Ryle Raiders Baseball: Welcome

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The Conner Cougars came to Ryle on Monday, April 14 with something to prove and something to play for.  The Cougars were shut out of regional play last year by losing to the Raiders in the first round of the District 33 Tournament.  In addition, with a win over Ryle, Conner Coach "Arlo" would become the winning coach in Conner history.  Not to mention that it was a district seeding game between two big rivals.

Conner started their ace, Univeristy of Cincinnati preferred walk-on Cameron Ross.  He used an arsenal of pitches to keep the Raiders at bay until Brady Ast broke the no-hit bid in the 6th inning with a scortched single that was followed by Anthony Pfaehler's rocket shot RBI-double off the top of the left-center field fence.  Unfortunately, that would be the lone run the Raiders could muster, as they fell 5-1.  Ross pitched a complete game, giving up just 2 hits while striking out ten Ryle batters.  The Raiders still have seeding games left against Boone County and Cooper. 



In the second game of the Doc Morris Tournament on Friday, April 11, the Raiders met the Anderson Redskins at Dixie and came away with a solid 7-0 win behind an outstanding pitching performance by Josh Bellew, who went 6 innings and allowed only 5 hits with 5 K's and 0 BB's.  Jake Ziegelmeyer provided a scoreless final frame.  Ryle plated single runs in the first two innings and then scored two more runs in the 3rd inning on doubles by Jeremy Downs, Ziegelmeyer, and Tom Deters.  Three more runs were scored in the 6th inning - two of them courtesy of another Downs' double - to finish the scoring.  A nice comeback performance by the Raiders after the loss to Dixie.  They will look to maintain momentum tomorrow against a tough Louisville Male team.    



After losing to Boone County by a 3-2 score on Tuesday, April 8, the JV Raiders have reeled off 4 straight victories.  On Wednesday, the Raiders  went to Simon Kenton and earned a 7-3 win behind strong pitching performances by starter Zach Kirschler and reliever Andrew Louden.  Hitting star for the game was Troy Coleman, who went 4 for 4 and drove in several key runs.  On the downside, Coleman injured his wrist during the game and will be sidelined for the next two weeks.

Ryle was on the road for two day games on Wednesday.  The first game against Conner found the Raiders in a 4-1 hole going into the last inning, despite getting a terrific starting pitching performance from Alex Goodridge.  Things looked a bit bleak with two outs and only one runner on base when the Raiders staged a furious comeback.  Keyed by huge RBI hits by Matt Roe, Jon Salmen, and Trent Mills, the Raiders went ahead 6-4.  Noah Gayhart closed out the game to earn the save and the Raiders "coasted" to a tense 6-5 win.  Later that afternoon, the Raiders travelled to Cincinnati and faced the Milford Eagles at their impressive baseball complex.  Max Vickers threw five innings, allowing only 4 hits and 2 runs (one earned), and Andrew Huff pitched two scoreless relief innings.  Down 2-1 after 5 innings, Ryle scored 3 runs in the 6th and 2 more in the 7th to win 6-2.  Matt Roe had a huge 2-run double to key the comeback.

On Friday night, the Raiders again travelled across the river to face Anderson.  While their varsity big brothers were busy thumping Anderson 7-0 in the Doc Morris tourney, the JV also stuck it to Anderson, winning 9-2.  Matt Roe was again one of the stars, this time pitching 5 innings and allowing only one earned run in his first pitching performance of the season.  Andrew Louden had a criucial 2-run single in the 4th inning to put Ryle ahead and another RBI double several innings later to put the game out of reach.   



The rematch of the game earlier this season in which Ryle was defeated 10-0 didn't go exactly as planned either, as the Raiders fall again to the Colonels by a score of 8-3 in the opening round of this weekend's Doc Morris Tournament.

There weren’t a ton of bright spots for the Raiders, as they tallied only five hits. Mason Forbes contributed a sac fly in the 3rd and Marshall Rich had a 2-run single in the last inning to account for the Raiders’ scoring. A 7th-inning rally fell short when Forbes’ flew out deep to CF into a strong wind for the final out with runners on 2nd and 3rd base.

The key to this game was Ryle fielding errors, Colonel runners put on base via walks and hit batsman, and an inability to stop Dixie’s running game, as they stole nine bases. In total, Ryle allowed four unearned runs, making the comeback attempt all the more difficult.

The Raiders look to get back on track on Friday against Anderson (Ohio) at 6:00 p.m. at Dixie Heights High School.


Friday, April 11


The Freshman Raiders took care of business in their rematch against the Covington Catholic, winning by a score of 5-1 and avenging their loss to the Colonels earlier in the season.  This time around, Ryle received a solid pitching performance, backed it with good defense, and the offense contributed some timely hitting. 

Drew Demler took the hill for the Raiders and went 5 innings, allowing only one run (unearned) and four hits, while registering 3 stikeouts.  Dominic Como did a nice job in relief, throwing two scoreless innings and earning the save. 

Offensively, Demler, Ryan Seimer, and Drew Turner each had two base hits, and Turner also contributed two RBI.  Cole Burch put pressure on the CovCath defense by stealing two bases.  Josh Green had a huge RBI single early in the game to break a tied score and let the Colonels know that the Raiders were all business in this game. 

Defensively, Matthew McCord had perhaps the play of the game when he recorded a huge putout at second base on a 1st & 3rd steal attempt by the Colonels.  Zak Smith also logged some nice plays in the outfield, not the least of which was a ball hit over his head in the last inning that he tracked down to take away a sure leadoff double. 

All in all, another fine performance by the Freshman team and a strong indication they are positioning them for a deep end-of-season tournament run in a few weeks.




On Saturday, April 5, the JV Raiders defeated Cooper by a score of 4-0 and allowed JV Head Coach Jim Demler to earn his 400th career win while coaching the Ryle JV team.  Coach Demler has been the only JV coach in the history of the school.  Coach Demler teams have recorded 20 or more win in 8 straight years and won 6 JV Championship titles, including 2013.  Coach Demler also helped launch the Ryle Freshman baseball program in 1997 and won 76 additional games while coaching the Freshman teams from 1997-2005.  Great job, Coach Demler!!

Check out the Enquirer story: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/high-school/kentucky-high-school/2014/04/07/highlands-gets-track-sc-trip/7448995/


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Tyler Smith flirts with a no hitter vs Simon Kenton


Ryle played the role of the home team on Wednesday at NKU as they faced Simon Kenton as one of the many games in the Reds Futures Showcase.  Tyler Smith started on the mound for the Raiders.  And shockingly, the sun was out and the temperature actually reached norm for this time of year.    

The Raiders took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning on an RBI-single by Eric Clarkson and an RBI-walk to Max Lonnemann.  They pushed the lead to 3-0 on a bomb triple by Clarkson in the 3rd inning and broke the game open with 3 runs in the 4th, two of them courtesy of a triple off the bat of Jeremy Downs.  Ryle added five more runs before the game was finished, two of them on a single by Will Allen. 

Meanwhile, Smith was in complete control on the mound, allowing but one run to the Pioneers.  He retired the first 10 batters and took a no-hitter into the 6th inning.  He ultimately finished with a 4-hitter, walking one and striking out two batters.  It all added up to an impressive 10-1 win for the boys from Union. 

Pictures of the game:  http://www.cincinnati.com/picture-gallery/sports/high-school/kentucky-high-school/2014/04/09/ryle-vs-simon-kenton/7522307/



Congrats to the senior Ryle Raider baseball players and best of luck in your future endeavours!


Issac Stidham, Anthony Phaehler, Tyler Smith, Josh Bellew, Eric Clarkson, Noah Berg, Jeremy Downs, Levi Berg, Ethan Brennan, Colt Cordrey, Mac Welsh, Mason Forbes, Tom Deters



Tom Deters and Colt Cordrey

There have been some new pictures of the Varsity team added to the "Pictures" link, which can be found on the left-hand side of the Home Page.  If you have taken some good action pictures of any of the Raiders teams, you are welcome to upload them yourself by going directly into the Pictures link and following the instructions on how to add an Album.  However, we ask that you first reduce the resolution of the images before doing so, as the site does not have enough space to handle numerous uploads of high-resolution pictures.  



The JV Raiders winning streak and spotless record came to a resounding end on Tuesday night, as they were taken to the woodshed by a strong Cincinnati Oak Hills team.  When all was said and done the Raiders were run-ruled 11-0 in 5 innings.  A solid-hitting Highlanders team was aided by some sloppy Ryle fielding as they put up 2 runs in both the first and second innings, three runs in both the 3rd and 4th innings, and one run in the 5th inning.  The hard-throwing Oak Hills pitcher made easy work of the Ryle offense, allowing only 2 hits while walking none and striking out five.  The Raiders look to get back to their winning ways on Wednesday against arch-rival Boone County at Ryle's home field.




The JV Raiders knocked off Cincinnati LaSalle on March 31 by a score of 6-5 in 8 innings and in the process moved their record to 8-0 on the season.  Logan Turner started for the Raiders and went a strong 4 2/3 innings, allowing only 3 unearned runs.  Ryle found themselves down by a score of 3-2 going into the bottom of the 6th inning when Trent Mills crushed a 2-run double.  It was Mills' second double of the game.  Mills had also come in to relieve Turner in the 5th inning and pitched an effective 2 1/3 innings.  The Lancers tied the score in the 7th inning on a solo home run and the game went into extra innings when Ryle could not score in the home 7th.  LaSalle then scored one in the top of the 8th inning on a suicide squeeze and had a runner at 3B when Andrew Huff recorded a strikeout for the third out.  In the home half of the 8th inning, the Raiders loaded the bases with one out.  Huff then hit a ground ball to SS, who tossed to 2B for the forceout, but the 2Bman's throw to 1B was wild and two Raider runners scored on the play, allowing Ryle to walk off with an exciting 6-5 win. 


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2014 saw a record number of Diamond Club members!  On behalf of Coach Roesel and the entire Ryle Baseball coaching staff, we wish to thank everyone who participated in this year's Diamond Club. 

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It was a tough night at the ballyard for the Ryle varsity squad on Friday, March 28 in their first rematch against Dixie Heights since the 2013 Ninth Region Championsip when the Raiders defeated  the Colonels by a score of 4-0.  On this particular night, however, Dixie was the better team and got their revenge, winning 10-0 in a 5-inning run rule game.  The loss dropped the Raiders to 2-2 on the season. 

The game was scoreless after two innings, but the Colonels scored 3 runs in both the third and fourth innings and then plated another four runs in the 5th inning to quickly tally 10 runs.  The Raiders did very little offensively, generating only two hits.  When the Raiders failed to push across any runs in the bottom of the 5th, the game was ended via the mercy rule.   

The Raiders are away at Cincinnati LaSalle on Monday (March 31) and have their first district seeding game of the season on Wednesday at Boone County.   




Nine games into the season finds the Ryle Freshman Raiders with a solid 6-3 record.  The Raiders are led in the pitching department by Drew Demler (ERA 1.00) and Ben Lloyd (ERA 2.10) and do not have a single pitcher (with at least six innings thrown) that has an ERA above 2.50.  Lloyd is the team strikeout leader with 16 K's and has recorded a win in each of his three starts this year.   

Defensively, the Freshman Raiders have had an up and down season so far.  The low point was undoubtedly a 9-error outing during an 11-0 loss to Covington Catholic.  Since that game, however,  the Raiders have made no errors in 12 innings of play - a trend they seek to continue into their third week of play.  The Raiders have been led in the field by Thomas Spiritoso, who has the fewest errors (1) of any infielder with at least 8 innings played. 

Offensively, the Raiders have a variety of weapons and, when all is clicking, can be a very potent attack.  The Raiders have scored an average of almost 10 runs in their six wins.  Logan Beagle (.612) leads the offensive attack and has also has swiped 7 stolen bases this year.  Other notable offensive players include Ryan Siemer, Cole Burch, Drew Turner, and Zak Smith, each of whom has contributed in various ways throughout the first part of the season. 

The Freshman Raiders look for win #7 on the road on Monday, March 31 against a strong Cincinnati LaSalle team.   



The JV Raiders defeated Dixie Heights by a score on 13-4 on Friday, March 28, behind their best offensive display of the season to date. The win pushes the JV record to 7-0 on the year.

Starter Max Vickers scuffled a bit in his start on the mound, but ultimately did his job by holding the Colonels to 2 runs in his 3 innings of work. He was followed by Zach Kirschler (2 INN, 1 ER) and Noah Gayhart (2 INN; 0 ER). Kirschler was awarded the win, his second of this season. The run allowed by the Raiders in the 5th inning ended their consecutive inning streak with no earned runs allowed at 37 innings. Offensively, Jon Salmen again provided the big stick, totaling 4 RBI on the night. Troy Coleman and Matt Roe each had a 3-hit night and multiple runs scored.

The JV Raiders have their work cut out for them the week of March 31, as they face very strong competition from Cincinnati on Monday (LaSalle @ home), Tuesday (Oak Hills @ home), and Thursday (Elder @ home), as well as play local rival Boone County on Wednesday at home.



After finding themselves on the short end of a 3-0 score against Henry Clay on March 24, the Raiders returned to the win column on March 26 by defeating St. Henry Crusaders in exciting fashion by a score of 9-8.  The win advances Ryle's record to 2-1 for the season.

The game started on an ominous note, with Ryle down by scores of 4-1 after two innings and 5-3 after three innings.  The Raiders came to life in the 4th inning, as they plated 5 runs to take an 8-5 lead.  Key hits in the inning were a 2-run double by Jeremy Downs and a run-scoring triple by Mason Forbes.  Will Allen did his part on the mound containing the Crusaders in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings and was eventually awarded the win in the game.

St. Henry refused to go down quietly, however, and pushed across two runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to make the score 8-7.  The Raiders scored what proved to be the winning run in the 7th inning on an RBI double by Max Lonnemann.  The run proved critical when the Crusaders scored one in the last of the 7th inning and had two runners in scoring position with no outs and senior Downs on the hill.  Downs then recorded a ground out and two strike outs to earn the save and preserve the Raider's win.

Hitting leaders for Ryle were: Downs (2-5, 2 RBI); Forbes (2-5, 3B); Colin Craven (2-3); Lonnemann (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI), and Colt Cordrey (2 RBI).  The Raiders next play on March 28 at home against Dixie Heights.



The Prep Baseball Report for Kentucky finds the Ryle Raiders ranked #40 for the week of March 24, a drop of 3 spots from the preseason poll.  The only Northern Kentucky team to be ranked in the top 25 is Beechwood (#8).  The current #1 team in the rankings is St. Xavier.  Ryle is scheduled to play 5 teams currently ranked in the Top 25 (#3 Tates Creek, #8 Beechwood, #9 Male, #14 Scott County, and #19 Trinity). 

The Prep Baseball Report is a scouting and multimedia company that specializes in the promotion of high school baseball players and is considered the number one resource for high school baseball in each state.  You can access their site at the below link as Ryle marches their way up these rankings.  It's not where you start the season, it's where you finish!





The JV Raiders defeated Bishop Brossart by a score of 12-2 on March 27.  Jon Salmen provided a key 2-run single off the LF fence at St. Mary's in the 1st inning to give Ryle a lead they would never relinquish.  Troy Coleman was dominant on the mound, allowing no runs in his four innings of work.  Andrew Louden threw the final three frames for the Raiders, allowing unearned runs in the 6th and 7th innings.  While the Raider's pitching staff streak of consecutive scoreless innings came to an end at 31 innings, they have still not allowed an earned run in 33 consecutive innings.  The JV Raiders will put their perfect record and pitching streak on the line against Dixie Heights on March 28 at Dixie, weather permitting.



Ryle opened their 2014 season with a 6-0 win on the road against Holy Cross on Saturday, March 22.   Mac Welsh started on the mound for the Raiders and threw 4 shutout innings, notching 5 K's in the process.  Tyler Smith pitched the final 3 frames to lock up the shutout win.  Ryle opened the scoring in the 2nd inning when Colt Cordrey stole home as part of a double steal.  The Raiders added to their lead in the 4th inning on an RBI-walk by Marshall Rich and a 2-run double by Ethan Brennan down the third base line.  A great start to the season, as the Raiders look to defend their 2013 9th Region championship and appearance at state!



The Raiders JV ballclub has started off the season in impressive fashion, winning their first five games by a combined score of 35-5.  The wins were recorded against Newport Catholic (9-2), Simon Kenton (9-3), Holy Cross (12-0), Boone County (3-0), and Cooper (2-0 in 8 innings).  Of significant note is that the pitching staff has put together an impressive streak of 26 consecutive scoreless innings, dating back to the 2nd inning of the Simon Kenton game.  The pitching has been supported by some flawless defense and timely hitting.  The JV Raiders are seeking to defend their 2013 Regional championship and also rack up 20 wins for the ninth consecutive year.  They have a formidable schedule ahead of them, as they face some strong baseball schools in Cincinnati (Moeller, Elder, St. X, Oak Hills, LaSalle, Loveland) and Lexington (Lex Cath, Dunbar, Tates Creek), as well as tough local opponents in Cov Cath, Campbell County, Dixie, Boone, and Conner. 



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Date Time Opponent Location
4/4 5:00
Cov Cath          L 15-11 Cov Cath
4/5 10:00
Cooper           W 9-3
Cov Cath
4/14 5:00


Date Time Opponent Location
4/10  6:00 Dixie Heights      L 8-3 Dixie Heights
4/11  6:00 Anderson (OH)   Dixie Heights
4/12  2:30 Louisville Male Dixie Heights


Date Time Opponent Location
4/25 5:30 Trinity Lou. Male
4/25 7:45 Henry Clay Lou. Male
4/26 10:00  Louisville Male      Lou. Male


Date Time Opponent Location
5/2  5:30 Scott County
Scott County
5/3  12:30 North Laurel
Scott County
5/3  3:003 Lewis County
Scott County


Date Time Opponent   Location
5/9  5:30 Tates Creek     Tates Creek 
5/10  9:00 Butler      Tates Creek
5/10  3:00 Bowling Green    Tates Creek




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Date Time Opponent Location             
4/12 11:30 Dixie Heights     Covington Catholic
4/12 2:00 Newport Catholic            Covington Catholic
Rainout Makeups if needed Covington Catholic


Date Time Opponent Location
4/25 5:30 Lexington Catholic Dunbar High   School
4/26 3:45 Tates Creek         Dunbar High School
4/26 6:00

Lexington Dunbar                 

Dunbar High School


2013 Varsity Team Pic

Standing: Head Coach Pat Roesel, Tom Deters, Justin Hoard, Josh Bellew, Mac Welsh, Tyler Mason, Mason Forbes, Mitch See, Hide Imai
Kneeling:  Michael Nelson, Tyler Lonnemann, Jackson Brennan, Dylan Plvan, Ethan Brennan, Thomas Baumann, Cole Snyder, Jacob Raines, Colt Cordrey, Erik Clarkson
Sitting:  Drew Crane, Jake Sander, Tanner Pulice, Jake Ashley, Jeremy Downs


2103 JV Team Picture

Standing: Assistant Coach Dan Carney, Mason Sturdivant, Brady Ast, TJ Hoffman,Alex Goodridge, Zach Kirschler, Jake Ziegelmeyer, Collin Craven, Trent Mills, Jack Dorne, Head Coach Jim Demler
Sitting:  Marshall Rich, Logan Turner, Tayland Boswell, Tyler Smith, Max Lonnemann, Jake Puthoff, Andrew Louden, Will Allen, Noah Berg, Levi Berg


2013 Freshman Team Pic

Standing: Noah Gayhart, Austin Cain, Matthew Roe, Shawn Moore, Shelton Branson, Nathan Roe, Braden Cheesman, Andrew Huff, Logan Rieman
Sitting:  Jon Salmen, Ryan Siemer, Jacob Hiles, Troy Coleman, Head Coach Jeremy Collins, Max Vickers, Cole Burch, Tanner Morgan, Drew Demler


Ryle Baseball Field


Upcoming Games
Date Event Time Location
Wed 4/16 Baseball Ryle Raiders vs. Covington Catholic 5:00 PM Florence Freedom
Wed 4/16 Baseball Ryle JV vs. Cov Cath 5:00 PM Covington Catholic High School
Thu 4/17 Baseball Ryle Frosh vs. Conner 5:00 PM Ryle High School
Fri 4/18 Baseball Lloyd vs. Ryle Raiders 5:00 PM Lloyd High School
Fri 4/18 Baseball Ryle Frosh vs. Henry Clay 5:00 PM Henry Clay High School
Fri 4/18 Baseball Rle JV vs. Henry Clay 5:30 PM Ryle High School
Sat 4/19 Baseball St. Xavier (OH) vs. Ryle Raiders 11:00 AM St. Xavier High School
Sat 4/19 Baseball Ryle JV vs. St. Xavier (OH) 11:00 AM St. Xavier High School
Sat 4/19 Baseball Ryle Frosh vs. Trinity 12:00 PM Trinity High School
Sat 4/19 Baseball Ryle Frosh vs. Trinity 2:30 PM Trinity High School
Mon 4/21 Baseball Scott vs. Ryle Raiders 5:00 PM Scott High School
Mon 4/21 Baseball Ryle JV vs. Scott 5:00 PM Ryle High School
Mon 4/21 Baseball Ryle Frosh vs. NCC 5:00 PM Morscher Field
Tue 4/22 Baseball Ryle JV vs. La Salle 5:00 PM La Salle High School
Recent Games
Date Event Time Location
Wed 4/9 Baseball Ryle JV vs. Simon Kenton 2:00 PM Simon Kenton High School
Wed 4/9 Baseball Ryle Frosh vs. Cov Cath 5:00 PM Ryle High School
Wed 4/9 Baseball Ryle Raiders: 10 - Simon Kenton: 1 5:30 PM Ryle High School
Thu 4/10 Baseball Ryle JV vs. Milford 5:00 PM Milford High School
Thu 4/10 Baseball Ryle Frosh vs. Moeller 5:00 PM Blue Ash Sports Center
Thu 4/10 Baseball Doc Morris (vs. Dixie Heights) 6:00 PM Dixie Heights High School
Fri 4/11 Baseball Ryle JV vs. Anderson (OH) 4:30 PM Anderson High School
Fri 4/11 Baseball Ryle Frosh vs. Scott 5:00 PM Ryle High School
Fri 4/11 Baseball Doc Morris (vs. Anderson) 6:00 PM Dixie Heights High School
Sat 4/12 Baseball Ryle Frosh vs. Dixie Heights 11:00 AM Ryle High School
Sat 4/12 Baseball D. Michaels Autism JV Tournament 11:30 AM Covington Catholic High School
Sat 4/12 Baseball Ryle Frosh vs. Dixie Heights 1:30 PM Ryle High School
Sat 4/12 Baseball D. Michaels Autism JV Tournament 2:00 PM Covington Catholic High School
Sat 4/12 Baseball Doc Morris (vs. Louisville Male) 2:30 PM Dixie Heights High School
Mon 4/14 Baseball Ryle vs. Conner (District Seed Game) 5:00 PM Ryle High School
Mon 4/14 Baseball Ryle JV vs. Conner 5:00 PM Conner High School
Mon 4/14 Baseball Ryle Frosh vs. St. Henry 5:00 PM St. Henry High School