Peterson, Fearing, Frederick enjoy all-star series
Alexandria’s Zach Peterson and Osakis’ Drew Fearing and Jordan Frederick all can say they won their final game at the high school level.
All three local baseball players were part of the Play Ball! Minnesota High School Baseball Coaches Association all-star series that took place in Chanhassen this past weekend. They played for the North team and won their third game after falling in the North’s opening two contests.
“It was actually really fun,” Peterson said. “It’s definitely tougher competition seeing all those city kids, but it was fun playing against the metro teams and the south team.”
The all-star series featured some of the best seniors from around the state split up into four teams. Peterson didn’t collect a hit but played some outfield in the first two games. The Alexandria shortstop was at second base for game three where he turned a double play and made a diving stop before throwing a runner out at first.
Frederick started in left field in games one and three and finished with a walk in four plate appearances. He also pitched 3 2/3 innings in relief during game two, giving up five hits with one strikeout.
Fearing went 2-for-5 with two singles during the series. He stole three bases and got to play his natural position at shortstop in each of the three games as he split time with another player.
“The overall experience was really cool,” Fearing said. “Playing the best competition in Minnesota is pretty sweet and just getting to hang out with guys who love the game like I do. It was just a great time.”
The players at the all-star series also got to take in a banquet on their first night there. The featured speaker was former Twins manager Tom Kelly who spoke for almost a half an hour. Fearing and Frederick both had an opportunity to meet and take a picture with Kelly afterward.
“He was a really nice guy,” Fearing said. “I felt pretty honored to be standing next to a manager that won two World Series.”
All three local players will be going on to play college baseball this coming fall. Fearing is heading to North Dakota State University the last week of August. He’s just getting healthy after dealing with a slight shoulder injury and mononucleosis that he played through during Osakis’ run in the 6AA playoffs.
“I am almost 100 percent right now,” Fearing said. “My shoulder has been bothering me a little bit but other than that, it’s not bad at all. Mono wise I’m pretty much 100 percent. It’s pretty much gone. It was gone a couple weeks after our high school season, and I’m glad because that was just miserable.”
Fearing is back to playing for the Osakis Legion team and also plays for the Osakis Hawks in the Resorters League. Frederick will play college baseball with Scottsdale Community College in Arizona, while Peterson will join the team at St. Cloud State University.
He said he decided to take a break before that and isn’t playing with the Alexandria Legion team this summer. He’ll head to St. Cloud around August 20 before practice starts the following week.