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.

With plenty of familiar faces back from a team that was two games away from a state championship last season, one week into the 2014 season, Salado is already eager to return to that point.

But the Eagles, No. 5 in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association poll, aren’t getting ahead of themselves.

First, they must take care of business in district play.

“We want to defend the district and win the district championship,” head coach

Chad Krempin said. “That’s our first goal.”

Salado (3-1-1) is well-equipped to do that, with many key contributors back from the team that went to state last year, most notably pitcher Casey Frazier and catcher Cole Haag.

Frazier is the reigning District 22-2A MVP and has just two losses in his high school career.

This past weekend against Rockdale, Frazier was in midseason form, sending the Eagles to the Bell Rivals Classic championship with a three-hit, 13-strikeout performance.

“He’s doing what Casey does,” Krempin said.

Krempin also said Frazier has added velocity to his pitches and is hitting over .400.

Haag is a UMHB signee behind the plate, and Krempin also named Britton Hawes as a key contributor for this season.

But Krempin said that isn’t all the Eagles have to offer. “Everybody in our lineup, one through nine, is pretty talented, I believe,” Krempin said.

And with that kind of firepower, Salado has high hopes that it’ll still be playing in June again this year.

Contact Jordan Mason at or 254-501-7562​

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