Ryle Raiders Baseball: Welcome

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The Raider baseball program hosted its annual end-of-season banquet on Thursday, June 11, 2015, at Ryle High School.  Freshman Head Coach Scott Buckler, JV Head Coach Jim Demler, and Varsity Head Coach Pat Roesel each spoke to the accomplishments of their respective teams this season and also presented some well-deserved individual awards.


Best Pitcher - Evan Webster
Most Improved - Mitchell Toepfert
Raider Baseball (MVP) Award - Jacob Tarvin


Top Defensive Player - Noah Gayhart
Best Pitcher - Drew Demler
Raider Baseball (MVP) Award - Drew Turner


Best Pitcher - Jake Ziegelmeyer
Most Improved - Zach Kirschler
"Charlie Hustle" Award - Nathan Roe
Raider Baseball (MVP) Award - Brady Ast



Ryle's impressive late-season run and bid for a regional title came to an end with a 7-0 loss to Highlands on May 27 at Florence Freedom.  The Bluebirds' pitching was outstanding in this game and was backed by an equally strong defense.

Ryle starting pitcher Troy Coleman held the Bluebirds scoreless for the first two innings, but Highlands eventually scored two runs in the third inning with some timely hitting.  Meanwhile, Raider hitters were held at bay by Highlands' pitcher Ethan Doty.  The score remained 2-0 until the fatal 4th inning, when a couple of perfect (if not a tad lucky) Highlands' bunts mixed in with a few uncharacteristic Raider fielding miscues allowed the Bluebirds to put up five runs and take a 7-0 lead.  Ryle attempted to rally in the 6th inning, as they loaded the bases with two outs, but were unable to score.  

Raider players Zach Kirschler, Jake Ziegelmeyer, and Nathan Roe were named to the all-tournament team for their fine play.   

Though disappointing, the Raiders nonetheless have every reason to be proud of their season.  There were only two teams from Northern Kentucky still playing high school baseball on this night and Ryle was one of them.   They surpassed the 20-win mark during the regional tournament, finishing the season with a record of 21-17-2.   Though some outstanding senior players will be moving on, the Raiders have a solid group of underclassman returning in 2016 that will no doubt be hungry to claim the Ninth Region title. 

Raiders Huddle for One Last Time in 2015

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Congratulations to Ryle senior Brady Ast, who was named as the second baseman of the Northern Kentucky Baseball Coaches Association (NKBCA) All-Star team.   In addition, Jake Ziegelmeyer was selected as one of four juniors to the Ninth Region Junior All-Star team.  These prestigious awards are voted on by the head baseball coaches within the Northen Kentucky area.



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Kirschler tosses complete game, 3-hitter against NewCath

The Raiders continued their quest for a regional championship title with a resounding 8-2 win over Newport Central Catholic in the semi-final game on May 26.  Ryle will now meet Highlands in the championship game on May 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Florence Freedom stadium.

Just like a night earlier, Ryle got a first-rate performance from their starting pitcher, Zach Kirschler.  Kirschler pitched a complete game, allowing only three hits and striking out four batters - including the last two batters of the game.  After giving up single runs in both the first and second innings, Kirschler settled in and not only did not allow another run to score, but did not allow another hit over the final five frames.

The Raiders jumped into the lead in the second inning.  Down 2-1 when they began their at-bat, Ryle put up three runs in the inning, with the key hit being a two-run, two-out single by Max Lonnemann.  After neither team scored in the third inning, the Raiders broke the game open with three runs in the 4th inning.  Two of the three runs were benefit of some NewCath fielding miscues, while Jarrod Billig drove in the other run with a hard-hit single.  

NewCath attempted a rally in the 6th inning, as the leadoff hitter walked, but first baseman Colin Craven turned an unassisted double play by snagging the next hitter's line drive and then diving to first base to double off the runner.  Craven wasn't done putting on a defensive show, however, as he immediately made an outstanding back-handed grab of the next batter's ground ball down the line and tossed to Kirschler covering the bag for the out.  Ryle added one final run in the bottom of the 6th inning on another RBI single by Billig, who was 3 for 3 on the night. 

Ryle will look to move their season record to 22-16-2 with a win against the Bluebirds in the championship game and, more importantly, move on to the state championship at Whitaker Bank Field next week as the representatives of the Ninth Region. 

Ryle secondbaseman Brady Ast fires to first base to nail NewCath batter

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The Raiders have advanced to the Ninth Region semifinal round virtue of a thrilling 2-1 walk-off win over rival Covington Catholic on Memorial Day at Florence Freedom field.  It was a pitching duel from the very beginning between the Raider's Jake Ziegelmeyer and Cov Cath's Adam Ruwe.  Both pitchers gave up a run in the 2nd inning and then put up zeros on the scoreboard for the next 90 minutes.  Ryle's second inning run came via a Ziegelmeyer solo home run. 

The pitchers both received some solid defensive play behind them.  On Ryle's side, Matt Roe ran down two well-hit balls to left field, Colin Craven made a nice stop on a hard hit ball down the 1B line, and Marshall Rich threw out a would-be Colonel base stealer.  But the defensive play of the game belong to 3Bman Jake Puthoff, who dove to his right on a rocket-shot ground ball, quickly spun up to his feet, and fired a laser to 1B to nail the runner by a step. 

Ryle had opportunties earlier in the game to add a run or two but couldn't capitalize.  Nathan Roe blasted two triples during the game, but was left stranded at third on both occasions.  Ziegelmeyer continued to hold Cov Cath scoreless from the third inning on, including the top of the 9th inning, which by KHSAA rule was his last eligible inning to pitch.  He then led of the bottom of the 9th inning with a single to left field.  Andrew Louden came in to courtesy run for Zig.  Matt Roe laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Louden to second, but both runners ended up safe due to Ruwe's off-line throw to second base.  Jarrod Billig then ended the game by laying a perfect bunt down the third base line, which Ruwe fielded and threw past his first baseman.  Louden came around second base to score the winning run.   

The Raiders now advance to the semifinal round, where they will meet Newport Catholic, who defeated Dixie Heights 11-1 in the game following the Raiders.  The game time is set for approximatley 7:30 p.m., as it will follow the Highlands-Boone County semifinal game.



Ryle starts their quest for a third regional title, and second in two years, on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) at Florence Freedom.  The Raiders drew Covington Catholic (#2 seed out of the 35th District) in their first round game to be played at 4:00 p.m.  Ryle has played Cov Cath three times previously this season, losing by the scores of 8-1 and 4-2 and tying 4-4 (game was called due to darkness).  Should the Raiders win this game, they would face the winner of Dixie Heights/Newport Catholic (7:00 p.m.) in the semi-final round.  Ryle beat New Cath twice this season and won two of three meetings against Dixie.  On the other side of the bracket, Highlands faces St. Henry (10:00 a.m.) and Beechwood opposes Boone County  (1:00 p.m.), with the two winners meeting in the semi-final round. 



2015 District 33 Champions

The Raiders were crowned District 33 champions on May 20 after knocking off #1 seed Boone County in the championship game by the score of 5-4.  Ryle last won the district title in 2012.  Ryle raised its season record to 19-16-2 with the win.

The game started out extremely well for the Raiders, who found themselves up 5-0 after three at-bats.  The Raiders were aided by several walks issued by  Boone pitchers, but also got some timely hits by Jarrod Billig and Logan Turner.  Ryle starter Zach Kirschler  cruised through the first two innings, but things went a bit awry for the Raiders in the bottom of the third inning, as Boone scored 3 runs due in large part to four Raider errors.  Trent Mills came on in relief in the 4th inning to end a potential Boone rally and then held Boone scoreless the next two innings.  The scored remained 5-3 going into the bottem of the 7th inning.  When Boone got their first two batters on base, Max Lonnemann was brought in to relieve.  Boone scored a run and had the tying run on third base when Lonnemann induced a game-ending fly ball to centerfield. 

Hitting leaders in the game for the Raiders were Brady Ast, who was 3-3 plus a walk; Logan Turner, who was 2-3; Marshall Rich (double); and Jarrod Billig (2 RBI).  Mills picked up the win, going 2 2/3 strong innings in relief (allowing only  one run) and Lonnemann earned the save.  Jake Ziegelmeyer, Mills, and Lonnemann were selected to the all-tournament team, with Lonnemann chosen as the Most Valuable Player in the tournament.   

The Raiders now move on the the Ninth Region Tournament, which starts on Memorial Day at Florence Freedom.  Ryle, as the #1 seed out of their district, will face a #2 seed from one of the other three districts in Northern Kentucky (St. Henry, New Cath, or Cov Cath).  The drawing for the tournament pairings will be held on Saturday, May 23. 

Raiders Hoist 2015 District Championship Trophy

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Jake Ziegelmeyer on mound against Conner


The Raiders locked up a spot in the Ninth Region Tourney by defeating rival Conner 7-3 on May 19.  The Raiders will now face #1 district seed Boone County on May 20 to crown the District 33 champion and decide who will enter the regional tourney as the #1 seed from the district.

Jake Ziegelmeyer pitched six strong innings against the Cougars, striking out 10 batters while only allowing one walk.  Ziegelmeyer received some nice fielding plays behind him, including several by shortstop Max Lonneman and a nice tag out at the plate by catcher Marshall Rich on a runner attempting to score. 

Ryle jumped out to a 1-0 lead early when Nathan Roe scored on Colin Craven's double.  The Raiders pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 3rd inning, but Conner came back with two runs of their own.  Ryle broke open the game in the 4th inning when they scored four runs on only two hits, but benefitted from several walks/hits batman by the Conner pitcher and several Conner fielding errors.  Trent Mills closed out the game in the 7th inning to preserve the win.

Marshall Rich tags out Conner runner

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The 2015 District 33 Tournament will be held at Ryle on May 18, 19, and 20.  On May 18, #1 seed Boone County will face off against #4 seed Cooper.  On May 19, #3 seed Ryle will face #2 seed Conner.  The winners of these games will meet on May 20 to determine the district champion.  Both teams will advance to the Ninth Region Tournament, which begins on May 25 (Memorial Day) at Florence Freedom's field.  

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The JV season ended a couple of games earlier than was hoped for, as Ryle was beaten in the secound round of the regional tournament by Simon Kenton by the score of 4-2.  The Pioneers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning and pushed that lead to 4-0 after 4 innings.  While Simon Kenton hit the ball well,  some Ryle fielding miscues and mental mistakes hurt the home team's cause.  Drew Jackson held Simon Kenton scoreless over the final three frames, and was helped out by an exciting one-out, bases loaded, infield-drawn-in, double play turned by SS Christian Scanlon and 2Bman Tatsuki Nishimura in the top of the 7th inning.  The Raiders scored their two runs in the 6th inning on a two-out, 2-run single by Drew Demler.  That inning, coupled with the 7th inning double play, appeared to give the Raiders the comeback momentum needed to pull off the win, but Ryle was unable to push across any runs in the last of the 7th.  Simon Kenton played a solid all-around game and, on this night at least, were the better team. 

The JV squad finished the season with an 18-10 record.  There were many highlights during the season and even more reasons for the players to be proud of themselves, as there were significant contributions from every player on the roster.  Some of the more impressive moments of the season included: Demler/Jackson's combined no-hitter over New Cath in the second game of the season; Drew Turner driving in 6 runs in a win over rival Boone County; the team going 5-0 in district games against Boone, Cooper, and Conner; two nail-biting games against Cov Cath - one a 7-6 win and the other a 6-5 loss; a 7-6, extra-inning win over a tough Male team thanks to a Max Meredith pinch-hit double;  a 6-3 win over Milford on Midland's stadium field; Nathan Jewell throwing 10+ innings in his two starts late in the year without walking a single batter; Max Vickers getting the first ever hit against Coach Demler in the annual intrasqaud game; and countless other great moments.  There were, of course, a few less-than-awesome moments as well - the 15-10 loss to South Oldham after being up 10-2 through 4 innings; the 13-7 loss to Beechwood after leading 5-4 going into last inning; a 10-0 shellacking by Anderson at Midland's field; a 12-3 loss to Simon Kenton; and, of course, Turner breaking his collarbone in the first round tournament game against Dixie.  But if you don't have a couple of "down" moments during a baseball season, then you're either not playing enough games or tough enough competition.  And there's no doubt that the JV club played a challenging schedule and earned each one of their victories. 

Congrats to the JV team and best of luck to those players that move on to the varsity level, where fastballs come in a little quicker and curve balls break a little sharper.  And to the 2015 Ryle Freshman team - get yourself ready because we plan on winning the JV championship in 2016! 


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The Ryle Freshman team's outstanding season came to an end on May 11, as they drop their semifinal round game of the regional tournament to Cov Cath by the score of 6-0.  The Raiders received a solid pitching outing from Ben Lloyd, who went the distance and allowed only 3 earned runs.  Five Ryle fielding errors certainly hurt the Raiders' cause.  The game was scoreless after three innings, but the Colonels dented the scoreboard in the 4th inning and the Raiders could get nothing going offensively, generating only 3 hits during the game.  Several balls were hit solidly, but right at Cov Cath fielders.  With the win Cov Cath advanced to the championship game on May 13, where they defeated Campbell County by the score of 8-1.  

The freshman team finished the season with an impressive 19-6 record, one of the highest win totals in Ryle freshman baseball history.  Their resilency during difficult times allowed them to start the season with 9 straight wins, including key victories over Highlands and Cov Cath.  Perhaps the signature win of the season was their 10-0 victory over a very good Henderson County team in which starting pitcher Jacob Tarvin allowed only one hit.  Certainly the pitching highlight of the season was Evan Webster's no-hitter in a 6-0 win over Cooper, though just about every one of Webster's pitching outings were highlight material.  Congrats to Lloyd, Tarvin, and Christian Scanlon, who all saw some JV time this season and will certainly be relied upon heavily by the JV coaching staff next season. 

All in all, it was a season with much to be proud of, yet there were still many lessons to learn from.  Good luck to the freshman players as they hit the ball diamonds this summer and Fall!



The Varsity Raiders have reached the final week of the regular season and have five final games remaining before district tournament play begins.  Their record currently stands at 14-16-1, owing in part to an extremely difficult schedule.  To date, the Raiders have played the following ranked teams (per Kentucky Prep Baseball Report) : #6 Southwestern, #7 Highlands, #8 Covington Catholic (twice), #10 LaFayette, #15 Beechwood, #24 Bowling Green, #26 Scott County, #27 Male, and the #1 ranked team in Ohio (Moeller).  While such a challenging schedule may not lend itself to the prettiest record, it should certainly prepare the Raiders for the challenges of post-season play. 

The Raiders will be looking to get back to their winning ways this week, after having dropped 5 of their last 6 games.  Their schedule for the week includes games against Simon Kenton (May 11), Lloyd (May 12), Dixie Heights (May 14), Covington Catholic (May 15), and the regular season finale against St. Henry (May 16). 

District tournament play will begin on May 18 and will be hosted by the Raiders at Ryle's home field.  First round games will be played on May 18 and May 19, with the winners meeting on May 20 to determine the district champion.  Both teams in the district championship game will move on as the District 33 representatives in the Ninth Region tournament, scheduled to begin on May 25. 



It was a tough weekend for the varsity Raiders on May 8-9 as they participated in the Fayette County Invitational.  The Raiders faced three ranked and highly-regarded baseball teams in this tourney. 

On Friday night the Raiders fell to #10 ranked Lafayette (25-4 record) by the score of 10-3.  Nathan Roe had two hits for the Raiders.  Saturday saw the Raiders faced against two more ranked opponents in #6 Southwestern (23-6 record) and #24 Bowling Green (23-6).  The Raiders lost an 11-10 heartbreaker to Bowling Green.  After having scored 7 runs in the 6th inning to take a 10-7 lead, Ryle eventually lost in the bottom of the 7th on a walk-off 2-run home run.  Hitting leaders in this game for Ryle were: Brady Ast (2-3, 2B), Nathan Roe (3B, 2 RBI), Trent Mills (2-4), Will Allen (2B, 2 RBI), and Logan Rieman (2B).  The Raiders also absorbed a tough 5-3 loss to Southwestern in the second game of their Saturday doubleheader.  Alex Goodridge pitched a solid game against the Warriors, but the Raiders were only able to muster 3 hits in the game, two of them by Brady Ast.    



The Ryle Freshman Raiders have advanced to the semi-finals of the NKY Regional Tournament by virtue on their 14-4 win over Grant County on May 8 and their 4-3 win over Dixie Heights on May 9.  They are now scheduled to meet Covington Catholic on May 12 at St. Henry High School at 5:00 p.m.  The Raiders and the Colonels split their two meetings earlier this season, with Ryle winning 5-4 on March 18 and Cov Cath winning 15-5 on May 5. 

The Raiders received an outstanding relief performance from Drew Fulmer in the Grant County game, as he allowed only one hit and one run in his four innings of work.  Grant County had scored three runs in the first two innings, as Ryle pitching struggled with their control early until Fulmer shut the door.  Jacob Tarvin went 4 for 5 with a triple and three runs scored to lead the Raiders offensively.  Christian Scanlon chipped in with two hits, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI and Conner Ryle drove in three runs.  

The Raiders won in dramatic fashion versus Dixie Heights.  Ryle starting pitching again struggled with their control and the Raiders found themselves down 3-2 after three innings.  They come back to tie the score at 3 and reliever Evan Webster slammed the door on Dixie in the final four innings, not allowing even one hit.  

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Ben Lloyd started the game-winning rally with a one-out single and then stole second base on a very close and contested play.  Down two strikes in the count, Conner Ryle hit a slow roller up the middle which was juggled and then thrown away by the Dixie shortstop.  Lloyd came around to score and Ryle walked off with an exciting 4-3 win. Hitting leaders for the Raiders in this game were Lloyd (3-4, 2B, RBI) and Mitch Toepfert (2-4, 2B, RBI).



The 3rd annual JV intrasquad game, in which half the JV team is led by JV Head Coach Demler ("Demler's Derelicts") and the other half by Assistant Coach Carney ("Carney's Crazies"), was held on Saturday, May 9.  Though Coach Demler's squad had won the game in each of the past two years, oddsmakers had Coach Carney's team as a strong favorite to win this year's contest.  

Coach Demler and Carney took the mounds as starting pitchers for their respective squads.  The Derelicts put up two runs in the first inning, but the Crazies came back and scored one of their own on a suicide squeeze that left Coach Demler in shock.  The score remained 2-1 through 2 innings, but things fell apart for the Crazies in the 3rd inning as  Coach Carney struggled with his control.  Jacob Adkins came in to relieve and put the fire out, but when all was said and done, the Derelicts put up 4 runs to take a 6-1 lead and never looked back.  While many questioned the  umpiring in the game as being obviously one-sided in favor of the Derelicts, Coach Carney took the high road after the game stating, "The umpire was horrific and cost us the game.  Anyone could see that he refused to call a strike on my pitches that bounced over the plate."  Well, maybe not the highest of high roads.  The Crazies never got the bats going against Coach Demler or Derelicts' reliever, Clay Wohlwender, and the game ended with the final score of 8-2 and more cries of "Wait until next year" issued by Coach Carney's Crazies.

Pizza and drinks were enjoyed by all after the game, compliments of Snappy Tomato Pizza.  All in all, it was a fun time by all and a good final tune-up for the JV squad as they head into the regional tournament.

JV Team Enjoys Pizza After IntraSquad Game

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The JV ended their regular season with a convincing 11-0 win over Newport Central Catholic on May 7.  The win pushed the JV Raiders record to 17-9 on the season.  Starting pitcher Nathan Jewell was dominant on the mound in his 5 innings of work, not walking a single batter for the second straight start.  Thomas Spiritoso threw a scoreless final frame.  The Raider offense was led by Ryan Siemer, who cranked out three hits, and Cameron McCabe, who added two hits of his own. 

The Raiders now look to make their statement in the end-of-season regional tournament.  They face Dixie Heights on May 11 in the opening round, with the game being played at Dixie at 5:00 p.m.  A win in this game would allow Ryle to meet the winner of the Simon Kenton/Scott matchup on May 13.  The tournament championship is scheduled to be played at Dixie Heights on May 16th and the Raiders fully expect to be there!  



On May 1 and May 2, the Raider Varsity club played three games in the Scott County Invitational and walked away with three quality wins. 

On Friday night, the Raiders faced a tough Tates Creek ball club, a team that Ryle has never before beaten in five previous matchups.   On the mound for the Raiders was Zach Kirschler, coming off outstanding pitching performances in his previous two starts against New Cath (7-inning shutout) and Dixie Heights (6+ inning, 1 ER).  Kirschler would out-do even those fine performances on this night, however, throwing a complete game, 3-hitter, and leading the Raiders to a 4-1 win over the Commodores.  It took Kirschler only 72 pitches during his 7 innings of work, as he did not allow a single base on balls and struck out 4 batters.  He gave up one run in the top of the first inning and then threw blanks the rest of the way.  The Raiders scored their four runs in the bottom of the first inning.  They collected a total of 8 hits in the game, led by Max Lonnemann and Jarod Billig with two hits each. 

In the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, Ryle faced Allen Central, a school located in Floyd County approximately 40 miles north of Hazard.  Andrew Louden got the start and win in this game, while Trent Mills picked up the save in relief.  The Raiders got the go-ahead run in the top of the 7th inning and then held on for the win.  Hitting leaders in the game were Lonnemann (2-3, 2 RBI), Jake Ziegelmeyer (2B), Colin Craven (2-3), Nathan Roe (2-3) and Logan Rieman (2 RBI). 

In the second game of the day, Ryle faced host Scott County, currently ranked #13 in the Kentucky Prep Baseball Report.  Ziegelmeyer started on the hill for the Raiders and racked up 8 strikeouts, leading the Raiders to a 5-4 win.  The Raiders benefitted from eight walks by Cardinal pitchers, three of whom scored.  Louden knocked in two runs and made a diving catch in the outfield in the 5th inning that saved a run from scoring.  Other notable Raider hitters were Billig (2-3, 2b, RBI), Marshall Rich (RBI), and Craven (2 Runs Scored). 

All in all, a very successful weekend for the Raiders, who currently own a 4-game winning streak as they enter their final two weeks of the regular season. 

Raiders at Scott County Invitational

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The Raiders Freshman team has reached the final week of the regular season, with games scheduled at St. Henry (May 4), at Covington Catholic (May 5), and at home against Bishop Brossart (May 6).  The Freshman team record currently stands at an impressive 15-4.  Their opening game in the end-of-season regional tournament is scheduled for Thursday, May 8, against Grant County.  The game will be played at  Ryle High School at 5:00 p.m. and the winner will advance to play on May 9.  You can follow the tournament bracket by clicking on the "2015  Regional Tournament" link on the left-hand side of this page.  Good Luck Raiders!



On May 2, the Raider Freshman team swept a double header from Cooper, winning 6-0 and 6-3.  Evan Webster got the start in the first game and was lights out from the very first pitch.  He tossed an impressive no-hitter, allowing just one walk and striking out three batters.  He pitched very efficiently, throwing only 62 pitches in his 7 innings of work, and received some final defensive support behind him, including several nice grabs in the outfield by Christian Scanlon.  Ryle took a 1-0 lead in the 3rd inning and added 3 more runs in the 6th inning with hits by Jospeh Truitt, Mitch Toepfert, Conner Ryle, and Ben Lloyd.  But on this day, one run was more than enough for Webster .  It was a much-needed win for the Raiders, who were coming off a 6-0 loss to Simon Kenton on April 30 and a heart-breaking 2-1 extra-inning loss to Newport Central Catholic the night before the Cooper twinbill.

Ben Lloyd got the start in the second game of the double header and almost matched Webster's performance, going five innings and also not allowing a hit.  The Jags did score two unearned runs off Lloyd.  It was a solid all-around performance by the Raiders as they look to gain momentum heading into the Regional Tournament. 



On Thursday, May 7, following the Raiders' home game against Newport Central Catholic, there will be a brief on-field ceremony honoring the 2015 Raider senior players -  Will Allen, Marshall Rich, Mason Sturdivant, Brady Ast, Jake Puthoff, Max Lonnemann, and Colin Craven.  Following this ceremony and picture-taking opportunity, all senior Raiders families are invited to attend a picnic held up at the football stadium concession area.  Congratulations to these young men on their outstanding careers as Ryle Raider baseball players and best of luck to each of you in the future!

2015 Raider Seniors
2015 Raider Seniors: Will Allen, Marshall Rich, Mason Sturdivant, Brady Ast, Jake Puthoff, Max Lonnemann, Colin Craven



Having just loss a close, extra-inning game to Dixie Heights on April 24 in the Bryan Stevenson Memorial Tournament (the Raiders other two games were not completed due to rain), Ryle and Dixie Heights squared off again on Monday, April 27.  The result was another close game, but this time the Raiders prevailed by the score of 3-1.  Jake Ziegelmeyer got his first start on the mound since his leg injury earlier in the season and threw 6 1/3 strong innings, allowing only one earned run (which scored on the last play of the game).  Troy Coleman came on in relief in the 7th inning with runners at second and third base and the potential tying run at the plate.  He enduced a game-ending fly ball, which was turned into a double play when the Ryle outfielder nailed the Colonel runner attempting to tag up from second to third base.  The runner on third base was credited with scoring just ahead of the final out, giving Dixe their only run.  Brady Ast was hot at the plate for the Raiders, going 2 for 3 with a double and triple.  Max Lonnemann and Colin Craven also contributed two hits and one RBI each, and Ziegelmeyer chipped in with a double.   



It was the best of times and the worst of times for the JV Raiders on April 24 and April 25.  On Thursday, the Raiders faced the undeafeated Beechwood Tigers.  Drew Demler got the start and struggled a bit with his control, but still kept the Raiders in the game.  Down 4-0 in the 5th inning, Noah Gayhart crushed a 3-run double to tie the game.  In the 6th inning, Max Meredith hit a potential game-winning 2-out RBI single to put the Raiders up 5-4 - with "potential" being the key word.  Yogi Berra once said "It ain't over 'til it's over" and that adage certainly applied to this game, as the Tigers put up 9 unearned runs in the top of the 7th inning with the help of some Ryle fielding miscues and walks.  When all was said and done, the Raiders came up on the short end of a 13-7 score.

The Raiders travelled to Lexington on Friday to face Male in the first game of the Lexington Dunbar Invitational.  As ugly as was the Beechwood loss, the Ryle win in this game was even better.  Max Vickers got the start and pitched well for 4 innings, allowing six runs (only 3 earned).  The Raiders' bats got hot in the 2nd inning, scoring six runs, and the score remained 6-6 into the 8th inning.  Drew Jackson was dominant in his 4 innings of relief, stunning Male hitters with a mixture of fastballs and off-speed pitches.  The Raiders' defense was lights out, with exceptional plays in the infield by Noah Gayhart, Drew Turner, and Andrew Huff, and one in the outfield by Josh Puthoff.  In the bottom of the 8th inning, pinch hitter-extraordinaire Max Meredith smoked a double and scored the winning run on a 2-out single by Turner.   All in all, a great comeback performance for Ryle after the disappointing Beechwood loss.

Unfortunately for the Raiders, the remainder of the tournament on Saturday was cancelled due to rain, the 14th and 15th rained out games of the season.  



Things did not go so well for the Varsity Raiders in their third and final district seeding game against Cooper on April 22.  The Raiders, who lost to Boone and beat Conner in their other seeding games, could have locked up the #2 seed with a win over the Jags, with whom they split in their earlier two matchups this season.  But it was not Ryle's day in this oneand they dropped a 12-7 decision.  The Raiders actually found themselves down 12-0 at one point in the game and mounted a spirited rally, but the comeback fell short.  They will look to regroup this weekend in the Bryan Stevenson Memorial Tournament.



Coming off a strong showing in the Doc Morris Tournament, the varsity Raiders faced off against the Scott Eagles on April 20 at Florence Freedom baseball field and came away with a solid 7-2 win.  Troy Coleman started on the bump for Ryle and went six strong innings, allowing only 4 hits and two runs while striking out 5 Eagles batters.  He evened his record to 1-1 on the season.  Jake Ziegelmeyer closed out the game in the 7th inning, recording two strikeouts. 

The Raiders had seven players record a hit in the game, with the biggest of them being Nathan Roe's 2-out, 2-run double in the first inning.   Brady Ast, Max Lonnemann, Marshall Rich, Jarrod Billig, Logan Turner, and Ziegelmeyer each had singles for Ryle.  The Raiders' record now stands at 8-8-1 on the season as they head into their final district seeding game against Cooper on April 22. 



The Raider Freshman team is off to one of the best starts in Ryle history.  Entering the April 18th weekend, the team record stood at 9-0, with wins over all three districts opponents, as well as the always-tough Cov Cath Colonels.  On Saturday, the Raiders put their perfect season on the line and headed down to Louisville Male High School to play a doubleheader against Male and Henderson County.

Their spotless record finally took a hit, however, as the Raiders lost 9-4 against a very good Male team.  The normally solid Ryle defense didn't play at its usual high level and allowed several unearned Male runs to score.  The Raiders tried to come back in the last inning, but could only plate two runs.  Hitting leaders for the Raiders were: Jacob Tarvin (double, RBI), Conner Ryle (double, RBI), and Blake Burnett ( 2 for 3, RBI). 

The Raiders bounced back nicely in the second game, however, and pounded Henderson County by the score of 10-0 in five innings.  Tarvin was the winning pitcher, going the distance and allowing only one hit while striking out 8 batters.  He also contributed at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a double and two stolen bases, including a rare steal of home in the 4th inning.  Other notable Ryle hitters were: Scanlon (hit, RBI), Ryle (2 for 4, RBI), Sean Matthews (2 for 3, 2 runs), and Joseph Truitt (2 runs).

The Raiders record now stands at 10-1 and they next face Dixie Heights on April 21.  Ryle has two weeks left in the regular season before entering the end-of-season regional tournament.



From April 16-18, the Raiders participated in the Doc Morris Invitational Tournament, the longest running baseball tournament in Kentucky.  In addition, Ryle was one of five host sites for tournament games to be played.  Ryle was placed in a bracket with Newport Central Catholic, Cooper, and Boyd County.

The Raiders opened play on April 16 against Newport Central Catholic.  The Raiders broke open a scoreless game in the 3rd inning on a 2-run double by Brady Ast, who was subsequently driven in on a single by Jarrod Billig.  They added single runs in the 5th and 6th innings.  The story of this game, however, was starting pitcher Zach Kirschler, who went all 7 innings and completely shut down the NCC offense, allowing only 4 hits. 

On April 17, the Raiders were matched against Boyd County Lions out of Ashland, Kentucky.  Billig got the start in this game and went 4 innings, allowing only 3 earned runs.  Trent Mills added three innings of 1-hit, 1-run relief.  The game had to be suspended after 7 innings of play due to darkness with the score knotted at 4-4.  The Raiders missed a golden opportunity to win the game in the bottom of the 7th inning when they had runners on 2nd and 3rd base with one out, but couldn't push either across a run.  Ast again contributed two hits in this game and Colin Craven was 1 for 4 with an RBI.

On April 18, the Ryle faced district rival Cooper, to whom they had lost 12-10 earlier in the year.  Ryle got their revenge on Cooper in this one, coming out on top by the score of 6-2.  Alex Goodridge started on the mound and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing just two runs while striking out six Jag hitters.  Jake Ziegelmeyer returned from an earlier sesaon leg injury and threw the final 1 1/3 innings, striking out 3 batters.  Ast remained red-hot at the plate, once again collecting two base hits, including a double.  Matt Roe (2 RBI), Nathan Roe, and Craven all drove in runs for the Raiders. 



On Saturday, April 18, the JV Raiders participated in the 3rd Annual Drew Michaels Autism AwarenessTournament, hosted by Covington Catholic JV Head Coach John Michaels and his wife, Emily, to bring awareness to autism and raise money to support military families affected by this disorder.  Ryle played in the first two iterations of this tournament,  winning both times.  In contrast to the weather of the first month of the season, it was a beautiful day made for baseball.

The Raiders took the field against the Colonels - whom they had defeated 7-6 only three days prior - in the first game of the tourney.  As are most games between these two teams, this also turned out to be an exciting, close game.  Drew Jackson got the starting nod for Ryle and pitched well, but ran into a little trouble in the 4th inning, giving up 3 runs.  After 5 innings the Raiders found themselves on the short end of a 4-2 score, but then took a 5-4 lead in the 6th.  Cov Cath responded with a run to tie the game at 5-5.  Neither team scored in the 7th inning, so the game went into extra innings.  Ryle went down 1-2-3 in their at-bat and the Colonels then won the game ona walk-off sac fly.  Hitting leaders for Ryle were Jackson (2-4, 2 R), Zac Smith (1 R, 2 BB), and Drew Demler (2 RBI).  

Ryle immediately took the field in the next game against Dixie Heights and jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead.  The hitting took a break from there though, scoring only two more runs.  But it was more than enough support for Ryle pitcher Max Vickers, who was lights out from the first pitch.  Vickers needed only 67 pitches in his complete game performance, allowing only 3 hits and 2 runs (0 earned).  Tatsuki Nisimura contributed the outstanding defensive play of the game, throwing an absolute dart to home from left field to nail a Dixie runner at the plate.  Ryan Seimer continued his hot hitting, going 2-2 (2B, 2 RBI), to lead the Raiders' offense.



Date:  April 28, 2015
Time:  6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Place:  Receptions, Erlanger, KY

Ryle's annual Sportsfest and Athletic Hall of Fame induction dinner will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, from 6-9 p.m. at Receptions in Erlanger, Kentucky.  Proceeds from tickets sales and the silent auction help to improve Ryle's athletic facilities and programs.  This year's inductees into the Hall of Fame include Travis Alig, a former Ryle Baseball player who earned four varsity baseball letters, including one for playing as an eighth grader (the only player to ever do so).  Sadly, a tragic car accident took Travis' life prior to his senior baseball season.  Also being honored at during the night as Ryle Baseball's Outstanding Student Athlete is current senior Jake Puthoff.  Tickets are available at Ryle High School from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. each weekeday.  Make your plans to attend what is always an enjoyable evening supporting Ryle Raider Athletics! 


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Dates:      June 8-11, 2015
Times:      9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Location:  Ryle High School Baseball Field
Cost:        $50 (includes camp t-shirt)

The 2015 Ryle Raider Baseball Camp will be held from June 8-11, 2015.  This annual baseball camp is hosted by Ryle Head Baseball Coach Pat Roesel and the Ryle Baseball coaching staff and varsity players.  Any boy who will be entering the 5th through 9th grade during the 2015-2016 school year is eligible to attend.  This camp is sold out every year so be certain to sign up early.  Pre-registration is required.  You may click on the "Raider Baseball Camp" link on the left-hand side of this page to download a registration sheet.  This registration and the $50 camp fee (check made payable to "Ryle Baseball") should be mailed to Pat Roesel, 746 Meadow View Drive, Villa Hills, KY 41017.




On April 13, the Ryle varsity squad faced off against the Conner Cougars in the second of Ryle's three district seeding games and came away with an exciting 3-2, 8-inning win.  The Raiders had lost a seeding game earlier this season to Boone County by the score of 9-5.

Starter Max Lonnemann went the distance for the Raiders, picking up his second win of the season.  Jarod Billig went 2 for 4 and knocked a home run to lead the Raiders' hitting attack.  Marshall Rich singled in the game-winning run in the top of the 8th inning and Lonnemann held the Cougars at bay in the bottom of the inning to seal the win. 



Since dropping an ugly 15-10 game versus South Oldham on April 11 - a game in which the Raiders led 10-2 after 4 innings - the JV team has put together a solid 3-game win streak.  Solid starting pitching and timely hitting have been key to the wins.

After losing to South Oldham, the Raiders redeemed themselves in the second game of the afternoon doubleheader, beating Boone County 13-1 in a 5-inning run rule game.  Starting pitcher Drew Jackson was dominant, keeping Boone hitters at bay with a solid fastball and sharp curveball.  The Raiders scored six runs in the 3rd inning to break open the game.  Ryle collected 13 hits in the game, led by Drew Turner, Logan Seimer, and Drew Demler, who each had three hits.  Turner's three base knocks drove in a total of six Ryle runs.  

On April 13, the JV team faced the Conner Cougars for the second time this season.  The Raiders won the earlier matchup by the score of 9-5.   Noah Gayhart got his first start of the season on the mound and went 4 1/3 solid innings, allowing only two earned runs and picking up the win.  He was relieved by Thomas Spiritosa, who was lights out in his 2 2/3 innings of work, and the Raiders again knocked off the Cougars, this time by the score of 11-5.

On April 15, Ryle faced the always-tough Covington Catholic Colonels.  Ryle ace Drew Demler got the start and delivered an impressive pitching performance, throwing 6 1/3 innings and allowing only 4 hits and 3 runs (2 earned).  A close 1-1 game was broken open in the Raiders' 5th inning when they scored 4 runs.  Five Raiders had base hits in the inning.  Ryle tacked on 2 more runs in the 6th inning to go up 7-2.  Cov Cath mounted a comeback in the 7th inning, scoring 4 times, and had the tying run on base when reliever Andrew Huff recorded the final out on a fly ball to left field.  Turner contributed three hits to lead the Raiders' offense, while Huff, Jackson, and Josh Green each had two hits.  



Not even the April monsoon season could slow down the Freshman Raiders and their perfect season (to date).  The Raiders were forced to cancel an entire week of games due to heavy rains, having last played on April 2 when they beat Boone County 13-12 in a 5-inning, weather-shortened game.  They were finally able to get back on the diamond on April 11 when they faced off against district rival Cooper.

In that game, the frosh came out on top by the score of 7-4, thanks to a solid starting pitching performance by Evan Webster, who went 4 innings and allowed only three hits and 1 earned run.  He was supported by some outstanding defensive play by outfielders Nick McClanahan and Jacob Tarvin, who gunned down Jaguar runners at the plate.  Tarvin was also the hitting star of the game, going 3 for 3 with a double and 2 stolen bases.  This followed up his 2 for 2 hitting performance against Boone.

On April 14, Ryle matched up against yet another district foe in the Conner Cougars.  Once again, the men in orange and black came out on top, winning by the score of 6-2.  Starter McClanahan (4 innings) and reliever Christian Scanlon (3 innings) combined for a 2-hitter.  Tarvin was again red-hot at the plate, going 4 for 4.

On April 15, Ryle ran their record to an impressive 8-0, defeating St. Henry for the second time this season, this time by the score of 16-10.  Ryle found themselves down 10-4 at one point in the game before rallying for the win.  Hitting leaders included: Tarvin (3B, RBI), Blake Burnett (hit, 2 runs, RBI), Drew Fulmer (2-2, RBI), and Mitch Toepfert (2B, 2 RBI).   

The Raiders put their perfect season on the line when the meet Highlands on April 16.   


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We had a record number of people join the Raider Diamond Club this year!  The Diamond Club apparel will be distributed the week of March 30th.  Remember that you will also be entered into a special special drawing for Reds' tickets at the end-of-season baseball banquet.  On behalf of Coach Roesel and the entire baseball staff, we greatly appreciate your support of the Ryle baseball program!

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The Freshman Raiders have come out of the gate strong in 2015, winning their first three games and beating some solid competition.  The Raiders started out the season defeating perenially-tough Cov Cath by the score of 5-4, then followed that with a 9-5 win over Newport Catholic and a 15-2 thrashing of Dixie Heights.  Jacob Tarvin, Christian Scanlon, Drew Fulmer, and Joseph Truitt have led they way on the mound so far.  Key hitters to date have been Kaleb Alstott, Sean Matthews, Max Inabnit, and Truitt.  The Raiders will put their undefeated season on the line on Monday, March 31, at home against St. Henry.



The JV Raiders hit the win column on a cold and blustery day on March 24, defeating Newport Central Catholic by the score of 2-0.  Ryle scored one run in the first inning via a timely two-out RBI single by Drew Jackson and that run was more than enough offensive behind the combined no-hitter thrown by Drew Demler and Jackson.  Demler started and went 4 innings, striking out the side in the first inning.  Jackson pitched the final three frames and closed out the game with three strikeouts in the 7th inning.  NCC had only one runner reach second base.  The Raiders added an insurance run in the 4th inning with the help of an NCC error.  The Raiders played solid overall defense in support of Demler and Jackson, with RF Max Vickers turning in several nice grabs in RF.  The Raiders record now stands at 1-1 after an opening day 7-6 loss to Highlands.



On Saturday, April 18, 2015, the JV Raiders will be participating in the 3rd Annual "Drew Michels Autism Awareness Tournament" at Covington Catholic High School.  The tournament is honor of Drew Michels, the son of Cov Cath JV Coach John Michels and his wife, Emily.  Drew was diagnosed with autism in 2010 at the age of 4.  The goal of the tournament is two-fold:  to raise awareness of a disorder that now affects 1 in 68 children and to raise money for the charity, 'Act Today For Military Families.'  This national organization provides treatment services and support for military families with autistic children.   In its first two years, the tournament has raised over $30,000. You can help this worthwhile cause by purchasing an item at the tournament or making a donation directly to the charity.  Please visit the website www.dppinc.org for more information about the tournament, autism, and this outstanding organization. 


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2015 Varsity Team Pic

Standing: Max Lonnemann, Alex Goodridge, John Salmen, Jake Ziegelmeyer, Troy Coleman, Mason Sturdivant, Trent Mills, Assistant Coach Alex Miosi
Kneeling:  Jarrod Billig, Nathan Roe, Will Allen, Logan Turner, Jake Puthoff, Colin Cravin, Matt Roe, Andrew Louden
Sitting:  Brady Ast, Marshall Rich, Logan Rieman
Missing: Player Zach Kirschler, Assistant Coach John Layne


2015 Ryle JV Team Pic

Standing: Assistant Coach Dan Carney, Jacob Adkins, Drew Jackson, Clay Wohlwender, Drew Demler, Nathan Jewell, Max Vickers, Dominic Como, Head Coach Jim Demler
Kneeling:  Bryce Ward, Zac Smith, Josh Puthoff, Ryan Siemer, Drew Turner, Josh Green, Andrew Huff, Thomas Spiritoso, Noah Gayhart
Sitting:  Ben Lloyd, Cameron McCabe, Tatsuki Nishimura, Max Meredith


2015 Ryle Freshman Team Pic

Standing: Drew Fulmer, Christian Wilson, Brian Lally, Alex Hamilton, Head Coach Scott Buckler, Conner Ryle, Brenden Lynch, Sean Matthews, Kaleb Alstott
Kneeling: Reagan Maddox, Stefan Clarkson, Luke Collette, Blake Burnett, Mitchell Toepfert, Joseph Truitt, Christian Scanlon, Jacob Tarvin
Sitting: Evan Webster, Max Inabnit, Ty Loenhart, Jake Barrett, Noah Bamonte
Missing: Assistant Coach Jerry Buckler 





Date Time Opponent Location


Cov Cath


Cov Cath


Cov Cath


Date Time Opponent Location



NCC                W 5-0   




Boyd County      T 4-4  




Cooper                   W 6-2




Date Time Opponent Location



Dixie Heights      L 6-5




Scott                            DNF   




Madison Central   DNP




Date Time Opponent Location



Tates Creek      W 4-1

Scott County



Allen Central        W 7-6

Scott County



Scott County        W 6-5

Scott County



Date Time Opponent   Location


5:30  Lafayette            L 10-3 Lafayette


1:30 Bowling Green   L 11-10 Lafayette


6:30 Southwestern     L 5-3 Lafayette





Date Time Opponent Location



Cov Cath                     6-5 L

Cov Cath



Dixie Heights         6-2 W

Cov Cath



Date Time Opponent Location



Male                             7-6 W

Lex Dunbar



Lex Catholic              DNP

Lex Dunbar



Butler                             DNP

Lex Dunbar


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