Senior Justin Frushour threw 5 1-3 dominant innings and belted a three-run homer to lead the Cadets to a 10-3 win in FHS’s season opener against Woodlawn.
“He’s been waiting for this day,” said Frederick coach Phil Rhodes. “He’s just excited about this season. He feels that this is the season where he has tobe the man.”
Frushour has been a key Frederick pitcher since his sophomore year, and his seasoning showed Tuesday.
Frushour held Woodlawn hitless
for 4 2-3 innings. Gabe Williams ended
Frusbour’s no-hit bid with a soft liner
to shallow right field in the fifth inning.
Frushour struck out 11, walked two single in Frederick’s five-run fifth. and gave up three hits before leaving with a 10-1 lead in the sixth inning.
“If (Frushour) was down in Baltimore County, he’d be one of the best in the county, he’d be in the top three,” said Woodlawn coach Rob Plummer. “We never hit that way. He handcuffed our power hitters, mixed up his pitches, had good velocity and had a very good slider.”
Frushour. a right hander, recently added the slider with help from his older brother Jason,who starred at Frederick High before going onto play at West Virginia University.
“My brother, he’s my pitching coach,” said Frushour, adding that Jason’s help has made a difference. “I felt good (Tuesday),and the guys played great defense behind me.”
Like his older brother, Justin Frushour also contributed with the bat. Frushour’s three-run shot over the left-center field fence, his first high school homer gave Frederick a 3-0 lead. Frushour also hit an RBI single in Fredericks five run fifth.
Joe Brzeczek, who joins Frushour as a top returning pitcher, also led the Cadets offensively After seeing limited at-bats last year, Brzeczek went 3 for 3 with two doubles and two RBI Tuesday.
The Cadets have been working on Brzeczek’s batting because they want to use him at second base this year.
“We call him “the project” because Breeze has to his this year. Rhodes said “He has worked hard “
Brzeczek’s RBI single ignited a two-run fourth which would prove to be all the offense the Cadets needed Josh Markey’s two run single sparked Frederick’s five run fifth inning rally, which also included an RBI single from Kyle Knott.