Henrichsen to play baseball at Ala. State

By Doug Gorman

Forest Park seniors Gerald Hinrichsen and Josh Froneberger's friendship dates back to their days as T-ball players in local recreation leagues.

It won't end with graduation. The two Forest Park baseball players will continue to be teammates and friends in college after Hinrichsen signed a baseball scholarship to Alabama State University Friday afternoon.

The pipeline to Alabama State started earlier this month when Froneberger signed with the school to also play baseball.

Hinrichsen is glad he is starting his college career at the same school as his good friend.

"It takes the pressure off," he said. "It's good to be going away from home with somebody you know."

Froneberger said he influenced Hinrichsen some, and that the plan was always to go to school together.

"If he signed first, I was going to go to school with him, and since I signed first, he was going to go away to school with me," Froneberger said.

The two friends plan to also room together when they report to school later this summer.

Hinrichsen helped the Panthers to their best season in years. For a time, the Panthers flirted with making the playoffs for the first time in several years.

"It was exciting being part of a team that turned things around," Hinrichsen said. "We really stepped it up this year."

He is expected to play first base and pitch at the college level.

Forest Park first-year coach Quinton King inherited a program full of talented seniors, include Hinrichsen.

"He was one of our leaders from the beginning," King said. "He is a really hard working kid. He very humble and deserves this."