NIPAWIN — Although Kyle Froehlich is looking forward to the spring baseball season, the Nipawin product has already decided the next step in his post-secondary career.
The son of Cory and Jacalyn Froehlich has committed to play in 2022-23 for Northwestern State University in Louisiana. He will compete on scholarship for the Demons, who play at the NCAA Division I level, the best in U.S. university athletics. The Northwestern State baseball coaches are looking at him as a pitcher and designated hitter. Currently the 6-foot, 175-pound Froehlich is studying at Kansas’ Colby Community College.
“I am looking forward to a higher level of baseball,” Froehlich said. “It’s always been a goal of mine to one day play at a Division 1 school and to be able to say I have achieved that goal is a pretty exciting feeling.”
Northwestern State University has a total enrollment of about 10,735 and a few campuses. Froehlich will attend the Natchitoches campus.
“I went on a visit to Northwestern State and had a great time on my visit so that was a really big part of [my decision],” he said. “I really enjoyed meeting the coaches at Northwestern and I think it will be a great program to help me become a better player.””
Muenster product Logan Hofmann played at Northwestern State before being picked in the 5th round of the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. While they were not teammates, both Hofmann and Froehlich played in what is now called the East Central Red Sox U18 AAA program. The two have chatted about Hofmann’s experience in Louisiana.
“He had some great things to say about the program and his time being a Demon,” Froehlich said. “Knowing someone else had a positive experience at the school helped me decide it was the place I wanted to further my education and baseball career.”
A key to Froehlich’s success on the diamond has been his work ethic. This past summer he played for coach Jason Chatwood and the Sylvan Lake Gulls of the Western Major Baseball League.
“The feeling that I get from Kyle is he just tries to find a way to get better every day,” Chatwood said.
With the Gulls, Froehlich displayed a willingness to do whatever he could to help his team. He started the season playing the first base but, due to injuries to teammates, volunteered to play left and right field. As for Froehlich’s pitching, Chatwood said:
“He was electric on the mound for us. He was kind of our Swiss Army knife. He was our closer a lot of the year in a lot of big situations and then we had him have a couple big time starts when we needed him as well.”
Chatwood said the right-handed pitcher has a very good fastball. The coach praised Froehlich for working on the command of his off-speed pitches so that he could throw them in multiple counts.
“He competes around the zone a lot,” Chatwood said. “He locates the ball very, very well.”
In addition to his diamond prowess, Froehlich impressed as a person in Sylvan Lake.
“He’s just a really good kid … He doesn’t take anything for granted,” Chatwood said. “You can tell he comes from a really solid family and a great household. He really cares about his teammates.”
No matter where Froehlich has played, he has had the strong backing of his parents.
“They have been everything for me in my journey to get to where I am,” he said. “They have spent countless hours coaching me, traveling for my games, and teaching me important lessons that not only pertain to baseball but life as well. The raised me to value hard work, dedication and that it is about the process not the outcome and that is a large reason why I have been able to be successful.”
While Northwestern State is his future, Froehlich is currently enjoying his time at Colby Community College. Studying business management, he has succeeded in the classroom. Froehlich was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Academic First Team with a 4.0 grade point average after his first season. He is looking forward to his college team’s spring season.
“My focus is to help my team win any way I can,” he said. “I feel we have a really strong squad this year and I think we have a chance to do something special.”