There is a common theme among successful teams; a leader.
Whether it’s a vocal leader or someone who goes out and leads by example. For Bishop LeBlond’s baseball team, that leader is senior Frankie Gall.
“He’s a senior leader, he brings a lot of energy and he always comes focused,” Bishop LeBlond catcher Jaren Guck said. “He helps lead the team and sets the example and do the right thing so the young ones will follow.”
Gall has served as the Eagles’ ace on the mound this season has also provided the pop in the middle of the lineup and stability in the outfield.
The senior lefty has a .418 batting average with seven doubles, four triples and three home runs while also carrying a 4.62 earned run averaged in 37.1 innings pitched.
“He’s what I like to call a gamer,” LeBlond coach Myles McLaughlin said. “He’ll get dirty and dive. You need guys like that on your team. He’s a kid that would run through a brick wall for you.”
Even with impressive stat lines, Gall wanted to end his senior season with some hardware and he helped the Eagles do just that in the Class 2 District 16 tournament. LeBlond captured the district title with three shutout wins.
“It’s one of the most exciting things I’ve ever experienced,” Gall said. “It’s been three years straight of losses. Finally got that one, it felt good.”
During the tournament, Gall pitched a pair of no-hitters.
“Big games, you need senior leaders like him to step up,” McLaughlin said. “I always say big players step up in big games and he’s one of those guys.”
The Eagles are hoping to ride that momentum from a district tournament win now in the Class 2 sectional round when LeBlond travels to Scotland County. For Gall, who hopes to play college baseball after his high school career is over, wants to see LeBlond make it a little bit further.
“Just keep doing what you’re doing, just keep doing your job,” Gall said. “That’s what I think.
LeBlond faces off with Scotland County on Monday.