Frey answers YSU's call
By Mike Kovak, Staff writer
Alex Frey made a bet a couple years ago with a few friends from Trinity High School. They didn't believe Frey would continue to play three sports - football, basketball and baseball.
Not only did Frey win the bet, he lettered in all three from his sophomore year until Trinity's 2009 baseball season ended with a loss to Grove City in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs.
Listed at 5-8 and 165 on the Hillers' football roster, chances are not many believed Frey would continue his athletic career at the Division I level.
Again, Frey defied the odds.
One of the top pitchers in the WPIAL the past two years, Frey will take his talents to Youngstown State University and play for the Penguins in 2010.
"I had some really good schools talking to me and a few Division I schools wanted me to sign early, but I didn't feel comfortable with that," Frey said Wednesday. "Youngstown got a hold of me and that came to see where I stand as a pitcher."
Frey chose Youngstown State - a member of the Horizon League and coached by Rich Pasquale, a nephew of Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona - over Indiana (Pa.)3, Seton Hill, Slippery Rock, Marietta and several others.
Youngstown State was among several schools that had trouble getting in touch with Frey.
"There was something mixed up with my number. They said they called me and I didn't return any calls," Frey said. "There were some other schools that said the same thing."
Were Frey a few inches taller, the list of schools calling for him would be longer. After all, not many lefties in the area hit 87 mph on the radar gun.
"I would like to think that. I always talked to my coaches about having a couple more inches," Frey said. "They told me I wouldn't be who I am if I was taller."
Ask Trinity football coach Ed Dalton, boys basketball coach Joe Dunn or baseball coach Levi Bristor and each offers a similar description - tough, gritty and a winner.
As a senior, Frey went 5-0 with more than 70 strikeouts to go with seven wins, one save and 83 strikeouts during his junior season.
In football, Frey was a two-way starter at wide receiver and defensive back in helping Trinity to another WPIAL Class AAA playoff appearance. He earned All-Big Seven Conference honors and was being recruited by several Division II and III schools. In basketball, Frey started at guard and helped the Hillers reach the WPIAL playoffs as a senior.
"It feels great, and it's something I'm proud of," Frey said. "I wish we could have gone farther in football, basketball and especially baseball. I didn't think it was our time to go but that's baseball. I'm proud of where Trinity sports is."
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