President's Message 2018
We want to pay tribute to the late former Pen Mar WV vice president Harry "Henskie" Ritchey. Henskie was a league official for thirteen years under presidents Tack Clark and John Culp. He passed away this June on his 101st birthday and was an icon in Hyndman, Pennsylvania. Known as "Mr. Hyndman," he did not miss games in Hyndman or league meetings in Cumberland. He was also a longtime treasurer for the Hyndman Merchants, one of the league's original teams.
The league wants to thank past officers Craig Bosley and Matt Wright. Craig continues as the manager of Oakland and Matt as a player for Cumbrerland.
We also want to recognize this year's officials. Joining me are first vice president Dr. Joe Litten and second vice president Gary Bennett. Joe played for and later coached the Cumberland team in the late 1980s. Gary was a past president and started the Tri-State Titans. Treasurer Ed Wildesen played for Oakland for many years and coached the Garrett County American Legion team before becoming the Garrett College head coach. League secretary Ally Litten worked for the Morgantown Black Bears minor league team. Mike Mathews played and later coached at Hyndman and is league statistician and is responsible for league publicity with assistance from Ally. She is also the yearbook chairman.
New managers this year are Josh Harper and Mark Tennant joining Ryan Colaw at Petersburg. Shane Corwell, Nate Wigger, Brian Powell and Josh Logsdon are the new coaches for the Tri-State Titans. Ben Russell, Cody Jefferys and Dave Rinehart return with the Cumberland Orioles and Jim Dickel with Mt. Savage Old Germans. Brian "Bull" Lenhart returns with Bosley to run the Oakland Oaks.
The league has renewed its All-Star Game rivalry this year with the Fayette County (Pa.) Baseball League. The game will be played Friday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m., at Garrett College. Some of our teams will play exhibition games this year against Brunswick, Boonsboro and Martinsburg. This year's league fundraiser was a Cash and Gun Bash in lieu of the golf tournament. Teams will also be selling yearbook ads to help raise money.
Good luck to all managers and teams in our 70th year.
- Terry Helbig