp., Returnees - Devan Albert, Nate Bachert, Dylan Castanhinha, Ethan Culver, Brad Gross, Brandon LaBar, Andrew McFarland, Colton Miller, Nick Novak, Jonathan Piperato, John Polak (w/Lower Nazareth - 2012 All-Star Game MVP), Blaise Strausser (w/Phillipsburg), Brandon Sutter, Brad Tintle and Kyle Young (w/Lower Nazareth)

East Stroudsburg Mustangs: Manager - Tony Croce (8th season), 2012 record - (10-9), Home field - East Stroudsburg South H.S., Returnees - Avery Ammerman, Thomas Aruta, Chris Candelaria, Sebastien Frazier, Ryan Lewis, Bryne Mumbauer, Jimmy O'Malley and Noah Wilder

Forks Township Falcons: Manager - Matt Baker (4th season), 2012 record - (1-18), Home field – Forks Twsp. Community Park, Returnees - Ryan Amentler, Connor Cadmus, John Desmond, Aaron Gasparetti, Tyler Honor, Tyler Kozic, Jonathan Kummer, Adam Martino, Mike Reed, Ryan Schaming, and Cody Young

Franklin Township Hurricanes: Manager - Ricky Strohl (6th season), 2012 record - (16-3), 2012 National Division Regular Season Champions, Home field - Christman Memorial Field, Returnees - Michael Cataldo, Dane Ciavarella (2012 Pitcher of the Year), Daniel Dailey Jr., Patrick Duvigneaud, Justin Kaminski, Colton Knox, Bryce Micciche, Zach Rex, Peter Salerno III, Steven Shanton, Ian Sterling, and Joshua Thompson

Franklin Township Shockers: Manager - Donnie Rehrig (3rd season), 2012 record - (15-4), 2012 American Division Regular Season Champions, Home field - Christman Memorial Field, Returnees – Parker David, Thatcher David, Anthony Farano, Jimmer Farano, Anthony Farole, Jordan Knappenberger, Vince Mele, Anthony Rossino, Kyle Troch and A.J. Wenrich

Hazleton Mountaineers: Manager -Gino Ziller (4th season), 2012 record - (10-8), Home field - Hazle Twsp. Field, Returnees - Gino Cannon, Starlin Colon, Sandy Feliz, Zach Horvath, Aaron Johnson, Logan Mehalshick, Manaury Minyety, Louie Montoya, Mark Solanick, Edwar Tejada and Nathan Walls

Panther Valley Black Diamonds: Manager - Chris West (8th season), 2012 record - (8-11), Home field – Lansford Babe Ruth Field, Returnees - Clayton Brown, Daniel Comisac, Aaron Heitz, Nathaniel Hrebik, Zack King, Richard Smith, Luke Stano, Jacob Szczecina, Stephen Terry and Mark Williams

Phillipsburg Indians: Manager - Rich Mason (4th season), 2012 record - (11-6-1), Home field – John Dolak Ballfield, Returnees - Daniel Blazejewski, Michael Ciesla, Eric Dzewiecki, Pete Liloia, Tyler Marinelli, Max Peskin, Booker Rodenbough, Brock Rodenbough, Bronson Rodenbough, Brandon Shay, Jesse Steinmetz, Renato Virella, and Tyler Woscek

Pocono Mountain Outlaws: Manager – Daniel Knecht (1st season), 2012 record - (13-6), 2012 League Playoff Champions, Home field - Pocono Mountain West H.S., Returnees - Jonathan Furino, Peter Hensel, Chris Maddalena, Lawrence Marinovich, Thomas Robson and Joe Scott

Towamensing Township Yankees: Manager – Don Hunter (6th season), 2012 record - (10-9), Home field - Towamensing Twsp. Field, Returnees - Stephanie Augustine, Sean Doherty, Nathan Eckhart, Nikolas Feinsilber, Tanner Gutekunst, Curtis Kocis, Jim McWhriter, Cody Peters, Mike Sander, Ryan Saylor, and Greg Wierzbicki

LOCAL SCHEDULES

Panther Valley Black Diamonds

May 20 - at Franklin Township Hurricanes, 6 p.m.

May 26 - vs. Forks Township Falcons, 5 p.m.

May 28 - vs. Hazleton Mountaineers, 6 p.m.

May 30 - vs. Pocono Mountain Outlaws, 6 p.m.

June 2 - at East Stroudsburg Mustangs, 12 p.m.

June 4 - vs. Franklin Township Shockers, 6 p.m.

June 5 - at Bushkill Township Minutemen, 6 p.m.

June 7 - vs. Towamensing Township Yankees, 6 p.m.

June 8 - vs. Phillipsburg Indians, 12 p.m.

June 13 - at Pocono Mountain Outlaws, 6 p.m.

June 15 - All-Star Game at Christman Memorial Field, 6 p.m.

June 16 - at Forks Township Falcons, 1 p.m.

June 17 - at Franklin Township Shockers, 6 p.m.

June 19 - at Towamensing Township Yankees, 6 p.m.

June 22 - vs. East Stroudsburg Mustangs, 12 p.m.

June 23 - at Phillipsburg Indians, 5 p.m.

June 25 - at Hazleton Mountaineers, 6 p.m.

June 28 - vs. Franklin Township Hurricanes, 6 p.m.

June 29 - vs. Bushkill Township Minutemen, 1 p.m.

Franklin Township Hurricanes

May 20 - vs. Panther Valley Black Diamonds, 6 p.m.

May 24 - vs. Forks Township, 5:30 p.m.

May 24 - vs. Forks Township, 7:30 p.m.

May 25 - vs. Phillipsburg Indians, 5 p.m.

May 29 - at Bushkill Township Minutemen, 6 p.m.

May 31 - at Towamensing Township Yankees, 6 p.m.

June 5 - vs. Pocono Mountain Outlaws, 6 p.m.

June 7 - vs. Hazleton Mountaineers, 7:30 p.m.

June 8 - at East Stroudsburg Mustangs, 12 p.m.

June 9 - at Phillipsburg Indians, 1 p.m.

June 10 - vs. Bushkill Township Minutemen, 5:30 p.m.

June 15 - All-Star Game at Christman Memorial Field, 6 p.m.

June 19 - at Hazleton Mountaineers, 6 p.m.

June 22 - vs. Towamensing Township Yankees, 2 p.m.

June 23 - vs. Franklin Township Shockers, 5 p.m.

June 23 - vs. Franklin Township Shockers, 7:30 p.m.

June 26 - at Pocono Mountain Outlaws, 6 p.m.

June 28 - at Panther Valley Black Diamonds, 6 p.m.

June 30 - vs. East Stroudsburg Mustangs, 7:30 p.m.

Towamensing Township Yankees

May 25 - vs. Phillipsburg Indians, 1 p.m.

May 26 - at East Stroudsburg Mustangs, 4 p.m.

May 29 - at Forks Township Falcons, 6 p.m.

May 31 - vs. Franklin Township Hurricanes, 6 p.m.

June 1 - vs. Pocono Mountain Outlaws, 2 p.m.

June 7 - at Panther Valley Black Diamonds, 6 p.m.

June 8 - vs. Bushkill Township Minutemen, 1 p.m.

June 8 - at Franklin Township Shockers, 5:45 p.m.

June 9 - vs. Franklin Township Shockers, 2 p.m.

June 13 - at Hazleton Mountaineers, 6 p.m.

June 14 - at Pocono Mountain Outlaws, 6 p.m.

June 15 - All-Star Game at Christman Memorial Field, 6 p.m.

June 17 - as Bushkill Township Minutemen, 6 p.m.

June 19 - vs. Panther Valley Black Diamonds, 6 p.m.

June 22 - at Franklin Township Hurricanes, 2 p.m.

June 22 - vs. Hazleton Mountaineers, 5:30 p.m.

June 23 - at Phillipsburg Indians, 1 p.m.

June 26 - vs. Forks Township Falcons, 6 p.m.

June 29 - vs. East Stroudsburg Mustangs, 2 p.m.

Franklin Township Shockers

May 30 - vs. East Stroudsburg Mustangs, 6 p.m.

June 1 - at Phillipsburg Indians, 12 p.m.

June 2 - vs. Bushkill Township Minutemen, 7:30 p.m.

June 4 - at Panther Valley Black Diamonds, 6 p.m.

June 6 - at Hazleton Mountaineers, 6 p.m.

June 7 - at Forks Township Falcons, 6 p.m.

June 8 - vs. Towamensing Township Yankees, 5:45 p.m.

June 9 - at Towamensing Township Yankees, 2 p.m.

June 14 - at Bushkill Township Minutemen, 6 p.m.

June 15 - All-Star Game at Christman Memorial Field, 6 p.m.

June 17 - vs. Panther Valley Black Diamonds, 6 p.m.

June 21 - vs. Forks Township Falcons, 7:30 p.m.

June 22 - vs. Phillipsburg Indians, 5:30 p.m.

June 23 - vs. Franklin Township Hurricanes, 5 p.m.

June 23 - vs. Franklin Township Hurricanes, 7:30 p.m.

June 27 - at East Stroudsburg Mustangs, 6 p.m.

June 28 - vs. Hazleton Mountaineers, 7:30 p.m.

June 29 - vs. Pocono Mountain Outlaws, 7:30 p.m.

June 30 - at Pocono Mountain Outlaws, 6 p.m.