Ethan Frey sends three out of the park last week, earns ACA Athlete of the Week
ROSEPINE, La. (KALB) - Ethan Frey is a well know athlete across the state, and last week his name got a tad bit louder as he hit three home runs. This year, he has been locked in on another level. His first at-bat this year, he cranked one out the park, and he felt that set the tone for the rest of the season.
“Yeah, we are all preparing in the off-season for our last good ride here,” said Frey. “We put the work in and as soon as I hit that home run, I was like ‘yeah, it’s going to be a great year.’”
All that hard work started as a kid, and it grew because he wanted to play catch outside.
“It came from a young age,“ said Frey. “When my dad was working, my mom and I would go throw in the yard. Since then, I had my glove with me everywhere, and I played catch any chance I got. All this kind of stuck with me once I started it.”
Frey was very talented in the sport of football. But, he chooses to play baseball as he furthers his career in sports. He committed to playing for LSU in his sophomore year. He said his dad, who was a hockey guy, is one of the biggest reasons why he is the athlete he is today.
“My dad and I did everything in high school when I was a little kid,” said Frey. “He would come home from work, we would go out in the yard throwing the football, then we would play baseball. We just did it all, and I’m just grateful to have him.”
The Rosepine community is not the biggest or most well-known area, but they stick together, and the star Eagle said he appreciates everything they do for the team.
“Doing everything we can in front of our community is special to me,” said Ethan. “When the hurricane hit a few years back, they helped us fix our field and our dugout. They do everything they can for us. They come out to our games and when we can get a win, it means little more us.”
Frey was well ahead of his time when he stepped on the diamond. Head Coach Jeff Smith said his talent was something that could not go unnoticed.
“When he came in as a freshman, he played immediately,” said Smith. “He was young still learning the game, and the talent was already there. He has gotten better every year. He has kind of soaked things in and bought into the process. He is where he is right now because of it.”
Before he takes off to the next stage of his young career, he said that he hopes the underclassmen follow the footsteps that he and the seniors started, so they can keep the program going.
“Obviously we won a state championship last year,” said Frey. “We are trying to do it again this year. We want them to remember the class of 2022. If we can set things up for the next generations by being good leaders and good role models, the underclassmen will be well prepared to lead next.”
The skillset, the drive and the hard work are why Ethan Frey won ACA Athlete of the Week.
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