With one swing of his big bat Tuesday, Jake Fromm helped write a storybook ending to an already fairy-tale youth baseball career.
Playing in his final high school baseball game prior to early graduation and enrollment at Georgia in January, the junior belted a Loganville pitch over the foul pole in left field to give Houston County a 4-0 lead in the GHSA Class AAAAA championship game and start a snowball effect towards a Bears’ title.
In the ensuing argument over whether Fromm’s home run was fair or foul, two Red Devils coaches were ejected, the Loganville players lost their composure, and Fromm’s teammates ignited. Houston County outscored Loganville 8-0 the rest of the way to win 12-0 by the mercy rule in five innings.
“That at-bat for me happened so fast,” said Fromm, who has one more season of high school football remaining at Houston County before joining the Georgia football program in January. “It was the first pitch, and the ball felt good off of the bat. I knew the ball was going a long way. I just didn’t know if it was going to be fair or foul. We used the momentum, and it’s just awesome.”
Fromm ends his youth baseball career having played in a Little League World Series and winning two GHSA Class AAAAA championships in three years. He was just a freshman when Houston County won its first state championship in 2014.
“It’s just incredible,” Fromm said. “Growing up, I’ve played so much baseball with these guys, and honestly this one means more than the one my freshman year because I was a role player. This year just means so much to me, my family and my teammates. It’s unbelievable.”
While Fromm will hang up his spikes in favor of football cleats, Fromm will carry the memory of a baseball adolescence that only few could imagine.
“I’m going to miss baseball,” Fromm said. “I’ve played it my entire life. I used to be a baseball player and I rarely thought about football, but it’s great to go out with a bang.”