Rebel catcher Matthew Fraser signs national letter of intent
Riverside baseball standout Matthew Fraser inked a national letter of intent with Metropolitan Community College-Longview in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday morning at Riverside High School in Lake City. The all-conference catcher is a three-year starter for the Rebels and has helped Riverside to three consecutive state tournament berths.
The left-handed swinging Fraser hit .312 as a freshman, .283 as a sophomore when the Rebels finished 25-4 and advanced to the state semifinals before batting .370 as a junior with 22 RBI and 41 runs scored. Fraser had an incredible .586 on base percentage last season.
"I am very proud of Matthew," said Rebel Coach Ben Hoggard. "He is a player that has worked very hard and gotten better every year. MCC is getting a very good defensive catcher that has handled several very good pitchers for us. I am grateful that I have gotten to see him grow as a player and as a person these past three years. I can't wait to see what his senior season holds for him."
Fraser says he chose Longview because he felt like it was home. "I just felt like it was the place I needed to be. I plan on staying there for two years and then going on to a bigger university, hopefully at the D-1 level. I feel like junior college is the best route for me right now. I really like the coaching staff and the whole atmosphere. I am looking forward to my senior season at Riverside. We only lost one senior from last season and we are hoping to make a deep run in the state tournament this year," Fraser said.