Old Forge has used the element of speed in winning baseball games this season, and no one has epitomized that philosophy more than leadoff man Mario Martinelli.
Martinelli used his speed to score a run on his own last week as the senior second baseman stole three bases – including home – in a win over arch-rival Riverside.
For his effort, Mario has been named The Sunday Dispatch Athlete of the Week for the week April 25-May 1.
Martinelli also used his speed to score from second base on an infield single, and set up his steal of home by moving from first-to-third on a bunt single. He also smacked three hits for the Blue Devils in the win, and has stolen 12 bases on the season.
Posters of Mario can be seen in Revello’s Pizza, Old Forge, and Smart Designs and Graphics, Wyoming, sponsors of the Old Forge Athlete of the Week.