Bryan Frichter, San Angelo Colts heavy-hitting infielder, is on pace to be the United League Baseball’s first .400 hitter.
The question is, can he keep that pace?
The 6 foot, 180-pound Frichter just seems to be improving each year. Hitting at a .441 rate, it is nearly 40 points above his mark last year, his first with the league-leading Colts (34-15). He missed nearly a dozen games this season, when he was out with a broken nose.
He also leads in stolen bases with 25.
Frichter is a native of Chalmette, La., located near New Orleans and a city that was completely destroyed by Hirricane Katrina.
In 2008, he hit .349 for the Colts, with 12 home runs, 62 RBIs and 72 runs scored.
Prior to that he played two years for Southeastern Louisiana University. In 2007, he played all 55 games for the school, batting .319, with 15 doubles.
Colts Field Manager Doc Edwards says that Frichter is greatly responsible for the fact the ballclub is out in front in the ULB. “He is talented and he works toward perfection,” Edwards said.
A former Colt, John Anderson, holds the ULB batting record, with a .390 mark, set in 2006, the league’s inaugural year.
Frichter is one of three Colts whose hitting is among the top 10. The others are Jason Landreth, fourth with a .347 mark, and Butch Ballez, 10th at .326.
It’s not been just the hitting that has kept the Colts in first place with the season more than 60 percent completed: they have some of the best hurlers in the ULB in Chandler Barnard (9-1), Brian Henschel (7-3), who is first in ERAs at 1.81, and Ezequiel Anastacio (6-1).
The Amarillo Dillas (28-23), meanwhile, lead the pack of four clubs trying to stay in the running for the playoffs.
They are followed by the Edinburg Roadrunners (24-27) the Coastal Bend Thunder (24-27) and the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings (23-28). Laredo brings up the rear at 18-33.
The Colts have won eight of their last 10 games, while the Dillas have won six of 10. Edinburg has won five, the Wings and Broncos four, while Coastal Bend has only won three of the last 10.
Landreth leads in home runs with 13, Trent Lockwood of Amarillo has 11 and Laredo’s Argelis Nunez has eight.
Landreth leads in RBIs with 52, Lockwood has 47, Amarillo’s Terrance McClain has 39 and Nunez has 38.
The Colts still lead in team batting, at .296. Second is Amarillo, .293, followed by Laredo, .282; Rio Grande Valley, .278; Edinburg, .263; and Coastal Bend, .257.
The Dillas have the most players, four, among the top 10 in hitting.
They are Keanon Simon, second at .358, Terrance McClain, fourth, with a .347, Stanzel Smith, sixth, .339, and Carlos Figueroa, seventh, .332.
Other top 10 hitters include:
Nunez, .3.248; Robert Matlock, Edinburg, .325; and Brian Nichols, Rio Grande Valley, .335.
Frichter leads in stolen bases, with 25, followed by Dustin Smith, Coastal Bend, 23.
WhiteWings closer Julio Santana has the most saves, 13, followed by Chase Vacek with 10.
Through August 7 — Amarillo at Edinburg, Rio Grande Valley at Coastal Bend and Laredo at San Angelo. August 8-11 — Coastal Bend at Amarillo, Laredo at Edinburg and San Angelo at Rio Grande Valley. August 12-15 — Laredo at Amarillo, San Angelo at Coastal Bend and Edinburg at Rio Grande Valley.