In less than a week, two Carolina Forest baseball players made verbal commitments to NCAA Division I programs.
First, senior pitcher Jakob Frishmuth committed to College of Charleston last Wednesday. Then, on Monday, junior pitcher Bryar Johnson did the same with Coastal Carolina.
Frishmuth, who was also receiving interest from Coastal, Charleston Southern, Anderson University, Winthrop, Gardner-Webb and Wingate, was a crucial piece in Carolina Forest advancing to the Class AAAA Lower State tournament last spring. On the mound as a junior, he was 4-1 with a 0.34 ERA. He gave up just two earned runs in 41 innings, striking out 30 batters in the process.
Stats for Johnson were not immediately available. However, like many of the area’s eventual college signees, he has received a significant boost from his time with the Evoshield Canes summer program, according to Panthers coach Jack Jolly. Johnson was clocked at 90 mph at the Diamond Prospects Palmetto Games earlier this month in Columbia.
He and Frishmuth were among 10 local baseball standouts selected to participate in the Palmetto Games.