ELLENBORO -Life after high school will be like a day at the beach to a certain extent for Ritchie County baseball player Dylan Frye.
During a ceremony Wednesday night at Ritchie County High School, Frye made it official and signed a national letter of intent to continue his baseball career at Division I Coastal Carolina University.
Coastal Carolina is located in Conway, S.C., which is located 15 minutes north of Myrtle Beach.
Photo by Kerry Patrick
During a ceremony Wednesday at Ritchie County High School, senior Dylan Frye, seated in the middle, signed a letter of intent to play Division I baseball for Coastal Carolina University. Seated with Frye, from left, are his father, Brian, and his mother, Cheryl. Pictured in the back row are Ritchie County High School principal Kelly Waggoner and Ritchie County baseball coach Dan Vanoy.
"Since I was a freshman, I've always wanted to go to Coastal Carolina and play ball down there," Frye said. "They have a very good chance to make it to Omaha (Neb.) in the next few years, and that was a big part of the decision.
"Their players work really hard and get after it, and that's what I like."
Frye has started for the Rebels on the varsity level since he was a freshman. His primary position is outfield, but Ritchie County coach Dan Vanoy has been known to use him on the infield. And once in a while on the mound
"Dylan is so athletic, I can use him everywhere," Vanoy said. "He gets a good jump on the ball in the outfield, and gets a good read off the bat. Next spring, I would love to leave him in the outfield because that is his primary position - especially at the next level."
Last season, Coastal Carolina missed by one game from advancing to the Big South Conference title game. However, the Chanticleers managed to earn a regional berth for the seventh straight season. Consecutive losses at the NCAA Blacksburg Regional ended their season at 37-23.
"The main thing I have to get used to is the Division I game speed," Frye said. "I know it's going to be a lot quicker. Those pitchers will be throwing 95, 98 and 100 miles per hour, so I have to get better jumps off the bag because catchers can definitely throw it down at that level."
Frye has been a mainstay at the top of the Ritchie County batting order since he arrived as a freshman. Last season, he batted .400 with eight doubles and 16 runs batted in for a club which lost to Oak Glen 2-1 in eight innings in the Class AA regional semifinals and finished 19-13.
"When Dylan was a freshman, he was able to get the job done," Vanoy said. "He had speed back then. As a freshman, his arm strength was a little questionable but he has developed over the years.
"At Coastal Carolina, I'm not sure how they will use him, but I am sure they will take advantage of his speed and athleticism."
Frye, who maintains a 3.75 grade-point average, plans on majoring in exercise science and perhaps becoming an athletic trainer someday.
"I couldn't be more excited about signing with Coastal Carolina," Frye said. "It's a dream come true, and now it's become reality."