TERRE HAUTE – Cole Frybort was content with the way he went out as a high school baseball player.
As a senior, the North White catcher led the Vikings in batting average and capped his career with a third-straight sectional championship.
Then his phone rang.
Frybort ignored the call from North White coach Kirk Quasebarth. He was at the movie theater and abiding by those annoying messages that warn you about talking on the phone during the film.
Then Quasebarth sent a text to call as soon as possible.
The message awaiting Frybort is that he was going to represent North White in the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association North/South All-Star Series, making him the first Vikings player to do so. Frybort got the nod after another catcher withdrew.
“You look out on the field and you know everyone out here is good,” said a humbled Frybort. “It is an honor to be out here on the field with these guys.”
Frybort went 0-for-3, which included a hard-luck liner that was snagged.
Just being a part of the series was rewarding in itself, however.
Frybort, McCutcheon’s Braden Giroux, Harrison’s Matt McConnell, Central Catholic’s Dylan Kiracofe and Frankfort’s Leo Lopez helped the North secure its first series sweep since 2009 with an 8-3 victory in Saturday’s wooden bat game.
Frybort recognizes the difficulty of getting recognized, especially as a player from a Class A school. He took pride in representing his program against some of the state’s best.
“It’s a huge deal for the community,” Frybort said. “I’ve gotten a lot of calls and texts saying congratulations. It is a really cool thing for them and it’s a cool thing for me to represent the community that way.”
Frybort was among the smallest players competing in the North/South Series at Indiana State University over the weekend, but credited the work ethic instilled by his parents for pushing him to overcome any genetic setbacks.
McCutcheon’s Giroux was a teammate of Frybort when they were younger.
Giroux was happy to see Frybort as a teammate for the North.
“That puts out a good message for younger guys that you don’t have to be the biggest player as long as you come out and respect the game and do the right things, that can bring you a long way,” Giroux said.
Frybort, who will continue his playing career at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, had a desire to be an all-star and to play baseball beyond high school. All the extra cuts in the cage and long summer days seemed to pay off when he took the field as an all-star.
“I put in so much work all four years of high school. My junior year, I was good. My freshman and sophomore year, I did all right,” said Frybort, who hit .447 with one home run and 32 runs batted in for North White as a senior. “This year really gave me validation for all the hard work. I finally had a really good year. I saw the ball better this year.”