Every week someone new comes through for the Salado Eagles.
Each week, the Eagles keep on winning.
This time it was Casey Frazier’s turn.
The junior pitcher homered and pitched a two-hit shutout in a win over Florence and then second-ranked Salado finished off the week by defeating Lexington to keep a stranglehold on first place in District 22-2A.
“Those games are always fun to have. In the first inning I hit the home run and got a good start,” Frazier said. “As a pitcher with a two-run lead, going out there you feel more confident and can just let the defense work for you.
“It is a little better when you do it for yourself.”
For that performance, Frazier was voted KDHpressbox.com’s Player of the Week, for the week of March 30-April 5. Frazier dominated at the online ballot box just as he did on the mound, receiving 659 votes — a whopping 66 percent of the vote.
“Monday I got a text saying I was nominated,” Frazier said. “It was great to find out that I was and it is great to have the fans and the friends and family who are always supportive.
“It is good to know we have a lot of big supporters this year.”
Frazier is 18-1 in his high school career at Salado (22-3-1), and this season he has surrendered less than 20 hits and has an ERA under 1.00. And he also helps himself out at the plate. The junior hitting over .500 with two home runs this season.
“Early this season, I was struggling but toward the beginning of district I honestly stopped caring as much and just started going up there and hitting the ball hard,” Frazier said.
Salado coach Chad Krempin believes Frazier is not just one of the best pitchers in the area, but maybe the best all-around baseball player.
“Casey was the newcomer of the year in district last year and probably could have won the MVP in a 3A district as a sophomore,” Krempin said. “Every time he goes out, he gives us a great chance to win ... he is just a really good pitcher and does a great job at the plate as well.”
Finishing second in the voting was Gatesville sophomore pitcher Evan Edmiston, who garnered 205 votes Edmiston, who usually does not hit for the Hornets, was 3 for 3 with a home run and four RBIs, while also pitching a six-inning shutout against Lampasas. In third place was Shoemaker’s Roberto Delgado.
The junior pitcher struck out 11, walked five and gave up one earned run on five hits in a 2-1 win over Temple and was 3 for 5 with an RBI in a win over Copperas Cove. Belton’s Chase Sortor rounded out the voting.