In its 29th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Joe Freiday of Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School as its 2013-14 Gatorade Massachusetts Baseball Player of the Year. Freiday is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Baseball Player of the Year to be chosen from Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound senior catcher has led the Trojans to an 18-2 record and a berth in the inaugural Super 8 state tournament. Entering the postseason, Freiday owned a .483 batting average with seven home runs, 33 RBI and a slugging percentage of 1.052. An ESPN Boston All-State, Brockton Enterprise All-Scholastic and a First Team All-Old Colony League selection as a junior, he is a Perfect Game Preseason High School First Team All-Northeast Region selection.
Freiday has maintained a 3.15 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally delivering holiday meals to the needy and providing Christmas gifts for hospitalized children.
“I think Freiday is the best player I’ve seen in Massachusetts in the last few years,” said Bill Maloney, head coach at Brockton High. “He has a ton of power, and even his outs are hard-hit balls. You can’t run on him at all because he’s got such a good release, he’s really accurate and he’s probably throwing about 92 MPH down to second.”
Freiday has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Virginia Tech this fall.
Freiday joins recent Gatorade Massachusetts Baseball Players of the Year Ben Bowden (2012-13, Lynn English High School), Rhett Wiseman (2011-12, Buckingham Browne & Nichols), John Gorman (2010–11, Catholic Memorial School), Kevin Ziomek (2009-10, Amherst Regional), Kyle McKenzie (2008–09, Thayer Academy), Scott Weismann (2007-08, Acton-Boxborough), and Jack McGeary (2006-2007, Roxbury Latin School) among the state’s list of former award winners.