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Casey Frazier seeks state baseball title for Salado

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Salado pitcher Casey Frazier, the 2013 Killeen Daily Herald All-Area Team MVP, is back for the fifth-ranked Eagles. Frazier was 11-1 last season with a 0.90 ERA.

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Last spring, Casey Frazier didn’t lose until the state semifinal.

By then, the junior had already pitched Salado to its third-ever trip to the state meet in Round Rock and won 23 straight mound appearances in the process.

And while Frazier still relishes his individual accomplishments on the mound — particularly the Game 3 performance against Troy that sent the Eagles to state — he said he’s equally fond of games he didn’t pitch.

Game 3 against Centerville, when Salado triumphed in extra-innings to take the regional quarterfinal series is one of his favorite games.

Of course, Frazier also did his part off the mound.

He hit .353 in his junior season with three home runs and 36 RBIs.

“He just understands the game of baseball for one. He’s a great competitor,” Salado baseball coach Chad Krempin said.

“Obviously he’s worked and been around baseball for a long time.”

Frazier isn’t looking to duplicate his 2013 season. The senior hopes to improve on it.

“There’s always room for improvement,” Frazier said. “There are a lot of aspects of my game that I can get better at.”

And after ending 2013 with just the second loss of his varsity career — the first one came in his first varsity start as a sophomore — Frazier is eager to build the same type of memories this season.

“There’s just all this motivation on my part. Going out the way we did, we got kind of embarrassed to be honest,” Frazier said of the Eagles’ state semifinal loss to eventual champion Hallettsville.

“We’ve just got to prove that’s not who we are.”

Contact Jordan Mason at jmason@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7562​

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Salado pitcher Casey Frazier, the 2013 Killeen Daily Herald All-Area Team MVP, is back for the fifth-ranked Eagles. Frazier was 11-1 last season with a 0.90 ERA.

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