Patience pays off for Wave’s Frasca
Published 3:11 pm, Wednesday, June 24, 2015
They say patience is a virtue; and for Jake Frasca good things did come to he who waited.
Frasca, now graduated, played shortstop for the Darien baseball team this past season, he also pitched a little and was Darien’s best hitter, batting third in the order.
Led by Frasca and a core of seniors the Blue Wave had one of their best seasons in recent memory. Darien won the regular season FCIAC title and was eliminated in the second round of the CIAC playoffs by Greenwich.
“I was happy to be a part of it,” Frasca said of the season. “I didn’t play at all last year, it was difficult watching us lose in the playoffs last year but this year it was even more painful. It was an awesome family we had this year, we worked our butts off every day in practice, we went hard against every team and we played our brand of baseball with the exception of two games.”
Jake headlined a prolific offense that scored runs almost at will, averaging over 12 runs a game at the end of the regular season.
“That’s unheard of,” Frasca said of his team’s ability to score. “When your eight-hitter is batting .500 its going to pick up the top of our order, our bats showed up for pretty much every game, it was essential to have that kind of power through our lineup.”
Frasca wasn’t exactly a new face in the Blue Wave lineup this year, but he was one of the few guys who hadn’t returned as a starter from the previous season. Darien returned its entire outfield, first baseman, catcher, designated hitter and No. 1 starting pitcher from 2014. That experience and leadership was the ultimate motivator for Darien’s run.
“I think we paved the way for the younger guys in practice,” Frasca said. “And having Stephen Barston on the mound as a second year starter was huge, he pitched all the big games, he only lost twice in his career so having that kind of leadership was awesome.”
Despite playing sparingly until this point Frasca was courted by division three Suffolk University in Boston. Frasca was lured to the school on two fronts.
First he has family in the area and is expecting a nephew in the near future, and secondly the program afforded him the opportunity to start right away. Frasca expects to continue as a shortstop at the next level and hopes to be able to pitch as well.
When reminiscing on his favorite memories of the past season Frasca’s first thought was an incident that happened off the field. In a rain delay against Fairfield Warde the Blue Wave and Mustangs had a replica jousting match. One player would sit on the shoulders of a teammate, donned in catchers gear and wielding a bat as their lance.
Someone recorded the video and it was picked up by several websites, ultimately receiving over 50,000 views.
But when it came down to it there was only one way a true Darien athlete could go when deciding their best moment of any season.
“Beating New Canaan,” Frasca said. “On their turf, in front of their fans—that was awesome.”