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Froneberger signs with Alabama St.

By Doug Gorman

Josh Froneberger remembers the first time he hit a home run as a young T-ball player.

His mother Patricia Harris can still see her son stealing home to lead the Forest Park Rangers in an American Amateur Baseball Congress tournament game a few years later.

Wednesday afternoon, mother and son collected another baseball memory as Froneberger signed a baseball scholarship to Alabama State University in Montgomery.

"I really prayed hard that this day would happen," said Harris. "I know he is making the right decision."

Froneberger has helped put the Panthers baseball team back on the map. For a time, Forest Park was ranked in the Class AAAA gabaseball.net Top-10 coaches' poll.

The turnaround can be attributed to Quinton King, the Panthers' first-year coach, who has breathed new life back into the once stagnant baseball program.

"He has brought a winning attitude to the team," said Froneberger. "He has made us believe in ourselves."

King returns the compliments when addressing what Froneberger has meant to the new coach.

"He is a great baseball player," said King. "He is a coachable player with great ability. It's been great having this type of leader on the team in my first year."

Froneberger is expected to play short stop in college, but could also see some action from the mound in a relief role.

"It doesn't matter where you put Josh on the field," said King. He is going to do a good job."