LSU baseball commitment Ethan Frey pitches shutout for Rosepine's first LHSAA state title

LaMar Gafford
Alexandria Town Talk

SULPHUR – Ethan Frey was meant to deliver in big moments.

In his longest outing of the season, the LSU baseball commitment did just that by shutting down top-ranked Doyle, 1-0, in the Class 2A championship game Friday. He threw 114 pitches in a complete game to give Rosepine its first state title.

“You see the seniors playing in high school when you’re in elementary, you’re like, ‘I want to win that,’ ” Frye said. “Just to do it, it’s unreal. It’s almost like I’m dreaming right now.”

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Rosepine's Ethan Frey (right) and head coach Jeff Smith celebrate after their victory over Doyle during the championship round of the LHSAA state baseball tournament at McMurray Park in Sulphur, La., Friday, May 14, 2021. (Rick Hickman/Lake Charles American Press)

Regarded as one of the state’s top catchers, Frey is one of seven juniors from a talented class and has performed well offensively by batting .455 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in the playoffs.

The team’s goal to get to Sulphur began after he led the football team to the regional round, where it lost to Loreauville.

Although Hurricane Laura destroyed the Eagles’ baseball field, they worked hard to help not only rebuild the field but also get back to Sulphur for the first time since 2017, when it made the semifinals.

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“We started right after football and we all went back to work during Christmas break,” Frey said. “We were at the field all weekend long and we’d go hit after church on Sundays. It was right back over again each week.”

Rosepine junior Ethan Frey had two home runs, including a grand slam, while driving in eight runs in a 20-5 win on Friday over Delhi Charter.

The hard work paid off as the Eagles opened the season 20-3 and Frey batted .412 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in the first half of the season.

Though it had a few setbacks during District 5-2A play, finishing third behind DeQuincy and Kinder, Rosepine still earned the No. 2 seed in Class 2A and did not drop a game in the playoffs.

Rosepine junior Ethan Frey fires a pitch during the 2021 Class 2A state championship game in Sulphur.

“I’m all about team goals, I’m just glad that we won it,” said Frey, who was named Most Outstanding Player. “I’m a team player. It says state champs and that’s all that matters to me.”

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“He’s a high-profile guy, but he’s humble and he’s hungry,” Eagles coach Jeff Smith said. “He’s just a good teammate and a great player."

Frey gave thanks to Rosepine’s community, which is still recovering from Hurricane Laura.

“All year long, we’ve had support from our community,” Frey said. “We spent days up at the field clearing water off so we can play. We rebuilt our field after Hurricane Laura, so it’s huge. It means the most. This is for them, not for us.”