BRANDON FRALEY, junior, Caravel baseball
THE WEEK: Went 4 for 5 with a triple, three RBIs and three runs scored in a 16-7 win over Cape Henlopen last Wednesday. Then pitched a no-hitter and had a hit, stole a base and scored the winning run in the first inning in a 2-0 victory over Hodgson on Thursday.
THE PITCHING: Fraley pitched a no-hitter in the first start of his high school career. “It went really well,” he said. “I was feeling great. We stuck to the game plan, throw strikes, get after them early and just do your thing.”
THE COACH SAYS: “He has an electric, dynamic arm,” Caravel coach Paul Niggebrugge said. “He’s really developing into a really, really nice pitcher. He’s starting to develop secondary pitches, and he’s such a fierce competitor.”
THE FINAL INNING: Fraley took a perfect game into the seventh inning against Hodgson. Then a hitter reached on an error, and Fraley walked another before finishing the no-hitter. “Throughout the entire game, it’s in the back of your mind, every inning that you go out there,” he said. “But once you start pitching, you completely forget about it. You just think about doing what you need to do to get three outs.”
THE HITTING: Fraley had a four-hit game against Cape Henlopen. “That was definitely a fun day, whenever you have an offensive day like that,” he said. “I was seeing the ball great.”
THE BROTHER: Brandon’s older brother, former Caravel star Jake Fraley, is hitting .301 with 23 RBIs and 11 stolen bases as a sophomore outfielder at No. 1-ranked LSU. “I don’t really feel pressure. It’s more motivation,” Brandon said of following his brother. “You get to see your brother go through that. You get to see what the process really takes. You get to see the work ethic that you truly need to continue. I really think it just helps me.”
THE VERSATILITY: Niggebrugge believes Fraley has a bright future, either as a pitcher or an outfielder. “He’s so athletic. He’s an all-around player,” the coach said. “He’s going to get opportunities to play at the next level. I’m not quite sure where that might be. I have a little bias toward pitching, because I love his arm.”
THE FUTURE: Fraley wants to play college baseball, but is keeping his options open. He has heard from several colleges, including LSU.
THE CLASSROOM: “My favorite subject is chemistry,” Fraley said. “It comes very naturally to me, and everybody else thinks it’s hard.”
– Brad Myers
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