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Fristoe Signs Baseball Scholarship With Mississippi State

Paducah Tilghman High School senior Jackson Fristoe signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Mississippi State University at a signing ceremony held at PTHS on November 13. 

Fristoe is ranked by Perfect Game and Prep Baseball Report as the number one 2020 baseball player and right-handed pitcher in Kentucky. This past summer, Jackson was selected as one of 80 high school players in the country to participate in Major League Baseball and USA Baseball’s inaugural Prospect Development Pipeline League and was selected for Perfect Game National, East Coast Pro and Area Code Games. 

This spring will be Fristoe’s sixth year on Paducah Tilghman’s varsity baseball team.   

As a 7th grader, Fristoe had multiple varsity starts as a 2nd baseman and in 8th grade was a full-time varsity starter. He moved to 3rd base as a freshman, and received All-District honors with a .409 batting average and 29 RBIs.  

Fristoe became a starting pitcher for PT as a sophomore with a fastball up to 91 MPH. He struck out 41 batters and hit 38 RBIs and three home runs, winning All-District, KHSBCA Sophomore All-Star and All Purchase.  

As a junior, Fristoe was named to the All-District and All Purchase teams and was a KHSBCA Junior All Star. He was one of the team’s top performers in hitting with 9 doubles, 6 triples, 3 homeruns and 36 RBIs. As a pitcher he averaged two strikeouts per inning with a fastball up to 95 MPH.   

“Jackson doesn’t act like someone who is one of the best players in the country,” said PTHS head baseball coach Tremayne Donald. “He works extremely hard on and off the field. He’s a hard-nosed competitor that wants to be the best at everything he does.” 

Fristoe said he appreciated how welcome he and his family felt on their visit to Mississippi state.

“The biggest factor for me in choosing Mississippi State was the coaches,” said Fristoe. “Coach Lemonis and his staff treated me like I was already playing for them and made me feel like one of the guys when I visited.” 

Posted Wednesday, November 13, 2019