After winning the 2021 Class 2A state title in dramatic fashion with a 1-0 win in the championship game against Doyle, Ethan Frey and his Rosepine teammates pulled off a dominant run to that year’s title, 33-2.
Frey, a senior catcher/pitcher, led the way and hit .487 with 13 homers, 64 RBIs and 28 runs scored. As a pitcher, he was 5-0 with two saves and a .77 ERA, with 43 strikeouts in 27 innings.
For this, Frey is the winner of the Mr. Baseball Award, which is presented annually to the most outstanding player in the state.
Frey said he knew the Eagles were having a special season when they started accumulating district wins.
“As soon as the District scored I knew it was going to be some of the tougher teams we were going to play all season and when we did what we did (undefeated in the District 5-2A game) I knew I that we were going to do a shot to go back to back,” Frey said.
The Eagles did just that, ending the season with 27 straight wins, including two wins at the state tournament, for a 25-0 aggregate record.
“Those were our best games when we had to go one better,” said Frey. “We definitely did that and played great games knowing it would be our last time playing together.”
Frey said he was able to improve every aspect of his game.
“I’ve improved my game defensively this year,” he said. “As a hitter, I was able to bat for a better average and add more power, extra base hits, and RBIs. As a pitcher, I was more experienced and mature, learning what Coach (Jeff) Smith was thinking while he was calling pitches and how to make hitters uncomfortable.”
Frey has signed to play at LSU next season and said he will bring the same approach to Baton Rouge.
“I want to keep working as hard as I have been, stay humble and not grow too big for what I am,” he said. “I want to take one step at a time and not get caught up in the hype.
“I’ve matured a lot over the course of high school, learned to take it one step at a time and allow what happens.”