Cam Frederick

Cam Frederick helped Lincoln Southwest reach the state tournament last season. 

The chance to play Division I baseball kept Lincoln Southwest’s Cam Frederick in the weight room for those extra reps. It inspired him to work on his swing so often this spring that his coaches left the portable batting practice equipment on the field for him.

Yet Frederick isn’t sure he has fully grasped these past few days.

The senior-to-be committed to play for Creighton. He met with the coaches last week. He announced his pledge on Twitter Wednesday.

It’s the kind of moment that helped motivate him for months. But he’s still processing it all.

“I think we’re all always thinking about playing Division I baseball or playing at a high level,” Frederick said. “It kind of seems not real. Maybe it hasn’t really set in yet. But it’s kind of crazy to get the opportunity. I’m excited for it.”

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The shortstop is deserving, his coach said.

Frederick has committed countless hours to improving his arm strength and defense. He hit .316 in helping Southwest reach state this past spring. Silver Hawks coach Mitch Vernon said Frederick batted over .400 during the summer’s American Legion season.

The speedy Frederick is a proven base-stealing threat, too. Vernon remembers Frederick getting caught once this summer — the first time in a year. But even that aspect needs work, Frederick said.

“I’m trying to make myself better every day,” he said.

The Southwest practice field proved it. There were worn spots on the infield where Frederick would drag out the pitcher’s BP screen, Vernon said. The second-year coach chuckles when he thinks back to how often he saw Frederick at the field.

Frederick regularly brought his dad to the diamond to throw to him or smack grounders his way. If Dad was busy, his brothers, teammates or friends stood in.

“He’s just been all around a great model of exactly what you’re supposed to do at almost any given moment, whether it’d be at practice, in games,” Vernon said. “He’s always competing.”

Frederick doesn’t intend to let up, either.

He said the Creighton staff didn’t give him specific directives for his final year of high school ball. Just have fun, they said.

Frederick plans to. But he also has a new goal.

“I think about how much I want to play at that highest level and compete at the highest level,” he said. “Hopefully, I can go into a program as big as Creighton and leave a footprint when I’m done.”

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