Two LaGrange College graduates share a lifelong bond

Published 9:30 am Saturday, May 4, 2024

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From Coweta County to LaGrange to the University of Athens, Logan Frady and Christian Dyer journeys have been intertwined. The two met when they were just kids playing t-ball and from there they joined the same travel ball team, and faced off against each other in high school before playing, however briefly, on the same college baseball team. LaGrange College has been a special place for these two and saying goodbye to their home away from home is going to be hard as they graduate over the weekend. 

“I walked into campus the other day and was like ‘dang, this is the last time I will be walking to a class here,’” Frady said. “It really hasn’t sunk in yet, but I think when I leave in July I when I pack up all my stuff and realize that I won’t be coming back.”

Dyer added that he “hasn’t moved in three years, so it will be tough to have to pack everything up and say goodbye.”

Dyer was not thinking about grad school until Frady put it on his radar and now the rest is history. “At first, I didn’t want to go to grad school. I kind of want to just start out working after this year and just kind of start getting experience. But then he talked about going to Georgia, and Georgia was one of  my dream schools if I didn’t play baseball, going out of high school. And so that kind of piqued my interest.”

The two look and talk like polar opposites. Dyer is taller, slimmer with a thick beard covering a youthful face while Frady is shorter, stockier and clean shaven. While Dyer speaks softly and slowly, Frady fires over a word a minute. The two perfectly compliment each other as any lifelong friendship should. 

Their journeys at LaGrange College may have reached their end, but college life together will still be going strong heading into the fall. Both have been accepted into the University of Georgia’s graduate program. They may be finding a new place to live, but the two will still be occupying the same living space.

“We have been roommates for the last two years here and we are going to be roommates together in Athens too,” Frady said. “I never would have thought we’d be roommates for so long when we started off at different schools.”

Frady had to say goodbye to baseball coming into this year while Dyer is wrapping up his baseball career in the coming days. It was a tough goodbye, but the two feel content with what they have been able to accomplish on the diamond. 

“It’s not been as hard as I thought it was gonna be,” Dyer said. “We had our senior day Sunday and I thought it was a little bit harder than it was. But honestly, I’ve kind of hit a point where I’m satisfied with my time here and I’m ready to move on and kind of start a new challenge or new new opportunity but the main thing that will be the hardest to move on from is just the guys that I played with for so long.”

It has been a long and winding road to get to the point where they played college ball together. Dyer joined LaGrange College right out of high school while Frady went the community college route for his first two years. When looking for his next step, LaGrange College eventually began to stand out.

“Originally I didn’t want to come here, but I came for a visit and loved it and loved what the baseball program was doing here,” Frady said. “ I ended up getting cut from the team after last season, but it was special to get to play on the same team one last time together.”

For one season in 2022-23, the two shared the diamond for one final ride. It was special for the two after having to duel against each other at High Schools on the opposite side of town. Frady played at East Coweta while Dyer attended Northgate where the two shared some memorable games against each other.

“I hit a triple that eventually led us to win my junior year and his senior year, he had the go ahead double which allowed him to win,” Frady said as they reminisced and shared a laugh. 

It has been a long and winding road to get to the University of Georgia. And although they are trading in one shade of red and black for another, LaGrange College will always hold a special place in both of their hearts.