A lost sophomore baseball season has done little to slow the rise of Rosepine junior Ethan Frey, who has spent the week impressing at the New Balance Future Stars Baseball Series National Combine.
The event features 70 of the best baseball prospects in the country. Frey wasted no time showing he belonged, finishing with the ninth-highest exit velocity of 100.74 mph on the first day of testing. He has manned first base and hit cleanup for the Blue team during the first three day of games.
"It felt good to know that I was considered good enough to compete with the best and showed that I was doing something right," Frey said of being invited to the event. "For not being able to play the high school season, I felt I've done pretty good,"
A two-sport star at Rosepine, Frey said baseball is his true love.
"Baseball is something I've done ever since I tried it as a kid, I had to love of the game right away even though it took me a little while to learn and really get good," he said. "I've always loved doing the work the grinding it takes to be one of the best. I'm always happy to be able to put in the work to get better.
Last summer that work paid off when Frey was offered a chance to play at LSU. He committed to the school shortly thereafter.
"There were a few colleges that I was looking at playing for and LSU was at the top of the list," he said. "When they contacted me everything just clicked great. They have a great program and coaches and a beautiful campus."
On the gridiron, Frey will be entering his second season as the Eagles starting quarterback. As a sophomore, he completed 105 of 209 passes for 1,454 yards and 15 touchdowns. Rosepine won three of its last four regular season games to reach the playoffs, losing to Kinder in the first round.
A quarterback since age 7, Frey enjoys the responsibility that comes with the job.
"People want to come to you, want to yo lead," he said. "I can lead both ways, by example or vocally, especially with the younger kids. You want to show them what they have to be like when they are older."
Frey will be joined in the backfield by sophomore running back Grant Ducote, who ran for more than 1,300 yards.
"He is great, a hard worker, he does great work in the trenches," Frey said. "We should have a good defense and on offense we will be able to run, throw and spread the ball around to a few guys. I'm looking forward to having a good year."
Frey has been squeezing in football workouts between baseball events and is hoping the Eagles can make a title run in either sport.
"In baseball we are going to have some sophomores, juniors and even some freshmen who are going to have to step up next year," he said. "I'm looking forward to doing what I can to help the teams and hopefully be able to help one of them bring a ring home."