Ryle Raiders Baseball: Welcome

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The Ryle Baseball program held its end-of-year banquet on June 13 to recognize the successes of the past season.  The following awards were given out during the banquet.


Most Improved Player - Zac Smith

"Charlie Hustle" Award - Logan Reiman

Best Pitcher - Jake Ziegelmeyer

Ryle Raider Award (MVP) - Jake Ziegelmeyer


Most Improved Player - Mitch Toepfert

Best Pitcher - Conner Ryle

Ryle Raider Award (MVP) - Christian Scanlon 


Most Improved - Jacob Zirkle

Best Pitcher - Takedu Suzuki

Ryle Raider Award (MVP) - Logan Batte 



The Raiders' outstanding season and hopes to advance to the state tournament were dashed on Monday, May 30, in the first round of the 9th Region Tournament, as they fell to the St. Henry Crusaders by the score of 4-3.  The Raiders ended their season with a 29-6 record. 

The Crusaders jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning off starter Zach Mann.  The Raiders fought back for two runs in the top of the second on a two-run single by Drew Turner, starting in place of shortstop Logan Rieman, who broke his hand in the district championship game.  Mann held the Crusaders scoreless in the second and then Ryle tied the game in the top of the third inning when Nathan Roe scored on an error after having reached base on a double.  Unfortunately, St. Henry came back to score one run of their own in the bottom of the third to go up 4-3.  That would be the end of the scoring in the game. The Raiders had multiple chances to push runners across the plate, including runners at second and third bases in the final inning, but couldn't come up with a timely base hit.

No doubt a very disappointing ending for a group of players that competed at the highest level throughout the season and accomplished many impressive feats, including setting the school record for wins in the regular season (28). Several Raider players will go on to play college baseball.  Best wishes and congratulations to a very fine group of young men who will no doubt be successful wherever their next step in life's journey takes them.



The blind draw to seed the 2016 9th Region Tournament was conducted on Saturday.  The Raiders, one of the four  #2 seeds, will face #1 seed St. Henry in the first round.  The game will be played on Monday, May 30, at 4:00 p.m. at Florence Freedom.

The other first round games include: Conner vs. Dixie Heights (10:00), Beechwood vs. Newport Catholic (1:00), and Highlands vs. Covington Catholic (7:00).  The Raiders will face the winner of the Highlands/Cov Cath game on May 31 at 7:30 p.m.  The championship game will be played on Thursday, June 2, at 7:00 p.m.  All tournament games are played at Florence Freedom.   

The complete bracket of the tournament can be found by clicking on the '2016 Region/State Tournament' link in the menu on the lefthand side of this page.   




The Raiders have qualified for the 9th Region Tournament via their opening round district tournament win over Boone County on Sunday, May 22.  The Raiders will advance as the #2 seed out of District 33, however, as they dropped the District Championship to Conner on Tuesday.  Opening round games of the Regional tournament will begin on Memorial Day, May 30, and will be played at Florence Freedom.

The Raiders defeated the Rebels 5-1 behind the strong pitching performance of Jake Ziegelmeyer and clutch hitting of Nathan Roe, who had 3 RBI's.  Zig pitched a complete game, allowing only one unearned run in the 6th inning.  He struck out four batters and did not allow a walk.  Ryle broke open a scoreless game in the 3rd inning.  Trent Mills, Zac Smith, and Matt Roe hit consecutive singles.  Mills scored on Logan Rieman's sac fly and  Smith and Roe were plated on Nathan Roe's single.  The Raiders added another run in the 5th inning when Matt Roe was again driven home by his brother's RBI single.  Ryle scored their final run when Jon Salmen scored on Smith's suicide squeeze.  Meanwhile, Boone got next to nothing going against Zieglemeyer, as no runner even reached second base other than the runner who scored.  The win advanced the Raiders to the District championship game against Conner, who defeated Cooper 5-2.

Zach Kirschler started on the mound for the Raiders and engaged in first-rate pitcher's duel against Conner's Nick Craddock.  Both pitchers threw complete games.  Kirschler was outstanding, allowing only one run on 7 hits, while striking out 7 and not walking a batter.  But as good as he was, Craddock was even better, shutting out the Raiders on 4 hits while striking out 12 Ryle batters.  It was the third time this season the Raiders have been shut out, having previously been blanked by Elder and Lex Cath.  It was Ryle's first loss this season to a Northern Kentucky team.

The only run of the game scored in the 2nd inning on a one-out double and RBI single.  Kirschler shut down the Cougars after that, but the Raiders were never able to mount any type of meaningful threat against Craddock.  In fact, only two runners reach as far as second base.  

While a disappointing ending to the district tournament, the Raiders will look to rebound in the Regional tournament.  As a #2 seed, they will face a #1 seed from one of the other three districts that make up the 9th Region in addtion to Ryle's 33rd District.  The #1 seeds are: St. Henry from the 34th District, Beechwood from the 35th District,  and Highlands from the 36th District.  A blind drawing will take place this weekend to determine the matchups.  



The 33rd District Tournament will begin play on Sunday, May 22, at Cooper High School.  The first game will see #1 seed Ryle face #4 seed Boone County at 2:30 p.m.  The second game will be a matchup of #2 seed Conner versus #3 seed Cooper.  The games are being played on Sunday so the tournament championship game can be played on Tuesday and not interfere with the graduation schedules of the four high schools.  The winners of the two games on Sunday will automatically advance to the 9th Region tournament, which begins on Memorial Day at Florence Freedom ballpark.

Good luck Raiders!




With their 11-4 win over Newport Central Catholic on May 19, the 2016 Raiders have set the school record for wins in the regular season with 28.  Their record now stands at 28-5.  They look to add one more win to that total, weather permitting, when they face off against Covington Catholic on May 20 at 5:00 p.m. at Cov Cath's home field. The record for total wins in the season is 34, set by the 2007 team that advanced to the state tournament. 

The #1 seeded Raiders will begin district tournament play on Sunday, May 22, versus #4 seeded Boone County at 2:30 p.m. at Cooper High School. 



The Raiders met up with the Covington Catholic Colonels at Dixie Heights High School on May 18 in the second round game of the JV Regional Tourney.  It was the fourth time the Raiders played the Colonels this season, with the Colonels winning all three of their previous contests.  Unfortunately, the result was no different in this game, as Cov Cath defeated Ryle by the score of 12-1 and eliminated the Raiders from post-season play.

Things started out well for the Raiders, as they took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Christian Scanlon was hit by a pitch to lead off the game, advanced to second on a sac bunt, and scored on a two-out flair single by Blake Burnett.  Meanwhile, Raiders starting pitcher Conner Ryle mowed through the Colonels' lineup the first two innings.  Things would change drastically in the 3rd inning, however, as the Colonels put the first three batters on base via bunts.  A walk, hits batsman, and a couple base hits by Cov Cath ensued and before the inning was over, the Colonels had taken a 5-1 lead. 

The Raiders could not get anything whatsoever going against a very good Colonel starting pitcher.  In fact, the Raiders would not even have another runner reach as far as second base and had only three hits total for the game.  The Colonel pitcher struck out ten Raider hitters.  Cov Cath put up another 5-spot in the 4th inning and then added two more runs in the 6th inning to win the game via run-rule.  Not exactly what the Raiders had planned to happen and prepared for going into this game, but Cov Cath is a very strong JV team and was simply too much for the Raiders on this night.

The Raiders finish the season with a record of 19-14.  While failing to reach their annual goal of 20 wins and a regional championship game appearance, the Raiders can be proud that their record was attained against top flight competition from Cincinnati, Lexington, Louisville, and the Northern Kentucky area.  The JV coaching staff could easily have put together a much weaker schedule to ensure the 20 wins, but that is not the Ryle way.  Congrats and best of luck to those players moving on to the varsity level next year and we look forward to welcoming back several freshman JV players that will form the heart of the 2017 JV team, along with players from this year's freshman team who will be moving up.    



In a battle of the two schools that most people consider the #1 and #2 teams in the 9th Region, the Raiders won an exciting come-from-behind 5-3 thriller against a very good Beechwood team on May 17.

The game was played in a light drizzle that became a steadier rain as the night wore on.  Beechwood got on the board first, scoring two runs in the second inning off Ryle starting pitcher Zach Kirschler.  The Raiders evened things up the next inning, however, on a 2-run single by Logan Rieman, driving in Trent Mills and Logan Turner, who had both singled.  The Beechies jumped back ahead 3-2 in the 5th inning. 

The 6th inning proved to be the turning point.  Nathan Roe led off and reached on an error, sending him to second base.  With one out, he was driven home by Zach Mann's single.  Andrew Huff was sent in to pinch run for Mann.  Huff advanced to second base on a wild pitch and Zak Smith then reached via a walk.  Huff then scored when Beechwood's shortstop misplayed Mills' ground ball and Smith scored on Matt Roe's RBI single.  When all was said and done, the Raiders had taken a 5-3 lead.

Kirschler finished the game on the mound, throwing all seven innings.  Two batters reached base in the 7th (single, walk) and the potential tying run came to the plate with two outs.  But Kirschler dug deep and fanned the batter on a 3-2 fastball to end the game.  

Great win for the Raiders over a team they could well see again in regional tournament play.    



The Raiders defeated the Holmes Bulldogs by the score of 10-0 in the first round of the JV Regional Tournament on May 16, thanks to the flawless pitching performances of Drew Fulmer (3 INN, 0 R, 0 H, 5 K, 0 BB) and Ty Leonhart (2 INN, 0 R, 0 H, 1 K, 3 BB).  Neither Fulmer or Leonhart surrendered so much as a single hit in their innings on the mound.  The game was played on the new field turf at Meinken Field.

Ryle scored two runs in the first inning on an RBI triple by Jake Tarvin, who was then driven in by Blake Burnett's single.  They added another run in second when Max Inabnit scored on Christian Scanlon's RBI single.  Meanwhile, Fulmer was throwing BB's at the Bulldogs, though he did receive some nice defensive plays by outfielders Inabnit and Mitch Toepfert, who both made diving catches to snare balls hit to the outfield. 

The Raiders broke things open in the bottom of the third innings, scoring four times.  Stefan Clarkson had an RBI single to drive in Toepfert and Conner Ryle mashed a triple to left-center to drive in Clarkson.  Cam McCabe then singled home Ryle and Reagan Maddox (courtesy runner for McCabe) was plated on Inabnit's triple, making the score 7-0.  The Raiders eventually ended the game on a run-rule in the 5th inning when Tarvin singled home two runs. 

Next up in the tournament for the Raiders will be Covington Catholic, who defeated Highlands, and to whom the Raiders have lost three times this year - twice in the last inning.  Game time and location has yet to be determined. 



The Freshmen Raiders met up with district rival Boone County on May 12 in the second round of the Freshman Regional Tournament.  The Raiders advanced to this game after having beaten Holy Cross by the score of 5-0 two nights' earlier.

The Raiders jumped out to a 6-0 lead after 3 1/2 innings, scoring once in the first inning, three times in the third inning, and two more runs in the top of the 4th.  Ryle starter Hunter Perry held the Rebels at bay through the first three innings, but Boone scored 3 times in the bottom of the 4th to make the score 6-3.  Things looked very promising when Ryle picked up two more runs in the top of the 5th to extend the lead to 8-3. 

The bottom of the 5th was not so kind to the Raiders, however, as the Rebels picked up 8 runs in their at-bat.  Boone had six hits in the inning, but also benefitted from several Ryle fielding errors.  Down 11-8, the Raiders stormed back with 4 runs in the 6th inning.  Colby Haines and Takeru Suzuki each had clutch RBI singles that inning.  Ryle held Boone scoreless in the bottom of the 6th and Boone returned the favor in the top of the 7th, meaning Boone came to bat in the last of the 7th down 12-11. 

Unfortunately, a Ryle error, two singles, and a sac fly amounted to two runs and allowed the Rebels to claim a 13-12 victory.  Ryle outhit Boone during the game (16 to 11), but six fielding miscues and 7 walks hurt the Raiders' cause.  Nonetheless, the Freshmen had a very successful season, finishing with a record of 12-11-1 and preparing their players to move on to the JV level for the 2017 season. 



The Ryle Freshmen team won their first round game of the regional tournament on May 11, defeating Holy Cross by the score of 5-0.  They were led by the hitting of Jacob Zirkle and combined pitching efforts of Colby Haines, Takeru Suzuki, and Anthony Coffee.

Ryle got on the board in the first inning when Logan Batte opened with a single, was advanced to second base on a sac bunt by Jake Barrett, and scored on Zirkle's single.  Meanwhile, Haines threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings and was followed by Suzuki, who threw 3 2/3 scoreless frames.  The Raiders added a run in the 4th when Luke Collette singled, advanced to third on Suzuki's double, and scored on Alex Pergram's ground out and then tacked on three more runs in the 6th on a 2-run triple by Zirkle, who then scored on Collette's single.  Coffee threw a scoreless 7th inning, striking out two Indian batters, to end the game and advance the Raiders to their next round game against Boone County.


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On Wednesday, May 18, the Raider baseball program will honor the seniors on the 2016 team.  There will be a brief on-field ceremony and picture-taking opportunity following the home game against Beechwood.  Afterwards, the team players, coaches, and parents are invited to meet at the football stadium concession area for a pot-luck dinner.  Congratulations to 2016 Raider seniors!

#2  Andrew Louden
#4  Trent Mills
#5  Logan Turner
#6  Jake Ziegelmeyer
#8  Logan Rieman
#12  Jon Salmen
#14  Zach Kirschler
#16  Matt Roe
#17  Nathan Roe
#18  Troy Coleman
#21  Zach Mann
#22  Alex Goodridge



The Varsity Raiders extended their winning streak to 15 games before being beaten by Madison Central in extra innings on May 6 in the Scott County Tournament.  Down 5-1 after 3 innings, the Raiders scored 3 runs in the 4th to tighten the score.  Madison Central scored 2 runs of their own the next inning, but the Raiders responded with 3 more runs to tie the game at 7-7.  Both teams scored an additional run in the 6th and failed to score in the 7th inning to send the game into extra frames.  Madison Central then scored an unearned run in the 8th inning to go up 9-8.  The Raiders put two men on base in the bottom of the 8th, but could not push the tying run across the plate.  It was Ryle's first loss in almost a month.  Logan Rieman led the Raiders hitting in this game, going 4 for 5 with a triple and scoring 2 runs. 

In the second game of the tourney on Saturday, the Raiders bounced back with an 18-4 shellacking of host Scott County.  Up 2-0 going into the 3rd inning, the Raiders broke the game open by scoring 8 runs.  The key hit in the inning was Jake Ziegelmeyer's 3-run double.  Ziegelmeyer pounded a home run in his next at-bat and had 5 RBI's in total for the game.  Alex Goodridge pitched effectively, allowing ten hits in his five innings of work, but only two earned runs.   

In the final game of the tourney, the Raiders faced North Laurel.  The Raiders again jumped out early in this one, leading 6-1 after two innings.  An 8-run 4th inning put them up 14-1 and led to a 5-inning run rule outcome.  Jon Salmen took the offensive lead in this game, crushing his own home run and driving in 5 runs.  Logan Rieman (2-3, 3B), Nathan Roe (2-2, 2B), Ziegelmeyer (2-2, 2B), and Andrew Louden (2-2, 2 R) also had nice games at the plate.  On the mound, it was all Troy Coleman, who went five innings and allowed only one run on two hits while fanning 4 batters. 



The brackets for the 2016 Freshmen Regional Tournament have been set.  A blind draw was used to set the brackets.  The Freshmen Raiders have a first round game against Holy Cross on Wednesday, May 11.  The game will be played at Meinken Field in Covington at 5:00 p.m.  If Ryle wins this game, they will advance to play Boone County on May 12.  The winner of that game will meet the winner of Cov Cath/Ludlow in the quarterfinals on May 14.   

Click Here for Freshmen JV Tourney Bracket



The brackets for the 2016 JV Regional Tournament have been set.  As is done each year, a blind draw was conducted to establish the brackets.  The JV Raiders will face Holmes in the first round.  The game will be played on Monday, May 16, at 7:00 p.m. at Meinken Field in Covington.  If Ryle wins, they will advance to play the winner of Highlands/Cov Cath.  

Click Here for JV Tourney Bracket



Back in mid-April, the Freshmen Raiders hit a bit of a lull in which they lost 3 of 4 games and were shut out in all 3 losses.  Since then they have been on fire, winning five straight games and playing some very solid baseball.

The turnaround started on April 19 with a 9-5 win over neighborhood rival Cooper.  The Raiders scored two runs in the bottom of the 7th to force extra innings and then scored five runs in the 8th inning to get the win.  Takeru Suzuki led the offense with four RBI, while Hunter Perry (6 INN, 4 R, 3 ER) and Colby Haines (2 INN, 1 ER) took care of matters on the mound for the Raiders.

Next on the hit list for the Raiders was Simon Kenton on April 25.  Tied 2-2 going into the 7th inning, the Raiders exploded for 3 runs, with the key hit coming from Luke Collette to drive in two runs.  Haines got the win on the mound in this one as well, going 4 innings and not allowing a run, while Suzuki picked up the save for pitching a scoreless 7th inning.

On April 29, the Raiders hammered Bishop Brossart by the score of 19-2.  Eleven different Raiders recorded a hit in this game, with five players (T. Perry, Jake Barrett, Collette, Alex Pergram, Noah Bamonte) collecting two hits and six players (Logan Batte, Kyle Reiman, Suzuki, Barrett, Collette, Bamonte) driving in two runs.  Tyler Perry (3 INN), Batte (1 INN), and Collette (1 INN) combined to limit the Mustangs to just two hits and 0 earned runs.

Wins #4 and #5 of the winning streak both came against Dixie Heights.  On April 30, the Raiders and Colonels met up before the storms hit that day.  With Dixie leading 4-2 after 4 1/2 innings, the Raiders plated five runs in the bottom of the 5th inning to go ahead 7-4.  Collette doubled home two runs in the inning, Pergram singled home a run, and Tyler Perry also knocked a double that drove in a run.  Suzuki pitched a complete game for the Raiders, holding the Colonels to just 3 hits and 0 earned runs. 

The teams met again on May 2, with Dixie no doubt looking for some revenge.  They didn't get it though, as the Raiders won a 3-2 extra-inning, walk-off thriller.  Hunter Perry pitched 5 1/3 strong innings, limiting the Colonels to two runs (1 earned) on 7 hits.  The Raiders found themselves down 2-0 going into the bottom of the 6th, but tied the game on Jacob Zirkle's RBI single and Tyler Perry's RBI groundout.  Haines relieved Perry and blanked the Colonels in the 7th inning, but the Raiders also failed to score that inning and the game went into extra innings.  Haines again tossed a zero at the Colonels in the top of the 8th to set the stage for the walk-off win.  In the bottom of the 8th, the Raiders loaded the bases when Zirkle was hit by pitch, Pergram singled, and Caleb Furnish was intentionally walked.  Up stepped Kyle Reiman, who was walked on four straight pitches to force in Zirkle with the winning run.  Game over, orange and black with another win.  

The Raiders look to extend their winning streak on May 4 against St. Henry. 


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June 6-9, 2016
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

The 2016 Ryle Raider Baseball camp is open to any boy who will be entering the 5th-9th grade during the 2016-17 school year.  This is a fundamentals-driven camp taught by Ryle Varsity Head Coach Pat Roesel, members of the Raider caoching staff, and varsity baseball players.  The cost is $50, which includes a camp t-shirt.  The camp sells out every year and pre-registration is required.  You may click on the "Raider Baseball Camp" link in the menu on the left-hand side of this website to print the registration form. 



The Varsity Raiders travelled to South Oldham on May 2 and put their 12-game winning streak on the line against the Dragons.  Things did not look good going into the final inning, as Ryle found themselves on the short end of a 2-1 score.  Pitchers Troy Coleman and Thomas Spiritoso held the South Oldham bats in check, allowing only two runs, but the Dragon's starting pitcher was equal to the task, holding the Raiders to one run (unearned) on just two hits through six innings.

In the top of the 7th, the Raiders mounted a furious comeback.  Logan Turner, who has two hits in six of the last seven games, opened the inning with a single.  After a fly out, Turner was advanced to second on pinch hitter Andrew Huff's single. Matt Roe then bunted for a single to load the bases.  Logan Reiman executed a suicide squeeze to plate Turner with the tying run.  With runners at second and third with two outs, Nathan Roe hit a grounder that the Dragons' third baseman misplayed, allowing Huff and Matt Roe to score, and Nathan Roe to advance to second base.  Roe then scored the Raiders' fifth run on Zach Mann's RBI single. 

South Oldham put up a fight in the bottom of the 7th, loading the bases on two singles and a walk, but Spiritoso coaxed the third out on a pop up to first baseman Jake Ziegelmeyer to end the game and advance the Raiders' win streak to 13 games.   



In the USA Today Super 25 Kentucky High School Baseball rankings released on April 26, the Raiders have moved up from the #7 spot to the number #4 spot.  The Raiders currently sport a 15-3 record, with their only loss to a Kentucky team being to #14-ranked Lexington Catholic.  

Other Northern Kentucky teams listed in the poll include #19 Covington Catholic, #24 Beechwood, #26 Campbell County, and #27 Conner.   



After picking up two wins on April 23 in the Bryan Stevenson Memorial and another win on April 25, the Raiders have pushed their winning streak to 10 games and overall record to 15-3.

On Saturday, Ryle defeated Campbell County for the third time in  8 days by the score of 13-2.  Alex Goodridge got the start and win, going 4 innings.  The Raiders scored 4 runs in the first inning and 5 more in the second inning to blow the game open.  The offense knocked 13 hits in all, led by Zach Mann's three hits and Logan Turner's 4 RBI's.

The Raiders then knocked off Scott 3-0 later that same day.  Zach Kirschler completely shut down the Eagles' offense, throwing 6 2/3 innings and allowing only one hit while striking out 9 batters.  The Raiders scored all three of their runs in the 5th inning on a sac fly by Zak Smith and a 2-run double by Jake Ziegelmeyer.  Scott tried to mount a comeback in the 7th inning and loaded the bases on Kirschler, but Max Vickers came in to record the final out and earn the save.

On Monday, the Raiders again met Scott and the game wasn't quite as close as their weekend matchup.  Ryle scored four runs in both the first and second innings and six more in the third inning en route to a 16-2 run-rule win.  The Raiders pounded out 17 hits in all, with six players having two hits.  Zach Mann and Logan Turner each had 4 RBI.  Troy Coleman started on the mound and went 3 innings (2 runs, 1 earned), followed by Thomas Spiritoso and Jake Ziegelmeyer, who each threw a scoreless frame. 



Since dropping a heart-breaking, last-inning loss to Cov Cath on April 20, the JV Raiders have reeled off four straight wins, including their own walk-off win.

The first win came on April 22 under the lights at Lawrenceburg.  With the Raiders holding on to a tenuous 5-3 lead and Lawrenceburg mounting a potentially big rally, Brian Lally came on in relief in the 3rd inning to shut down the Tigers' and then went the rest of the way to earn his first win.  Raiders' bats finally got moving late in the game to win 11-5.

On April 23, the Raiders faced Cooper in a twinbill at Ryle's field.  Max Inabnit (4 INN, 3 R, 2 ER) and Evan Webster (3 INN, 0 R) held the Jags to just two hits.  With the game tied 3-3 in the 5th inning, the Raiders scored three unearned runs thanks to walks and hits batsmen issued by Cooper pitching and make those runs hold up for a 6-3 win.

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Raiders hardly looked as though they would complete the sweep, as they had seven fielding errors that contributed to four unearned Jag runs.  Down 5-2 in the 6th, Ryle scored two runs on Christian Scanlon's single to make it 5-4 and then tied the game in the bottom of the 7th when Blake Burnett scored on a wild pitch.  Burnett held Cooper scoreless in the 8th inning, thanks in large part to a would-be base stealer cut down by catcher Cam McCabe, and that set the table for the Raiders' first walk-off win of the season.  McCabe singled with one out in the bottom of the 8th and was replaced by courtesy runner Reagan Maddox, who then scored on Scanlon's line shot single.  Game over, orange and black win.

On April 25, the Raiders got their 4th win in as many days when they pounded Scott 15-5 in five innings.  The game was never in doubt and 12 different Raiders had a hit in the game.  Ben Lloyd had two doubles and 3 RBI and Ty Leonhart also had a double and 3 RBI to lead the Raiders' offense. 



While the Raiders continue to be overlooked in the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association poll, they are now ranked #7 in the USA Today Super 25 Rankings (State of Kentucky).  The Raiders currently sport a 12-3 record, with their only losses coming to #19-ranked Lexington Catholic and Cincinnati teams Elder and Moeller.  The Raiders are currrently riding a 7-game win streak heading into this weekend's Bryan Stephenson Memorial Tournament.  They will meet up with Dixie Heights on 4/22 at 7:00 p.m. and Cov Cath at 1:00 p.m. on 4/23, with both games being played at Dixie High School.  




While the JV was losing a heartbreaker at Cov Cath, the varsity hung on for a tough 7-6 win over the Colonels at Ryle's field on April 20.

Zach Mann started on the mound and went six outstanding innings, allowing only one run.  He gave up but five base hits and struck out six batters.  The Raiders jumped out to an early lead, scoring two runs in the first inning on Logan Rieman's RBI double and Jake Ziegelmeyer's RBI single.  They added three more in the second inning on Logan Turner's double, who later scored on a wild pitch, and a run walked in by Cov Cath pitching.  Jon Salmen added to the Raider lead in the 5th inning with a home run to left center and another run was driven home by Turner's second double of the game.  The game appeared well in hand with Ryle leading 7-1 going into the last inning.  But like the JV game going on across town, the 7th inning proved rather interesting.

The Colonels scored a run on an RBI ground out and had one runner on with two hits when the next man was walked.  They then strung together four straight hits to pull with in a run to 7-6.  With runners on first and second, the next Colonel hitter hit a single up the middle that was knocked down by shortstop Logan Rieman.  When the CCH runner rounded third base and tried to score, Rieman threw a strike to catcher Matt Roe to cut down the runner and end the game. 



The JV Raiders met the Cov Cath Colonels for the third time this season on April 20 at Cov Cath's home field.  The Raiders were on the short end of both previous matchups, losing 23-10 in a gale storm at Ryle's field and a 4-3 walkoff loss played in artic conditions at CCH's ballyard.  It appeared as though this would be the night for the Raiders to exact their revenge, but then the 7th inning happened.

The game was tied 4-4 after 5 innings.  Conner Ryle started for the Raiders and pitched 4 solid innings.  Drew Fulmer relieved in the 5th and shut down the Colonels with his nasty curve.  The Raiders then scored two runs in the 6th on RBI singles by Cam McCabe and Ben Lloyd to go up 6-4.  Cov Cath failed to score in the bottom of the 6th, thanks to Jake Tarvin's dart from centerfield to home plate to nail a runner attempting to score on a fly ball.  The Raiders pushed their lead to 7-4 in the top of the 7th when Mitch Toepfert drove in Blake Burnett, who had singled.  Then disaster.

The Colonels lead-off hitter doubled and the next hitter walked.  The next hitter grounded to Conner Ryle at first base, who tagged the bag for the apparent out.  However, the ump saw things differently and called the runner safe, claiming Ryle missed the bag.  Another walk forced in a run and when the next batter doubled, the game was suddenly tied 7-7.  The next batter singled past the Raiders' drawn-in infield and Cov Cath had its second walk-off win of the season against the Raiders.     

To be certain, the umpire's call against the Raiders was a bad call.  A very bad call.  But bad calls happen all the time in baseball and this bad call was NOT the reason for this loss.  Cov Cath hit the cover off the ball in the last inning and a couple of walks mixed in did not help the Raiders' cause.  The Raiders were better for 6 innings, but Cov Cath was much, much better in the final inning.  Cov Cath earned this win.  Period.  The good news is that two one-run, last-inning losses have clearly shown that the Raiders are more than capable of hanging with - and beating - the Colonels.    



It doesn't get much better than this in baseball - a walk-off grand slam in extra innings.  And that's exactly what happened in the Freshman Raiders win over Cooper on April 19 at Ryle's home field.

The Raiders quickly fell behind 2-0 in the first inning.  They cut the lead in half in the 3rd inning on a steal of home by Luke Bradshaw.  The Jags scored one more in the 4th inning, but the Raiders got that run right back when Tyler Perry doubled home Luke Collette, who had walked.  Cooper went up 4-2 in the 6th inning and the score remained at that heading into the bottom of the 7th.  The Raiders managed to score two times in the inning without a single hit - 3 walks and 2 hit batsmen - to force extra frames.

The Jags scored a run in the top of the 8th inning to go up 5-4 and provide the setup for some late game Raider heroics.  The Raiders loaded the bases on a hit batter, walk, and Cooper error, and up to the plate walked Takedu Suzuki.  After fouling off two pitches and looking at a ball, Suzuki then pounded the game-winning home run over the right field fence and the Raiders marched off the field with an impressive come-from-behind 9-5 win.

Colby Haines got the win in relief (2 INN, 1 ER) of starter Hunter Perry (6 INN, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 K).

Below is a link to the YouTube video of Suzuki's homerun.




The Raiders met up with Conner at Ryle's home field on April 18 for their district seed game and came away with a 3-0 win.  Having already beaten Boone County, the Raiders only have Cooper left to beat to secure the top seed in the District 33 tournament.  

The Raiders scored a run in the first inning when Logan Rieman scored on a Zach Mann sac fly and another run in the second inning on an RBI single by Logan Turner.  They added one more run in the 5th when Matt Roe reached on an error and was driven home on a double by twin brother, Nathan Roe.  Kind of a family thing.  The three runs were more than enough for Raider pitchers Jake Ziegelmeyer (5 INN, 0 R, 6 K) and Troy Coleman (2 INN, 0 R, 2 K), who blanked the Cougars, allowing only six singles and striking out a combined 8 Conner batters.     



The JV Raiders played 7 games of baseball during their Spring Break week, winning 3 and losing 4. 

The week started with a doubleheader at Covington Catholic in the annual Drew Michaels Autism tourney.  The Raiders fell to Cov Cath in the first game, losing 4-3 on a walk-off single in the bottom of the 7th inning.  Conner Ryle pitched a terrific game in this one, but Raiders' fielding miscues gave the Colonels several unearned runs.  The Raiders rebounded in the second game, however, defeating Dixie Heights by the score of 7-2 behind the strong pitching performance of Drew Fulmer (6 INN, 1 ER, 5 K). 

The Raiders next travelled to Louisville to face a tough Male team.  Evan Webster pitched well enough to win, but several defensive lapses and a lack of offense hurt the Raiders.  Down 6-0 going into the final frame, the Raiders mounted a smallcomeback by scoring 3 runs and had the bases loaded when the final out was recorded.

Ryle's offensive woes continued against Simon Kenton in the following game, as they could only score two unearned runs during a 5-2 loss.  Reece Roberts pitched very well (5 INN, 0 ER) in relief, but the Pioneers got some timely hits to score their runs and the Raider bats were ice cold in this game, knocking only two singles. 

The Raiders got things righted the next two games, defeating both Beechwood and Newport Catholic by the score of 9-3.  Jacob Tarvin (4 INN) and Ty Leonhart (3 INN, save) combined on the mound in the win over the Beechies and Mitch Toepfert led the hitting attack with two hits and two RBI.  In the New Cath game, Conner Ryle (4 INN) and Max Inabnit (3 INN) combined for the win, with each recording six strikeouts.  Blake Burnett and Tarvin had two RBI for the Raiders. 

The week ended on a sour note, however, as the Raiders fell 9-6 to Lexington Lafayette in a sloppy, error-filled game.  Down 3-0 after 2 innings, the Raiders tied the game 3-3 in the 4th inning and were still in the game after 5 innings, down only 6-5.  But Lafayette scored 3 times in the 6th to put the game out of reach.  The Raiders could only manage six hits in this one, with Christian Scanlon leading the way with a 2-run double.     



The Varsity Raiders have run off five straight wins after losing to Lexington Catholic on April 9.  Included in this streak are wins against Knott County (5-3), Louisville Male (4-0), Bishop Brossart (13-4) and back-to-back wins against Campbell County (9-6 and 3-0) on April 14 and 15.

In the 9-6 victory over the Camels, the Raiders found themselves down 5-3 after 3 innings.  They scored single runs in the 4th and 5th innings to tie the game at 5-5, then unloaded for 4 runs in the 6th to break the game open.  Key RBI hits were recorded in the 6th inning by Logan Rieman, Nathan Roe, and Zach Mann.  Meanwhile, Max Vickers earned the win on the mound, going 2 2/3 innings in relief, allowing only one run on four hits.

The following day, the Raiders again faced the Camels and their ace pitcher, Alex Franzen.  Alex Goodridge got the start and outdueled Franzen, blanking Campbell during his six innings of work.  Goodridge allowed only four hits while striking out eight Camel hitters.  Ryle scored a run in the 3rd inning when Jon Salmen was forced in on a hit batter, an unearned run in the 4th inning, and one final run in the 5th inning when Jake Ziegelmeyer scored on a Zak Smith ground out.  Ziegelmeyer earned the save by throwing a scoreless 7th inning.   



The Raiders went on the road to Louisville Male on April 12 and came away with an impressive 4-0 win behind the pitching of Zach Mann and hitting of Jake Ziegelmeyer.  Male is currently ranked #12 in the latest Kentucky Prep Baseball Report.

Ryle jumped out to a 3-0 lead in their first at bat when Matt Roe scored on an error and Logan Rieman scored on a Ziegelmeyer bomb to left field.  The Raiders added another run in the second inning when Jon Salmen singled home Zak Smith, who had reached base on a double.  

The scoring was more than enough for Mann, who dominated Male from the start.  Mann went 5 innings, allowing only 3 hits while striking out seven.  He did not allow a walk and only one Male runner reached as far as thrid base.  Alex Goodridge closed the game, not allowing a hit in his two innings of work.  


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After starting out the season 1-5, the Freshman Raiders have gotten hot, winning three of their last four games (and tying the other game).

The streak started on April 2 when the Raiders met up with the Simon Kenton Pioneers and came away with a 13-3 win in 5 innings.  Ryle jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead and proceeded to score multiple runs in every inning. Jacob Zirkle led the hitting attack for the frosh, knocking two hits and 3 RBI.  Logan Batte also collected 3 RBI on the day.  The Raiders were also the beneficiary of 15 walks issued by Simon Kenton pitching.  Takedu Suzuki was tough on the mound for the Raiders, throwing 4 2/3 innings and allowing only 3 runs while striking out seven batters.

Next up for the resurgent Raiders was the Scott Eagles on April 4.  Ryle jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead and eventually found themselves up 10-5 through the top half of the 6th inning.  Unfortunately, things went a bit awry at that point, as Scott scored 5 runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game, which was then called due to the late hour.  Zirkle again had two hits, as did Tyler Perry, and Wyatt Caldwell contributed 2 RBI.  Starting pitcher Ryan O'Day (3 INN, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 K) and reliever Alex Pergram (1 INN, 0 R, 2 K) both pitched solidly for the Raiders, but the final two frames proved troublesome for Raider relief pitching in this one.

Ryle then faced the always-tough Highland Bluebirds on April 5.  Once again, the Raiders scored quickly, scoring twice in their first at bat.  Jake Barrett had a key RBI single in the inning.  Hunter Perry got the starting nod for the Raiders and threw very well, limiting the Bluebirds to 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits in his 5 innings of work.  Ryle found themsleves up 2-1 going into the 5th inning and then opened the lead to 5-1 on a 2-run single by Batte and a Highland error.  Batte pitched two scoreless final frames to earn the save and secure the 5-3 win for the orange and black.

On April 6, the Raiders faced Bishop Brossart at Brossart's home field.  And, consistent with the previous three games, they again sprinted to a quick 2-0 lead.  Brossart came back strong in the 2nd inning, however, scoring 5 runs to take a 5-4 lead.  But the Raiders responded with the tying run in the 3rd inning and then added two more runs in the 4th inning and 3 runs in the 6th inning and eventually knocked off the Mustangs by the score of 10-7.  Barrett was an impressive 4-4 with 3 RBI's on the day to lead the Raider's offense.  Zirkle again had two hits (single, triple) and 2 RBI and Batte had 2 RBI as well.  Starter Colby Haines struggled a bit with control, but received some outstanding relief assistance from Anthony Coffee (2 INN), Barrett (2 INN), and Pergram (1 INN).

The Freshman squad nows stands at 4-5-1 on the season. 



Troy Coleman tossed his second complete game shutout of the season to lead the Varsity Raiders to a 1-0 district seed game win over rival Boone County on April 6.  Coleman went 7 innings, allowing only 5 hits, while striking out five and walking only one.  He allowed only one Boone batter to reach as far as second base.  Coleman previously shut out Cov Cath on April 1 during Ryle's 7-0 victory in the Scott Knochelman Tournament. 

The game was scoreless through three innings, as Boone starter Jeff Purnell was also tossing blanks.  In the 4th inning, the Raiders scored the only run of the game, as Nathan Roe slid home safely when the Rebels committed an error on a botched suicide attempt.  Coleman took over from there, blanking Boone the rest of the way and locking up the Raiders' first district win of the season. 



The JV squad played a doubleheader against different opponents on Saturday and the results couldn't have been at further ends of the performance spectrum.

In the first game, Ryle and Cooper went into extra innings to decide the victor.  Both teams pitched and played defense extremely well throughout.  Reece Roberts, now recovered from a pre-season fractured hand, made his season debut on the mound for the Raiders and pitched four strong innings.  He allowed only a first inning run.  Cooper pitching held the Raiders scoreless until the 6th, when Ryle was able to scratch out an unearned run. Meanwhile, Drew Fulmer was busy dominating Cooper hitters during his 3 1/3 innings of work, striking out five and only allowing 2 hits.  In the top of the 9th inning, Jacob Tarvin singled and stole second base.  He scored on a game-winning RBI single by Ty Leonhart.  Conner Ryle shut down the Jags in the 9th to preserve the hard fought and well-deserved 2-1 Raider win.

The second game of the twin bill against Covington Catholic turned out just a tad bit differently.  The game probably shouldn't have even been played given the 50-60 mph wind gusts at Ryle's field.  But the conditions were the same for both teams and certainly not the reason for the Raider's ugly 23-10 loss.  Things actually started out fairly well, as Ryle scored twice in the first inning.  The Colonels evened the score 2-2 after two innings and that's where things went terrible awry.  Cov Cath scored 8 runs in the 3rd inning and 9 more in the 4th inning, as they knocked numerous balls out to and over the fence and were aided by multiple Raider errors.  Down 19-2, Ryle mounted a small comeback, scoring 8 runs in the 4th inning, but struck out three times with bases loaded to end what could have been a much bigger rally.  The Colonels scored 4 more times in the 5th inning to complete the run-rule win.  In all, the Colonels managed 11 wind-aided extra base hits (9 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR), while the Raiders were unable to produce anything but singles.  The Raiders will get a chance for redemption next weekend when they again face Cov Cath in the Colonel's Annual Autism fundraiser tournament. 



Ryle fans interested in following the activity and results of the Raider Freshman and JV teams can do so by going to the Game Changer website (www.gc.com) and searching for either "RHS Frosh" or "Ryle Raiders JV" and requesting the site master give you fan access.  Game Changer is both a mobile app and website that provides scorekeeping, stats, live game updates, and recap stories.  (Please note that stats are NOT official team stats, only those input by the site administrator).  This service is not available for the varsity team.



The JV squad returned to their winnings ways after losing back-to-back games to GCL opponents Moeller (11-4) and Elder (5-2), as they hosted the Dixie Heights Colonels on March 30 and came away with a 13-3 run-rule win in 5 innings.  

Things started somewhat ominously for Ryle, as Dixie scored three runs on five hits in the first inning on Raider starter Jake Tarvin.  Once he got through the first, however, Tarvin was lights out and tossed three scoreless frames before giving way in the 5th to reliever Max Inabnit.  The Raiders scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning, due in large part to Dixie errors and walks.  The Raiders added four more runs in the 3rd inning and again were the beneficiaries of four walks and a hit batsman by Colonel pitching.  Ryle ended the game in the bottom of the 5th inning, with Colonel pitching walking in the final two runs of the game.  In all, however, the Raiders amassed 11 base hits in the game, with Jake Scanlon, Ben Lloyd, Tarvin, and Mitch Toepfert each having two hits.   



The Ryle varsity squad finally got things kicked off in 2016 when they faced the Elder Panthers, one of the top teams in the perenially-tough Greater Cincinnati League conference, on March 29. 

Zach Kirschler got the Opening Day start and fared well, going five innings and  allowing only two earned runs.  Those runs came in the 3rd inning on three Elder hits.  Elder scored two unearned runs in the 5th inning, however, as the result of three Raider fielding miscues.  Troy Coleman finished the final two frames for the Raiders, allowing one run.  The Raiders got very little going offensively and weren't able to scratch out any runs.  Matt Roe led the Raiders' offense, knocking two base hits and also reaching base via a walk and HBP.  Jon Salmon also had a double. 

Ryle will meet Dixie Heights on March 30.   




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The Raider JV and Frosh teams squared off against the Moeller Crusaders on March 26, with the JV squad travelling to Blue Ash Park for a single game and the freshman team playing a doubleheader at Ryle's home field.  As expected, Moeller turned out to be a very tough adversary and the day ended with Moe winning three games over the Raiders.

Things actually started out very nicely for the JV team, who scored two runs in the 1st inning on Blake Burnett's double and then scored single runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings to take a 4-0 lead.  Meanwhile, starter Ben Lloyd breezed through the first two innings.  Things started to unravel in the bottom of the 3rd, however, as a combination of walks, Moeller hits, and a badly-timed Ryle error led to six Crusader runs.  Moeller added another run in the 4th inning and 3 more in the 5th to put the game out of reach.  Ryle never mounted any meaningful offensive threat after the 3rd inning and fell by the final score of 11-4.

Over in Union, the freshman had their hands full with a very tough Crusader team.  In game one of the twinbill, Moeller put up six runs in the top of the first inning to take a quick 6-0 lead.  The Raiders could only manage three hits in this game and were shut out by Crusader pitching.  Moeller scored 4 runs in the 4th inning and 2 more in the 5th to end the game on the 10-run rule, 13-0.  In game two, Moeller again scored quickly, going up 3-0 after their first at-bat.  Ryle responded with one run, however, when Takedu Suzuki stole home on the back end of a double steal.  Unfortunately, Ryle could only muster a single hit for the game and this contest also ended via the 10-run rule, this time by the score of 13-0.  

Brighter days ahead for both the JV and Frosh teams . . . . . 



The Raider freshman squad battled back and forth with Boone County during their March 23 matchup at Ryle's home field.  The lead changed five times during the game, but the Raiders eventually pulled out a 10-6 win, their first of the young season. 

The Rebels jumped out to an early lead, scoring twice in the top of the first inning, but the Raiders responded with 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the inning.  Takedu Suzuki, Jacob Zirkle, and Jake Barrett each had a hit to drive in a run.  Ryle went up for good in the 4th inning, scoring two more runs on two hits.  The Raiders tacked on five more runs in the 5th inning, with Barrett providing the key hit, a 2-run double.  He then scored on Tyler Perry's RBI-single.  Boone made things semi-interesting, scoring 3 runs in the 6th inning, but reliever Alex Pergram turned away the threat to secure the Raider win.

Barrett was the hitting star of the game, racking up 3 RBI's on 3 hits.  Ryle starting pitcher Ryan O'Day went two innings and did not allow an earned run.  Reliever David Kennicott also threw two solid innings, allowing only one earned run while fanning three Rebel hitters.   



To say that Raider pitching has come out of the gate strong to start the season is a bit of an understatement.  After getting terrific starting and relief pitching performances in the first two games, Raider pitchers went even a step further in their March 23 game against Boone County at the Rebels' home field.

Jacob Tarvin got the starting nod in this big district rival game.  The first inning was a tad shakey to say the least - Tarvin threw 36 pitches and walked three batters - but eventually recorded the third out without allowing a hit or run.  Key play in the inning was catcher Cam McCabe tossing out a Rebel base stealer.  From there, however, Tarvin was lights out and went four complete innings, not allowing a hit.  Freshman Max Inabnit came on in relief and threw 3 scoreless frames, also not allowing a hit.  His walk of a Boone hitter in the 6th inning was quickly erased when catcher Stefan Clarkson gunned down another Rebel base runner.  So all in all, Tarvin and Inabnit totaled 7 innings and the scoreboard showed a big "0" under the hit column for the Rebels at game's end.

Of course, a no-hitter only means something if your team scores some runs themselves and the Raiders did that as well, scoring their "normal" 4 runs (having scored 4 runs in their first two games against Beechwood and NCC).  Two runs were driven in by a two-out single by Conner Ryle in the 3rd inning, who himself eventually scored on a Boone error.  The Raiders tacked on another run in the 4th compliments of a Ben Lloyd single.

The JV Raiders will face their toughest test of the season when they travel to Blue Ash on Saturday to face the mightly Moeller JV team.  Moeller has won state baseball championships in 3 of the past 4 years and obviously that varsity talent comes up through their JV program, which always fields a very strong team.  The Raiders look forward to the challenge.



The JV team opened the season on Monday, March 21, versus the Beechwood Tigers at Ryle's home field and came away with a very impressive 4-0 win.  Ben Lloyd took the mound and dominated the Tigers, not allowing a single Tiger runner to reach third base during his five innings of work.  Drew Fulmer recorded the save with two scoreless innings.

A scoreless game was broken open in the 3rd inning when Lloyd scored from first base on a two-base error by Beechwood.  Conner Ryle made that error hurt even worse when he launched his first high school home run over the right field fence.  Conner also knocked a two-base shot off the fence in his next at-bat.  The Raiders added a run in the 4th inning on a sac fly by catcher Cameron McCabe.  The Raiders played rock solid defense behind Lloyd and Fulmer, with CF Jacob Tarvin and SS Christian Scanlon turning in some nice glove work and McCabe gunning down one of the few Beechwood runners to reach base. 


Ryle Baseball Field



I want to thanks all the parents and players who participated in the Field Day.  The amount of work that got completed was impressive.  Our field has never looked this nice to open the season and probably has not ever looked this nice period.  I was told around 25 people showed up to help and these people obviously worked very hard.  I will ensure that the players continue to maintain the field throughout the season at the same level you put the field in for us to open play.  Again, thank you very much for giving up part of your weekend to help out.  It is very much appreciated by the players and coaching staff.  We have a field that we can be proud of and receive many favorable comments from visiting teams. 


Coach Roesel 



There have been several updates and changes to the schedule.  This will continue to occasionally occur as the season goes along.  Please remember to re-check the schedule occasionally.  The site allows you to print the entire schedule.  Also attached below is a link to print an Excel document listing the schedules of all three Ryle teams.  Please know there could be an occasional revision to these schedules.  

Handout: 2016 Ryle Schedule All Teams

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In the recently-released Northern Kentucky Coaches pre-season poll, Ryle was ranked as the #2 team, behind only Beechwood.  The following is the ranking of the top ten teams:

1. Beechwood
2. Ryle
3. Highlands
4. Covington Catholic
5. Scott
6. Boone
7. Dixie
8. Cooper
9. Campbell
10. Conner


Tats with JV team


The JV team said farewell to one of their players, Tatsuki Nishimura, this past Friday.  "Tats" is returning to his native home in Tokyo to finish high school.  Tats joined the Ryle baseball program last year as an 8th grader when he played on the JV team and led the team in almost every  offensive category.  Whether it be here in the U.S. or in Japan, Tats clearly has a bright baseball career ahead of him and will be missed greatly.