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February 7, 2013

In your prep pantheon, don’t forget Frazier

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LITTLEAXE —

Whatever company of high school athletic greatness you want to keep, her presence only props it up.

Get to know her.

“I literally grew up only thinking about softball,” she said. “To this day, I don’t know what I really want to do once I get to college, because all I’ve ever thought about is playing softball.”

It’s kind of cool, because it’s hard to trust anybody who has their life all mapped out before they’ve picked up their first syllabus. Also, it’s kind of cool that her ticket to college is softball and it’s likely there, where softball will have taken her, where she’ll figure out her life beyond softball.

Sounds like fun.

It will happen even as softball takes her places she’s never been, like all the stops in the Summitt League — Denver, Ft. Wayne, Ind., Indianapolis, Fargo, Oakland County, Mich., Omaha, Brookings, S.D., Vermillion, S.D., and Macomb, Ill. — and Hawaii, too, a trip the ‘Roos take semi-annually.

“I hate to leave,” Frazier said, “but I can’t wait to get there.”

She throws a fastball, a changeup, a sinker, a curve, a screwball and a riser and throws them all for strikes, though she admits to wishing she would throw her changeup for more strikes.

Yet, while a buffet line of pitches is helpful, it’s still mostly tangential to the success she’s helped create for coach Mike Bread’s Indian softball program.

“She’s always had this ability, and I don’t think it’s anything you can coach; it comes along with your personality and how you get yourself ready,” Bread said. “One thing I’ve always noticed about Andee is that kids around her and behind her really want to play behind her.”

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