Fort Frye’s Tyler Bradford to play baseball at Potomac State
BEVERLY — Tyler Bradford was both an All-Ohio baseball and football honoree at Fort Frye High.
The thing is, the former Cadet, who graduated this past spring, will only be playing one of these sports at the collegiate level, and he’s decided it will be baseball.
“I think I’ve been playing the game since I was old enough to walk,” said the 6-foot-1, 208-pound Bradford.
Next spring, Bradford will be hitting and pitching for Potomac State College of West Virginia University, a two-year junior college in Keyser, W.Va.
Last season, the Doug Little-coached Catamounts posted a 35-11 record.
The PS baseball program has enjoyed a winning tradition over the years, and many of its players, after obtaining their associates degree, have gone on to compete at the NCAA Division I level and even signed professional contracts. John Kruk and Mike Duvall are two of the school’s notable alumni who have played in the major leagues.
When Bradford arrives on campus, he’ll know at least one Catamount player — southpaw pitcher Brandon Schamp of Marietta High, who was a freshman last season.
Chase Weihl was also on the 2018 PS roster, but the former Warren Warrior has moved on.
In Bradford’s senior season on the diamond, he helped Sonny Bidwell-led Fort Frye compile a 16-6 overall record and claim the Pioneer Valley Conference (PVC) with a 7-1 mark. A southpaw, he was one of four Cadets to earn all-conference honors. (Tate Engle, Luke Nelson, and Logan Isner were the other three.)
This past season, Bradford batted .419 with three home runs, seven doubles, one triple, and a team-high 28 ribbies.
On the bump, he was 2-2 with a 0.73 ERA. In 30 innings pitched, he struck out 51, walked 11 and allowed just 15 hits and three earned runs.
Bradford’s pitching repertoire includes a fastball, curve, slider, change, and knuckler. His heater has been clocked in the mid to high 80s.
When Bradford was a junior, he led the Mid-Ohio Valley in hitting with a .526 batting average. He also drove in 24 runs, had 11 doubles and stole nine bases.
On the hill, he was 9-1 with a 0.98 ERA. In 64.1 innings of work, he fanned 105 opposing batters.
Currently, Bradford is competing for the Todd Engle-coached Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 baseball squad. Last summer, he helped BevLow (27-16) finish runner-up in the Ohio American Legion Baseball Senior State Tournament in Lancaster and advance to the Great Lakes Regional at Mercy Field in Toledo.
Bradford, whose favorite subject is math, was the owner of a 3.4 GPA (grade point average) at Fort Frye.
He is the son of Randall and Ricki Bradford.
“My dad pushes me to be the best that I can be,” the younger Bradford said. “He’s pretty much taught me everything I know.”