Frenzel joins Wisconsin summer team
A UCLA first baseman's bad luck benefitted the first baseman for the rival Arizona Wildcats.
Wildcats sophomore-to-be Cole Frenzel, a Dickinson High School graduate, arrived in Wisconsin on Friday to begin playing for the LaCrosse Loggers' summer wood-bat baseball team in the Northwoods League.
Loggers general manager Chris Goodell said Frenzel will take over a first baseman spot left vacant after UCLA's Dean Espy, who had previously committed to playing in LaCrosse, injured his hand after punching a bench in the dugout Tuesday night during the Bruins' College World Series loss to South Carolina.
Frenzel said he was nearly ready to sign a contract to play for the Alexandria (Minn.) Beetles before LaCrosse called.
"Espy was supposed to come here and he got hurt, so they called me right before I committed to Alexandria," Frenzel said.
Frenzel agreed to play for the Loggers on Thursday after taking nearly a month away from baseball to spend time with his family and friends.
"I got a nice little break, got to spend time with my family and go fishing a little bit," Frenzel said.
The Loggers look to be a good fit for Frenzel since they have Arizona third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean and several players from other Pac-10 schools.
"He looks like he is going to be a real nice fit for us," Goodell said.
Goodell added that the Loggers are also excited about Frenzel because he knows his way around wood bats. The 20-year-old played five years of high school wood-bat baseball for Dickinson High.
"Usually someone who has swung wood before has an advantage coming in," Goodell said.
Frenzel said the Loggers' coaches have told him they expect him to begin playing immediately.
"If they throw me in, I guess I'm ready to go," Frenzel said.