East Bladen grad Carson Ryan Frady received All-Mid-Atlantic District honors this past season for his exploits in club baseball at North Carolina State University.
As a senior this past season, Frady posted a perfect 5-0 record with 55 strike-outs in 44 innings. His strike-out total was the fifth best in the country for club baseball.
The Mid-Atlantic District is composed of 18 club teams from North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Ohio. Frady was named All-District First Team as a pitcher and All-District Third Team as an outfielder. Frady also received Honorable Mention All-American honors as a pitcher.
Frady patrolled right-field for the Wolfpack when he wasn’t pitching and recorded 12 assists from the outfield. He was the only player in N. C. State Club Baseball history to make All-District for two positions in the same season.
Frady played club baseball for three seasons at N. C. State and saw action at every position but catcher and first base. He was unable to play his junior year due to a broken thumb.
In his final game at State, Frady pitched a complete-game 3-hitter, struck out ten batters and allowed only one earned run in a 16-3 victory over Elon. At the plate Frady walloped a double and a home run, scored 3 runs and drove in 4 runs.
Frady finished his club career with a 12-1 record on the mound. At the plate he batted .355 for his final season and ranked in the top 25 in several batting categories.
Coming out of East Bladen, Frady chose to attend N. C. State despite receiving interest from Division 3 schools and junior colleges. Coach Robbie Allen of Brunswick Community made the suggestion that Frady tryout for the club team at N. C. State. He was one of over 100 trying out, made the team and saw time immediately at pitcher and shortstop.
Club baseball is prevalent at colleges throughout the country. The N. C. State Club team had players that were All-Conference, All-Region and All-State in high school, some had played junior college or Division 3 baseball and two of the players had actually played Division I baseball before transferring to State.
“I had a fantastic experience with the NCSU club team,” said Frady. “ It allowed me to continue playing the sport I love throughout college at a high level of competition. We beat most of the D3 and JuCo schools we played. “
“I was able to keep my grades up and graduate on time,” Carson continued. “Our team was very close, much like a fraternity. I am sure the friendships made will last a lifetime. I would definitely recommend club sports to any high school athlete that wants to continue playing without the time and rigors of varsity collegiate sports.”
Frady is currently working with National Spinning as a management trainee.
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