Ryle Raiders Baseball: Welcome

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Workouts for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders will begin on Wednesday, September 17, from 2:30-4:30 on the Ryle baseball field.  Freshman workouts will begin on Thursday, September 18 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Anyone who is not playing a Ryle Fall school sport and interested in trying out for baseball in the Spring is expected to attend these workouts.  Fall sports athletes should wait until their season is completed prior to participating. 


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Ryle OF'er Mason Forbes was selected for the First Team (OF position) by the Northern Kentucky Baseball Coaches Association (NKBCA)  as a result of his outstanding 2014 senior season.  Mason was also selected as a First Team player in the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference.  Congrats on these well-deserved awards!!



Congratulations to the following Raider players who were selected to represent Ryle at the annual Northern Kentucky Junior and Senior All-Star games to be played June 9, 2014 at Dixie High School.

Junior All Star Game:  SS Max Lonnemann and C Marshall Rich

Seniors All Star Game:  OF Mason Forbes and 3B Colt Cordrey  



Congrats to the following Raiders players who received special recognition at the Raider end-of-year baseball banquet:

Raider Award (MVP) - Mason Forbes
Top Pitcher - Jeremy Downs
Most Improved - Issac Stidham

MVP - Nathan Roe and Matt Roe (co-MVP's)
Top Pitcher - Alex Goodridge
Top Defensive Player - Logan Reiman
Most Improved - Zach Kirschler

MVP - Logan Seimer
Top Pitcher - Drew Demler
Most Improved - Dominic Como




June 5, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The 2014 end-of-season baseball banquet will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2014, in the Ryle High School cafeteria from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Parents should bring the following dishes to be part of the pot luck dinner:

Varsity players - side dish
JV players (Coleman thru Salmen) - side dish
JV players (Scholl thru Vickers) - dessert
Freshman players - dessert

All Diamond Club members will be automatically entered into a special Reds tickets drawing.  You do not need to be present to win these tickets.


2014 Varsity Team Pic

Standing: Assistant Coach Ryan Sheehy, Erik Clarkson, Jake Ziegelmeyer, Anthony Pfaehler, Josh Bellew, Mac Welsh, Mason Forbes, Tom Deters, Tyler Smith
Kneeling:  Ethan Brennan, Jeremy Downs, Will Allen, Colt Cordrey, Jake Puthoff, Colin Craven, Mason Sturdivant, Levi Berg, Max Lonnemann
Sitting:  Marshall Rich, Brady Ast, Issac Stidham, Noah Berg


2014 JV Team Pic

Standing: Assistant Coach Dan Carney, Andrew Huff, Nick Townsend, Troy Coleman, Max Vickers, Zach Kirschler, Alex Goodridge, Trent Mills, Logan Turner, Head Coach Jim Demler
Sitting:  Sam Scholl, Logan Reiman, Matthew Roe, Noah Gayhart, Nathan Roe, Andrew Louden, Bryant Meihaus, Jon Salmen, Jacob Hiles


2014 Freshman Team Pic

Standing: Assistant Coach Ryan Sheehy, Ryan Siemer, Drew Turner, Dominic Como, Reese Roberts, Clay Wohlwender, Conner Ryle, Josh Green, Drew Demler, Logan Beagle, Head Coach Scott Buckler
Kneeling: Thomas Spiritoso, Matthew McCord, Josh Puthoff, Zak Smith, Cole Burch, Michael Cusma, Ben Lloyd, Bryce Ward
Sitting: Bryan Crane, Christian Scanlon, Ryosei Kuwabara





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
Conner             L 5-1


Date Time Opponent Location
4/10  6:00 Dixie Heights      L 8-3 Dixie Heights
4/11  6:00 Anderson (OH)   W 7-0 Dixie Heights
4/12  2:30 Louisville Male   W 8-1 Dixie Heights


Date Time Opponent Location
4/25 5:30 Trinity                W 5-4 Lou. Male
4/25 7:45 Henry Clay        W 5-3 Lou. Male
4/26 10:00  Louisville Male    L 2-1 Lou. Male


Date Time Opponent Location
5/2  8:00 North Laurel      L 4-2
Scott County
5/3  12:30 Collins               L 14-3
Scott County
5/3  3:003 Scott County     W 6-2
Scott County


Date Time Opponent   Location
5/9  5:30 Tates Creek       L 6-4 Tates Creek 
5/10  9:00 Butler                  DNP Tates Creek
5/10  3:00 Bowling Green    DNP Tates Creek





Date Time Opponent Location             
4/12 11:30 Dixie Heights        W 11-1 Cov Cath
4/12 2:00 Newport Catholic   W 9-0 Cov Cath


Date Time Opponent Location
4/25 5:30 Lexington Catholic     DNP Lex Dunbar
4/26 3:45 Tates Creek             L 6-0 Lex Dunbar
4/26 6:00 Lexington Dunbar     L 8-1 Lex Dunbar



The 2014 season - one that had started out so promising - ended in disappointing fashion with a 4-0 loss to Conner in the opening round of the District 33 tournament.  With the loss, the Raiders' season has come to an end and they will be unable to defend their 2013 regional championship title.

The Raiders were the visiting team as they faced the Cougars at Boone County High School.   Jeremy Downs got the start for the Raiders and Cameron Ross, who had earlier this season shut down the Raiders in a 5-1 win, took the mound for Conner. 

After Ryle failed to score in their first at-bat, Conner jumped on the board with two unearned runs as the result of a Ryle fielding error - their Achilles heel this year.  Ryle had a chance to get on the board in the second inning when two batters reached via walk, but failed to capitalize.  Conner added single runs in the 4th and 5th innings, as  Jake Ziegelmeyer came on in relief of Downs in the 5th inning.   

The four runs was more than enough for Ross, who threw a complete game, two-hit shutout.  Ryle's only hits were singles by Mason Forbes in the 3rd inning (thrown out stealing) and Marshall Rich in the 5th inning (forced at 2B by next Raider hitter).  Ross was never in any trouble during the game, as he struck out 8 Ryle batters - six of them looking!

So another season is in the books and Ryle will look to rebound next year with a solid core of returning junior players and players from the regional runner-up JV team.   



The Raiders will be seeking to defend their 2013 Ninth Regional Champions title starting on Tuesday, May 20, when they face off against rival Conner in the first round of the District 33 tournament.  The game will be played at Boone County High School and begins at 5:00 p.m.  The winner of this game will advance to the district championship game and meet the winner of the Boone County-Cooper game being played on Monday.  The first round winners also advance as the District 33 representatives in the 9th Regional tournament to be held at Florence Freedom field the week of May 26th   



While it wasn't exactly the finish to the season that the JV Raider squad was hoping for, it was nonetheless a very successful year for this year's team.  The Raiders reached the championship game against Highlands on Saturday night, May 17, in a game played under the lights to decide the best JV team in NKY for the 2014 season.

To get to this game, the Raiders beat Cooper on Monday night and then waited several days as Mother Nature rained out games all over the JV bracket.  Ryle finally got to play again on Friday night against Simon Kenton.  It was a tough back-and-forth game, but the Raiders eventually came out on top 7-6, thanks to a nice relief job by Zach Kirschler and an incredible game-ending throw from right fielder Andrew Louden, who fired a 225-foot laser strike to catcher Nathan Roe to nail the potential tying runner.

On Saturday morning, Ryle faced off against Holy Cross, who had defeated Conner by the score of 2-0 on Friday night.  Trent Mills started for the Raiders and pitched a complete game, holding the Indians to two runs.  A fairly close game became a 12-2 run-rule win for Ryle when they scored 6 runs in the top of the 5th inning.  The win advanced Ryle to the championship game to face the Bluebirds, who had defeated both Cov Cath and Boone earlier in the day.

Ryle ace Alex Goodridge took the mound against a Highlands team he had shut down just one week earlier.  Highlands countered with their own ace pitcher, a hard-throwing Freshman righty with a nasty curve.  The game was scoreless through 3 innings, with Ryle missing out on a great opportunity to score in the first inning when they had runners on 2B and 3B with one out, but couldn't capitalize.  Highlands eventually eeked out a run in the 4th inning and got another run in the 5th on a Ryle error.  The Raiders were unable to do much against the Highlands pitcher, however.  Highlands broke things open in the 6th inning, scoring two more runs, and then scored another two runs in the 7th.  The Raiders put two men on board in the bottom of the 7th, but the Highlands pitcher struck out two Ryle hitters and induced a game-ending comebacker and Highlands earned the JV championship with an impressive 6-0 win.  Congrats to the Bluebirds.

The JV Raiders had an outstanding season, amassing a school record-tying 26 wins while playing one of the toughest schedules in JV Raider history.  Pitching and defense were without a doubt the backbone of this team, proving that such a combination can take a team a long way.  Freshmen Andrew Huff, Max Vickers, and Noah Gayhart will be returning next year and will be expected to lead the 2015 JV squad to a return trip to the regional championship game!  




After having dropped six games in a row, most of them by very close scores, the Raiders finally returned to the win column with a 10-5 win versus St. Henry on Thursday, May 15.   

Senior Tyler Smith took the mound for Ryle and stranded two Crusaders' runners in the first inning.  The Raiders got on the board right away with a two-run single to right by Jeremy Downs and a perfect opposite field two-run single by hot-hitting Marshall Rich. In the top of the 4th, Smith surrenders 3 runners and Ethan Brennan came on to relieve with the bases loaded. The Crusaders picked up two more runs before their at-bat concluded to take the lead.  In the bottom of the inning, Rich again came up big and hit a clutch 2-run double, which was then followed by Max Lonnemann's RBI squeeze bunt, and Mason Forbes RBI single.  When Forbes later scored after a St. Henry error, Ryle found themselves with a comfortable 10-5 lead.   St Henry threatened in the top of the 6th with runners at 1st and 2nd and two out, but the lead runner was tossed out at home on a perfect throw and tag from Forbes to Rich.  The Crusaders mustered nothing in the 7th and the Raiders' victory was in the books. 



After dropping a heartbreaker to Highlands on Monday, May 12, the Raiders were looking for a little revenge on Tuesday, May 13, as they again faced off against the Bluebirds on "Senior Day" at Ryle's home field.

Just like the previous day's game, the Raiders jumped out to a quick lead, as the score was 4-0 after four innings.  Mason Forbes got things started in the first inning with a double and scored on a Highlands' error.  Brady Ast, who reached on the aforementioned error, eventually scored an a Tom Deters' groundout.  Ryle added single runs in the 2nd inning on a Forbes RBI single and in the 3rd inning when Colt Cordrey doubled and eventually scored when Jake Ziegelmeyer hit a sacrifice fly. 

Meanwhile Ziegelmeyer was throwing darts for the first five innings, allowing only one run in the 4th inning. He ran into some trouble in the 6th inning, however, as five of the first six Highlands' hitters reached base either by single or walk. Ryle relievers weren't able to stem the Bluebird tide and before the inning was over Highlands had batted around and scored four runs to take a 5-4 lead.Ryle came right back in the bottom of the 6th and tied to game on a Marshall Rich RBI. Unfortunately, Highlands added two more runs in the 7th inning and the Raiders were unable to do anything in their half of the inning, as the game ended with Highlands winning 7-5.

The disappointment of the loss was pushed aside after the game however, as this year's crop of 13 seniors were honored after the game for their contributions to Ryle baseball. A nice picnic was held up at the football stadium and all had a good time.



Now that the Raider Freshman season has concluded, the Raider JV club has asked several Freshman players to join them during the JV Regional Tournament.  These players include: Cole Burch, Drew Demler, Ryan Seimer, Zac Smith, and Drew Turner.  Congratulatons to these players on an outstanding Freshman season and welcome to the JV team as they seek to win a third straight regional title.  



Ryle JV ace pitcher Alex Goodridge was dominant on the mound during the JV's first round regional tournament game against Cooper on Monday, May 12.  Goodrdige faced Cooper's ace, Hunter Turner, who had dominated the Raider JV team in two previous outings this year.  When all was said and done, Goodridge threw a complete game, 3-hit shutout and was in complete control the entire way.

Ryle, who were visitors in this game despite playing on their home field, got on the board in the first inning thanks to a single by Trent Mills that plated Nathan Roe and Logan Reiman.  Ryle added another run later in the game when Andrew Louden crushed a double, stole third, and scored on a wild pitch.  From there it was all "Goody", as he kept the Jags off balance with a mixture of fastballs, curves, and changeups.  The only real jam in which he found himself all game was a base loaded, one-out situation in which he induced a comebacker to the mound and started an inning-ending 1-2-3 double play. 

The Raiders will next face the winner of the Simon Kenton-Beechwood game, which is not scheduled to be played until Thursday for some unknown reason, meaning the Raiders will be forced to play Friday and then play a doubleheader on Saturday should they advance. 



The Ryle Freshman team ended their season a bit earlier than had been hoped, losing their second round tournament game to Dixie Heights on Monday, May 12, by the score of 6-4.  While the finish was no doubt disappointing, it does not take away one iota from what was an outstanding season for this team, as they finished with an overall 19-11 record - one of the highest win totals in Ryle Freshman history.  Congrats to Coach Buckler in his inaugural season as Freshman head coach, Assistant Coach Sheehy, and to all the Freshman players on a great season! 



Tuesday, May 13 will be "Senior Day" at Ryle's home field, as this years' graduating seniors will be honored after Ryle's game against Newport Catholic.  Congrats to the senior players and best of luck in all 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



The Freshman game this past Saturday against Dixie Heights was rained out and has been re-scheduled for Monday, May 12 at Dixie Heights starting at approximatley 7:30 p.m. (immediately follows 5:00 game already scheduled there). 

The JV will open up tournament play on Monday, May 12 at home versus Cooper at 5:00. 

Come on out to the JV game and then hustle on over to Dixie Heights to catch the Frosh in action!!



The Raiders were rained out of both scheduled games in the Fayette County Invitational at Tates Creek on May 10.  They did get in one game on Friday, May 9 against Tates Creek, losing by the score 6-4.  The Commodores are ranked as the number one team in the state by Prep Baseball Report. 

Tates Creek started the scoring in the 2nd inning with a single and a monster shot home run to left field to make the score 2-0.  The Raiders kept their poise, however, even with a rambunctious home crowd supporting the Commodores.  Eric Clarkson got things started with a single, advanced to second on a sac bunt, and scored on a single by Marshall Rich.  Mason Forbes then silenced the home fans with a 360-foot four-bagger, his third of the season, giving Ryle a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the 3rd inning.  Tates Creek retook the lead after their star shortstop reached on an error,  advanced to third base on an errant pickoff attempt, and scored on a single.  The Commodores added another run on a sac bunt and RBI single.  Once again, though, the Raiders battled back to tie the score in the 5th inning on a double by Max Lonnemann, who eventually scored on a ground out by Rich.  Tates Creek again retook the lead in the bottom of the inning - this time for good - on a walk, wild pitch, sac bunt, and yet another wild pitch.   They added an insurance run on another errant pickoff throw to first base. 

The Raiders hung tough with the best team in the state, but ultimately could not overcome 7 walks issued to Commodores' hitters, 3 errors, two wild pitches, and a passed ball, all of which led to three unearned runs for Tates Creek. 




The 2014 Ryle Raider Baseball Camp will be held June 10-13, 2014 (please note that starting day is a Tuesday) at Ryle High School from 9:00 am - 11:30 am each day.  The camp is available to any boy who will be entering 5th through 9th grade during the 2014-15 school year.  The camp is taught by Ryle Varsity Head Coach Pat Roesel and the Ryle baseball staff and varsity players.  The cost is $45, which includes a camp t-shirt.  Spots are limited and this camp fills up every year, so be sure to get in your registration as soon as possible.  If questions, you may contact Coach Roesel at Pat.Roesel@boone.kyschools.us

Handout: 2014 Raider Baseball Camp Flyer


The Freshman Raiders team took an impressive first step on their way to hopefully capturing the 2014 Freshman Regional Tournament with an 18-3 thumping of district rival Conner on Thursday, who had advanced to this game by winning a play-in game against Cooper on Wednesday.   

Ryle pounded out 13 hits and was also gifted 10 walks from Conner pitching.  Drew Turner knocked a key 3-run double early in the game to set the tone and give the Raiders a lead.  Josh Puthoff may have had the play of the day at the plate with a perfectly executed safety squeeze bunt.  The game ended on a run rule in the 5th inning after the Raiders had scored 10 runs in the top of the inning. 

Drew Demler started for Ryle and went 3 innings, allowing 2 runs and striking out 5.  Logan Beagle threw the final two frames and allowed only one run.  Hitting stars of the game included: Cole Burch, Ryan Seimer, and Beagle - all of whom had two hits on the day; Drew Turner, who was 3-3 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI; and Josh Green, who had an RBI double.  Defensive star of the game was undoubtedly catcher Matthew McCord, who nailed two would-be Conner base stealers and helped to turn back any thoughts of a Conner comeback.

Nice start to the tourney.  Next up is Dixie Heights, which will be played on Saturday, May 10th at 3:00 at Ryle. 



The Raiders couldn't quite pull off the upset win against #20 ranked Beechwood on Wednesday, May 7, losing by the score of 10-9 at Ryle's home field. 

Trailing 8-1 in the middle of the 4th inning, the Raiders mounted a huge comeback by scoring 7 runs in the home half of the inning to tie the score at 8.  Marshall Rich led the comeback with a bases-clearingtriple.  Beechwood immediately came back in the 5th inning with two runs to take a 10-8 lead.  While the Raiders were able to close the gap a little by scoring one run in the bottom of the 6th inning, they could not close the deal and finished with a one run loss.  Hitting leaders for the Raiders were Mason Forbes (2-5); Tom Deters (2-4, 2 RBI), Jake "Ziggy" Ziegelmeyer (2-2, 2 RBI), Eric Clarkson (2-4), and Marshall Rich (2-4, 3 RBI). 



The Raider Varsity squad faced off against district rival Cooper Jaguars on Thursday, May 8, one week after beating the Jags 10-0 in a district seeding game.  Cooper would get their revenge on Ryle in this one, however.  And the revenge came about in rather stunning fashion, as it look like a sure Raider win through 5 innings.

The Raiders scored quickly in the game, getting three runs in the first on a 2-RBI double by Colt Cordrey and RBI single by Brady Ast.  Ryle added another run in the second inning when Jake Puthoff (on via walk) scored on a Levi Berg gound out.  In the top of the 5th inning, the Raiders plated two more runs on yet another Cordrey double and take a 6-0 lead, as Ryle starting pitcher Tom Deters was tossing blanks at the Jags through 4 innings.  Cooper finally got to Deters for two runs in the bottom of the 5th. 

Ryle scored one more run in the 6th inning on an RBI single by Cordrey (his 5TH RBI of the game!) to go up 6-2, but that's were the wheels fell off as Raider relief pitching allowed 7 Cooper runs to take a 9-7 lead, a lead that eventually became the final score.  Mason Forbes had a nice hitting day going 3 for 3 and Berg and Deters each had two hits, but the hitting star for this game was clearly Cordrey, who was 3-4 with two doubles and 5 ribbies.  



In an outcome that stunned and disappointed Ryle fans and baseball purists worldwide, Coach Demler's Derelict squad defeated Coach Carney's Cretin squad by the score of 5-0 in the 2nd annual JV intrasquad game played on Ryle's home field on Tuesday, May 6th.  It is the second straight win for the Derelicts, who won 6-1 last year after Coach Demler's routine single snuck between the outfielders on the stadium field turf and rolled for an undeserved 3-run home run off Coach Carney.

Despite the Derelicts being outcoached yet again this year, the Cretins could generate no offense against an average starting Derelict pitcher (Coach Demler).  Derelict relievers Noah Gayhart, Andrew Huff, and Matt Roe slammed the door on any Cretin thoughts of a comeback, which included a game-ending double play while bases were loaded with one out in the 7th inning.  A brilliant and near flawless starting pitching effort from Coach Carney (2 INN, 0 Runs, nothing more than routine ground balls) went for naught, as the Derelicts plated 2 runs in the 3rd inning and 1 run in the 4th inning to take a lead they would not relinquish.  

At game's end, pizza was had by all participants, compliments of Snappy Tomato Pizza.  Additionally, the Derelicts earned a cookie cake dessert as the winning team, though they did have to scrape off the "Congrats Carney's Cretins" icing that had been prematurely placed on the cake by an overzealous and presumptuous Cretin head coach.  Cretins look to right the ship next year and will begin off season workouts as soon as the JV season has concluded.   



The 2014 Northern Kentucky Freshman Tournament begins the week of May 5th, with a first round game being played on May 7th between Cooper and Conner.  The winner of the Cooper/Conner game will play the Raiders on May 8th at Ryle's home field at 5:00 p.m.  Come out and support the freshman team as they seek to win the NKY Regional Championship!  The freshman are currently riding a 6-game winning streak and have attained an impressive 18-10 regular season record during Coach Buckler's inaugural season.   

You can see the complete bracket here: 2014 Freshman Regional Tournament



The Raiders will open up play in the JV Regional Tournament on Monday, May 12th, against Cooper.  The game will be played at Ryle's home field starting at 5:00 p.m.  The Raiders played the Jaguars three times during the regular season, winning two games (2-0 and 4-0) and losing one game (9-1).  Come out and support the JV team as they seek to defend their 2013 regional championship crown. 

You can see the complete tournament bracket here:   2014 JV Regional Tournament



Now that the Raiders Freshman regular season has concluded, let's take a fun "numbers" look at the Raiders' accomplishments:

10 - number of losses on the season.  BUT . . .  they also had 18 wins as well!!

9 - the Raiders defeated Conner in a 9-inning battle over the weekend and may again face the Cougars in the second round of the Freshman Regional Tournament (Ryle has first round bye while Conner plays Cooper).

8 - Ryle has averaged eight runs in the last 8 games. 

7 - Seven frosh players have scored multiple runs during the past eight games.

6 - Not to be outdone during that same period of time, six different Raiders hurlers (Demler, Lloyd, Beagle, Wohl, Como, Turner) have an ERA of 3.75 or less. 

5 - Five different Raiders have contributed a multi-RBI game during the past eight game stretch (Siemer, Demler, Beagle, Smith, Turner). 

4 - Throughout the course of this season, the freshman team won by run-rule on four separate occasions. 

3 - Currently, three Ryle players have a batting average of .350 or above, led by Ryan Siemer. 

2 - Number of triples hit by Seimer in the past two games. 

1 - Ryle must play one pitch at a time if they plan to be the number #1 rated team at the end of the regional tournament!

0 - no, not Coach Buckler's IQ, but the total number of hits given up by Ben Lloyd and Conner Ryle in the final game of the season against Grant County.  Nice finish to the season - a run-rule win (12-0) AND a no-hitter!!!



Ryle finally squared off against Boone County in their mandated district seeding game, which had twice been rained out earlier this season.  A win by Ryle would have created a three-way tie for first place between Ryle, Boone, and Conner, but it was not to be, as the Raiders dropped this one by the score of 9-5.  As a result, Ryle receives the #3 seed and will face off against #2 seed Conner in district playoffs the week of May 19th, while #1 seed Boone will play #4 seed Cooper.  The winners of these games will represent the 33rd District in the 9th Regional Tournament the week of May 26th.

Boone County sported their lefty ace and NKU commit Trey Ganns (12th in strikeouts in Greater Cincinnati area) while Ryle wasted no time in pulling out their ace Josh Bellew, who was coming off 2 back-to-back impressive wins.   Ultimately, it was Ganns who got the better of this matchup, however, as he went five innings and allowed only two runs despite walking six batters.  He also struck out six Ryle hitters. 

The game started out positively for Ryle, as they loaded the bases on a Mason Forbes double, Colt Cordrey walk, and Tom Deters' single, but was unable to push across any runs.  Boone immediately scored two run the their half of the first on some timely hitting and the first of five Ryle fielding errors.  The 3rd inning proved extremely costly for Ryle, however, as the Rebels scored four more runs on a combination of hits and more Raider miscues.  The Raiders eventually got on the scoreboard in the 5th on a Cordrey RBI single and another run scored on a double play ground out.  Boone quickly responded with 3 runs in the bottom of the inning to push their lead to 9-2.  Ryle made things somewhat interesting in the last inning, scoring 3 times on a walk, back-to-back doubles by Jeremy Downs and Jake Ziegelmeyer, and single by Colin Craven, but the game ended on a deep flyout to the warning track with two runners on base. 



After finding some momentum during the previous week, the Raiders made their annual trek to Georgetown the weekend of May 2-3 to participate in the Frank Shoop Tournament hosted by the Scott County Cardinals.  The results weren't quite what Ryle was looking for, though it did end on a bright note.

Up first for the Raiders was North Laurel on Friday night.   The Jaguars came in with a record of 16-7 and a strong ranking in Region 13.  Ryle engaged them in a close game, but lost 4-2 behind a great pitching performance by the North Laurel starter.  His 10-strikeout, 2-hit outing kept the Raiders from mounting much of an offensive threat.  Tom Deters and Mason Forbes had the only Raider hits and Forbes had the only RBI when he drove in Brady Ast, who had reached via walk in the 5th inning.  Mac Welsh pitched solidly for Ryle, allowing only 2 earned runs on 5 hits in 6 innings.

First game on Saturday was the Collins Titans and it was not pretty if you are a Ryle fan, as the Raiders were taken to the woodshed and lost 14-3.  Collins garnered 12 hits during the game and was gifted 5 walks, 3 hit batters, a wild pitch, a passed ball, five errors, and a partridge in a pair tree by the Raiders.  Eric Clarkson and Forbes had doubles for Ryle, but that was about the extent of the highlights for the Raiders.

The second game of the day was much better for the Raiders.  Jeremy Downs turned in a great pitching performance against the #14 ranked Scott County, holding the 20-5 Cardinals team to 4 hits with 4 strikeouts.  The Raiders got on the board in the first inning when Colt Cordrey singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch.  The Cardinals battled back to tie the score in the bottom of the inning.  In the top of the second inning, Cordrey knocked a two-run single, followed by another 2-run single by Jake Ziegelmeyer.  Ryle added another late run on a Marshall Rich RBI triple.  Downs shut down the ptent Cardinal offense throughout the game and received a little relief help from Deters in the 7th inning to close out the game and preserve a 6-2 Ryle win.


Raiders at Reds
Raiders in Reds Broadcast Booth

On Sunday, May 4, the Raiders varsity team enjoyed a Reds game and were treated to a visit in the Reds broadcasting booth with Reds' announcers Chris Welsh and Thom Brennamen - though one might guess it wasn't such a huge deal for Ryle pitcher Mac Welsh, as he is the son of former major leaguer Chris Welsh! 



The JV Raiders put a 4-game losing streak to an end behind a sterling pitching performance by Alex Goodridge, as the men in orange knock off the JV Highland Bluebirds by a score of 3-1 on Friday, May 2.

After hitting the 20-win mark a little over a week ago, the Raiders dropped consecutive games to Moeller, Tates Creek, Lex Dunbar, and Cooper, as the defense saw some struggles and the offense was . . . well, offensive.  Beating Highlands on their home field would not be an easy challenge so Coach Demler handed the ball to ace Goodridge to end the drought.  And he did so in impressive fashion.

Goodridge allowed a first inning run and then tossed zeroes the rest of the way.  He was given some solid defensive backing that included nailing would-be base stealers, leaping catches of line drives, and Logan Turner chasing down a shot in centerfield that looked like a sure triple.  After falling behind 1-0 early, the Raiders went ahead 2-1 in the 3rd inning on a timely single by Logan Reiman and then added another run on an RBI walk by Andrew Louden.  Goodridge took it from there and finished with a complete game and a much needed win for the Raiders.   


On Thursday, May 1, the Raiders defeated district rival Cooper Jaguars at Ryle's home field in a district seeding game by a score of 10-0 in five innings.  The win evened the Raiders district record to 1-1, with a final district game remaining against Boone County on May 5th.  Conner currently has the edge in the 33rd District with a 2-0 record, but as tough and evenly matched as this district is, final seeding for the tournament is almost irrelevent.

On the hill for the Jags in this game was their ace, Hunter Dunn, while Raider ace Josh Bellew took the pill for Ryle.  In this game and on this night, Bellew was by far the better pitcher, as he mowed down the first ten Cooper hitters and didn't allow a hit until the 4th inning.  In all, Bellew pitched five innings, striking out three and not walking a single batter.  Meanwhile, Ryle scored six runs on Dunn and knocked him out in the 2nd inning.

Offensively, the Raiders scored twice in the first inning, one on a Colt Cordrey sac fly and the other when Max Lonnemann scored on a wild pitch.  The Raiders broke things wide open in the second inning by scoring five runs, three of which came on a dinger by Cordrey, his first of the season.  Two more runs in the 4th inning on RBI single by Jeremy Downs and Brady Ast pushed the score to 9-0 and the game came to a run-rule end in the 5th when Mason Forbes doubled and scored on a single by Tom Deters. 



Mason Forbes Crushes Home Run

On Wednesday, April 30, the Raiders met Bishop Brossart at Florence Freedom Field, looking to maintain momemtum from a solid showing the prior weekend in the Louisville Invitational.  To accomplish this task the Raiders would have to overcome the Mustangs' ace pitcher and Kentucky Wesleyan signee Bat Verst.  Opposing Verst on the mound was Ryle pitcher Jake Ziegelmeyer, who was coming off a complete game shutout in his last outing.     

Ryle jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two innings courtesy of an RBI single by Jeremy Downs in the first inning and an RBI ground out by Levi Berg in the second inning.   Ziegelmeyer was dominant once again, allowing only an unearned run in the 3rd inning that made the score 2-1.  Ryle started to open things up in the 5th inning with an suicide bunt by Colt Cordrey and an RBI single by Downs.  The Raiders put the game out of reach with a big 6th inning, as Brady Ast smacked a triple, followed by singles by Zig and Marshall Rich, then a 2-run tator by Mason Forbes, his second home run of the season.  When the fireworks had stopped Ryle had built a comfortable 8-1 lead.  Zig exited after six impressive innings, allowing only 3 hits and no earned runs.  Brossart tacked on two unearned runs in the bottom of the 7th to make the final score 8-3.    



Click on the attached link to read a nice mid-season update on Ryle Baseball.





During the April 25-26 weekend, the Raiders went on the road to Louisville to participate in the Louisville Invitational. The tournament includes dozens of teams from across the state that all descent upon the Louisville area and play games at multiple locations. Ryle was placed in a bracket with Trinity (11-10 record), Henry Clay (14-7), and Male (11-8; #17 state ranking) and the games were played at Male’s home field.

On Friday night, the Raiders played a twin bill, first facing Trinity. Down 2-1 after 2 innings, Ryle tied it up in the 3rd on a long ball by Mason Forbes, his first of the year. The score was tied 4-4 after 4 innings and Ryle scored to go-ahead and winning run in the 5th when Levi Berg, pinch running for Colt Cordrey, scored on a wild pitch. Josh Bellew pitched an effective 6 1/3 innings, allowing only 2 earned runs and striking out 8 batters. When he walked two Trinity batters in the 7th inning, Ethan Brennan came on in relief and immediately slammed the door, coaxing a game-ending double play.

In the late game, Ryle faced Henry Clay, whom they lost to on March 24 by a score of 3-0. This time the result was different, as Ryle made the most of their 2 hits by scoring 5 runs. Six walks by Blue Devils’ pitchers certainly helped Ryle’s cause in this one. The Raiders jumped out to a 5-0 lead after 3 innings, with Forbes and Erik Clarkson contributing big sac flies. From there the Raiders hung on for dear life and Henry Clay attempted to mount a comeback on starting pitcher Mac Welsh. When Welsh gave up four hits in the 6th inning, Issac Stidham took over and promptly shut the door to preserve the win and earn the save.

Saturday’s game against Male, whom Ryle had previously beaten in the Doc Morris earlier this year, was a tense and tight as a high school game comes. Scoreless through 6 innings, thanks to some terrific pitching by Jeremy Downs (6 inn, 3 hits, 1 ER), the Raiders went up 1-0 in the 7th when Downs singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch. The Raiders’ excitement soon turned to disappointment, however, when Male scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning to win the game in walk-off fashion. All in all, however, the Raiders played some very solid baseball against some good teams as they look to gain some momentum going into the final weeks of the season.



On Thursday, April 24, the Ryle varsity team squared off against the #20 nationally-ranked (USA Today) Moeller Crusaders at Florence Freedom field, while the JV Raiders travelled to Shuler Park in Cincinnati to face the undefeated JV Moeller squad.  When all was said and done, both Ryle ball clubs acquitted themselves nicely and gave their respective Moeller opponent a tough game, but ultimately lost.

On the senior circuit, Tyler Smith started for Ryle and went all 7 innings, allowing an outstanding hitting Crusaders team only four runs, one of their lowest outputs of the season.  Smith kept hitters off balance most of the evening, not allowing only a single extra base hit of the 10 hits collected by Moeller.  After 3 innings, Ryle found themselves in a 3-0 hole.  In the bottom of the 4th inning, Ryle scored their lone run on a walk by Jeremy Downs, who then stole second base and advanced to third on a Colt Cordrey single, and scored on a ground out by Jake Ziegelmeyer.  Ryle almost had another run on an infield single by Tom Deters, but Cordrey was thrown out at the plate.  Moeller added another insurance run in the 6th to account for the final 4-1 score.  A loss, yes, but a solid performance against one of the best teams in the entire country.

On the junior circuit, Alex Goodridge messed with Crusaders' hitters timing all game with a wide array of changeups and curves along with his normal zippy fastball.  Unfortunately, he received some shaky defensive support at times, allowing the Crusader to plate an unearned run in the first and another run in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead.  The Raiders bounced back, however, with the help of a wild Moeller pitcher and knotted the game at 2 in the 4th inning. Moeller scored another run (again unearned) in the 5th inning to go ahead 3-2 and then broke the game open in the 6th inning, scoring 4 more runs.  The final score ended 7-2, but Ryle proved they could hang with the best JV team in the area, despite playing "un-Raiderlike" defense (6 errors) in this game.    



On Wednesday, April 23, the Wyandotte Roosevelt Bears came to Ryle Field on their annual trek southward during their Spring Break.  For the past several years, Wyandotte - located on the east side of Detroit - travels south through Ohio and Kentucky to pick up some extra baseball games.  This year they scheduled Conner on Tuesday, Ryle on Wednesday, and Cooper on Thursday.

On the mound for the Raiders was sophomore Jake "Ziggy" Ziegelmeyer.  Ziggy threw darts from the first pitch of the game until the last, blanking the Bears on three hits, while allowing only one base on balls and striking out five hitters.  The Raiders scored 2 runs in the 3rd inning and 3 more in the 5th inning to account for the 5-0 final score.  Jeremy Downs contributed a big 2-run single and Ziggy drove in another run, while the Bears aided Ryle's cause with a couple errors and four free passes.  Mason Forbes and Colt Cordrey both hit doubles for Ryle during the game.



For the ninth straight year, the Ryle JV baseball team has reached 20 wins in a season.  This year's team accomplished this impressive feat on Tuesday, April 22 with a 16-6 run-rule win over LaSalle.

The Raiders first needed to defeat Scott on Monday for win #19.  It was not one of the Raiders' best hitting performances on the season, so Coach Demler went the small ball route and the team essentially bunted their way to a 6-2 win.  Matt Roe pitched five strong innings in his second start of the season and Logan Turner finished the final two innings.

On Tuesday, the Raiders travelled to LaSalle in a rematch of their early season game won by Ryle by a score of 6-4.  Andrew Louden started for the Raiders.  Things started well for the Raiders as they scored one in the first inning, but the Lancers pushed across 6 runs in the 2nd inning.  Ryle chipped two runs off the deficit in the 3rd inning and then got out their hitting sticks in the 4th and 5th innings.  The Raiders sent up 12 batters in an 8-run 4th and ten more batters in the 5th to push the score to 16-6.  Meanwhile, Louden recovered from his difficult 2nd inning and held LaSalle scoreless the rest of the way, with a little help from Andrew Huff for the final out.  All in all, the Raiders pounded out a season-high 17 hits, including 5 doubles, led by Matt Roe and Logan Turner, who each had three hits.

The Raiders face a difficult schedule ahead in their quest to set the all-time Ryle JV season record for wins in a season.  The record of 26 wins is held by the 2007, 20011, and 2013 squads.  This season's team has 9 regular season games remaining, plus up to an additional four games in the regional tournament to accomplish this goal and have every intent to do so. 



After a rough stretch the week of April 14th when they lost three games, the Raider Freshman team returned to the win column against Newport Catholic on Monday, April 21.

The losing streak began on April 17 when the Raiders dropped a close game against district rival Conner.  The Raiders held a 3-2 lead after 3 innings, but couldn't hold on as the Cougars scored three runs in the final 4 innings and defeated Ryle by a score of 5-3.  The Raiders had a late opportunity to get back in the game with runners on 2nd and 3rd base with only one out, but couldn't push across any runs.

The Raiders played a twinbill against Louisville Trinity on Saturday, April 19.  The boys came out flat, however, allowing 8 runs (5 earned) in the first inning.  The Shamrocks led 9-1 after two innings and 11-1 after three innings, but the Raiders were not done.  They strung together 6 hits, two of which were doubles, in route to a 7-run 4th inning and tightened the score to 11-8.  Unfortunately, the deficit would only grow, as Trinity added three more runs over the final 3 innings and defeated Ryle 14-9.  The five unearned runs allowed by the Raiders was the difference in this ball game.  The Raiders didn't show up in the second game and absorbed an 11-1 loss in 5 innings.

Ryle finally got off the schneid against NCC, winning 10-3.  Drew Turner pitched very well and earned the win.  As a team, Ryle had double-digit hits and only gave up 5 hits.  Defensively, Zak Smith made the play of the game - with a runner on first base, he initially overran a ball in the outfield, but then recovered to fire a seed to nail the lead runner attempting to advance to third.  

The Raiders have a big weekend ahead with games against LaSalle and Elder at home on Thursday and Friday and a weekend game versus Campbell County on Saturday.  The Frosh Raiders would love to have you come out and support them as they begin the home stretch run to the regional tournament!



On April 29, 2014, Ryle is having their annual Sportsfest fundraiser at Receptions in Erlanger to benefit all sports at Ryle.  All sports teams are being asked to sell at least one table of 10 people for the evening.  There are over 50 families in the baseball program and we need to fill one complete table.  The Baseball program will directly benefit from the fundraiser if we do our part.  The night will be a combination of Hall of Fame inductions, Guest speaker Vincent Ray of the Cincinnati Bengals, and a silent auction. 

Vince Murray (Class of 2007) is one of the inductees into the HOF.  Vince was a key member of the 2006 Regional runner-up baseball team and the 2007 Region Champion/Final 8 team. A three-year varsity starter, Vince went on to play football the US Naval Academy.  Also being inducted is Kirstin Allen (Class of 2006), sister of current varsity player Will Allen.  Along with those two are Christina Steiner, Cory Chitwood and contributors Gary and Barb Christian.  It should be a fun night.

Attached is a copy of the flyer and a ticket order form.  You can contact Coach Roesel regarding ordering your tickets.  Baseball families are greatly needed to make this a successful night for athletes at Ryle.   

Handout: Ryle 2014 Sportsfest

Basebball Line


On a sunny Saturday afternoon, the Ryle Raiders Varsity and Junior Varsity squads took a joint bus ride over to Finneytown, Ohio to square off at the same time (different fields obviously) against the respective V/JV teams from St. Xavier High School.  Neither outcome was as hoped unfortunately.  

In the varsity game, the Raiders jumped on the board in the first inning on a Bomber error, but the Bombers quickly tied it up on a sac fly. The Bombers added a run in the 2nd inning and two runs in the bottom of the 3rd on a 2-run homer to go up 4-1. Ryle evened the score in the 4th inning when Colt Cordrey doubled, Jake Ziegelmeyer walked, Tom Deters ripped an RBI single, Colin Craven hit an RBI groundout, and Brady Ast laid down a perfect suicide squeeze to score Deters.  St X came right back to re-take the lead on a single, sac bunt, and single to left and added another on a Ryle fielding miscue. 

In the 5th inning, Jeremy Downs crushed a two-out double down 3B line and Cordrey stroked a single to left-center to cut the lead 6-5. Josh Bellew held the Bombers in the bottom of the 5th, thanks to a diving stab by Cordrey and a terrific swipe tag by Deters.  Ryle knotted the score in the 6th inning on an RBI-double by Mason Forbes to score Craven.  Unfortunately, with two outs in the bottom of the 6th inning, St X scored what proved to be the winning run on a Ryle throwing error, as the Raiders failed to score in the 7th inning and lost 7-6. 
On the JV front, things looked great for 4 innings as the Raiders jumped out to a 3-0 lead behind another outstanding pitching effort from Zach Kirschler.  Things started to unravel in the 5th inning, however,  as St X scored 3 runs courtesy of 3 Ryle errors.  Things turned decidedly sour in the next inning, however, as two more Ryle fielding errors allowed three more unearned runs.  The Raiders were unable to push across any runs against a tough Bombers' reliever and fell 6-4 on a day when the normally-tough Ryle defense came up a little short.  



Max Vickers brought his "A" game to the mound on Friday, April 18, when the Raiders JV club faced the Henry Clay Blue Devils at Ryle's home field.  Vickers, coming off an impressive performance against Milford in his last outing, was dominate from the first pitch, allowing only one unearned run in 6 innings of work.  After the leadoff Henry Clay hitter got on board in the 7th inning, Andrew Louden came in to relieve and immediately coaxed a ground ball double play and strike out to end the game.  Offensively, the Raiders only got 5 hits in the game, but four of them came in a 6-run 3rd inning that was also aided by a few walks and Blue Devil errors.  The key part of the inning was back-to-back singles by Alex Goodridge and Noah Gayhart, followed by a big RBI double by Jake Hiles.  When all was said and done, Ryle walked away with a solid 6-1 win for its 9th straight win. 


The Raiders bounced back with a vengeance Friday night, April 18, against the Lloyd Juggernauts. Several Raiders took advantage of their first start of the year. Levi Berg was 2-4 with 2 RBI; Mason Sturdivant 1-3 and 2 RBI; Anthony Pfaehler 2-5 and 2 RBI; and Will Allen 1-4 with an RBI. The Juggernauts tried several pitchers, but were unable to contain the Raider offense as Ryle went on to a 10-3 victory. Mac Welsh got the start for the Raiders, holding Lloyd scoreless in his three innings of work, while Tom Deters got credit for the win as he pitched the middle three frames.  Will Allen threw the final inning in relief for the Raiders.



Ryle and Covington Catholic met for the second time this season on Wednesday, April 16, at Florence Freedom with Ryle being the home team.  Cov Cath won the previous matchup between the schools by a score of 15-11. 

The game started out innocently enough, with the Colonels having two outs and two on with no runs scored (yet) in the first inning.  Things went a tad downhill from there, however, as Cov Cath plated 9 runs and sent 14 batters to the plate before the inning was over.  The Raiders weren't able to do much offensively until the 4th inning when they scored two unearned runs on a Cov Cath error.  The Colonels scored 3 more times in the 5th frame, however, and it was enough to end the game on a run-rule, with the final score 13-3. 

No doubt there are better days ahead for the Raiders! 



The JV Raiders travelled to Park Hills on Wednesday, April 16, to face the always-tough Covington Catholic Colonels.  When all was said and done, Ryle staged an exciting comeback win, extending their winning streak to eight games and their season record to 17-2.

Ryle starter Alex Goodridge engaged in a pitcher's duel for the first three innings.  In the bottom of the 4th inning, Cov Cath plated four runs, thanks in no small part to a seeing-eye single, base hit bunt, and a bizarre blooper over third base that took a hard left bounce and rolled under a fence for a ground rule double.  Goodridge made it through the inning and then held the Colonels at bay in the 5th and 6th innings.

After being held scoreless in the 5th inning, the JV Raiders broke through in the 6th inning with four runs of their own.  The big hit of the inning was a 2-run double by Sam Scholl that tied the game.  In the top of the 7th inning, Ryle jumped all over the Cov Cath reliever, scoring 5 runs to take a 9-4 lead.  Zach Kirschler came on for Ryle in the 7th inning and allowed only one unearned run to close out the game and put an impressive comeback win in the books!

The Raider 8-game winning streak began on April 9 with a win over Simon Kenton.  The Raiders have had a different winning pitcher in each of the 8 games, showing the depth of their pitching staff - this despite temporarily missing one of their top hurlers with a wrist injury.  Of note was an impressive 5-3 win over Conner on April 14 in which freshman pitchers Andrew Huff and Noah Gayhart helped close the door on a terrific starting performance by Logan Turner.  Gayhart recorded the final out of the game with the tying runners on base and the winning run at the plate.  



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.    

In the Raiders' third and final game of the tournament on Saturday, April 12, they faced a tough and highly-ranked Louisville Male team.  The Raiders played solidly from beginning to end, winning 8-1 and improving their season record to 6-5.  Ethan Brennan threw six outstanding innings of one-hit, one-run baseball and Tom Deters pitched a scoreless final frame.  The Raiders made the most of their five hits, as each hit produced a run.  Eric Clarkson had two RBI's for the Raiders, who plated five runs in the first inning and never looked back.   



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.


Tyler Smith SK game
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/




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/


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.



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.  


Ryle Baseball Field


Diamond Club Shirt


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. 

2014 Diamond Club Banner


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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. 



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.



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.



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.


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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.   




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. 



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.