Frye helps Bambies bring home softball crown

Jordan Frye hit home runs in St Hubert’s semifinal and championship games, both wins. CONTRIBUTED

It’s almost like it was fate.

Jordan Frye really wasn’t considering St. Hubert High School as a possibility. The Cheltenham native happened to be driving by the school during an open house so she decided to check it out.

After that, she was destined to be a Bambie.

“We were driving by, and my aunt went to the school so we wanted to just stop by and look at it,” Frye said. “Once I went in, I just loved it. I loved everything about it. The school, the people. I knew that I wanted to go there.”

Since she lives just outside the city boundaries, Frye didn’t know many people headed to the school. But now after almost four full years there, she couldn’t be happier with the decision she made.

And if she didn’t know before last week, it was solidified when the Bambies won the Catholic League softball championship.

Frey had three hits, including two doubles and a two-run home run, and a walk, to help Hubert knock off previously unbeaten Cardinal O’Hara 6-5 in nine innings at La Salle University. It was the fifth championship in school history for the Bambies, and the first time Frye held the prestigious plaque.

She did play in a championship game as a sophomore, but Hubert fell short.

Now she’s going out on top.

“It still feels unreal, I can’t believe we did it,” said Frye, whose team dropped a 14-4 decision to O’Hara in its Catholic League opener in March. “We wanted to get into the playoffs because our coach kept telling us we’re going to be hard to beat in the playoffs. And we were. We played better every game.”

The Bambies didn’t get off to a great start this year. They lost their opener, two of their first three games and after eight games were 5-3 and in the middle of the pack.

The key to the season wasn’t starting strong. It was ending it on top.

“We didn’t want to lose early, but we played a lot better the more we played together,” said Frye, a third baseman who scored the winning run after a double in the ninth inning. “Our coaches helped us and gave us a lot of confidence. We had the mentality that we were going to get better and we did. We believed.

“We had talent, but I think the reason we won was because of our hearts. Our goal was to win it all, and we had our hearts into it. We played with a lot of heart. We had talent, too, but I think our heart is what helped get us to where we are.”

The Bambies aren’t done.

They still have to play Central on Wednesday in the District 12 championship. A win there would send the Bambies into the state playoffs. The main goal was to win a Catholic League championship, but now that they’ve overcome that one, why not keep winning?

“I just want to keep playing with this team,” Frye said. “I didn’t know anyone on the team, but I think two girls, I knew a little before coming here. Now I spend all the time with them, playing or practicing or hanging out. I want to keep playing with them as much as possible.

“It still hasn’t hit me that we won. We wanted this so bad. It feels so good to get it.”

Frye has been a star on the diamond all year. She was a first-team All-Catholic selection and was extremely hot in the postseason, hitting home runs in both the semifinals and the championship. But Frye, who also swims for the Bambies, also stars in the classroom.

Frye is a member of student council and has been in the National Honor Society for the last two years.

Next year, she will continue her softball career at Jefferson University, where she plans on majoring in psychology.

“That was a good school for me because I really liked it, it’s a good Division II program and it’s great for academics,” said Frye, who hit third in the order for the Bambies. “I want to go there and play, but school is the most important thing. It’s a great school, academically.”

Frye hopes she has the same experience at Jefferson that she had in high school, but that’s some lofty standards for the college to live up to.

Frye was a few weeks away from not going to Hubert, but the decision to go there completely changed her life.

And it couldn’t have worked out any better.

“Winning the softball championship was the greatest feeling,” Frye said. “But I think the thing I’ll miss most about Hubert’s is the people. The teachers, the girls and my coaches. Just being around good people.

“It is such a good school. I’m excited about graduating but I want to keep playing with these girls as long as I can. I’m so glad I went there. Winning the championship is the best way to go out.”