Baseball: Missed chances burn Ryan

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Ryan junior Cade Kennedy, right, takes off for third after a ball was overthrown at second base during a game against Coppell on Friday in Denton.

Dozen Raiders stranded in 10-3 district loss to Coppell

Ryan had early chances in Friday night’s game to get some runs across against Coppell.

In the first three innings, Ryan’s offense walked back to the dugout with a runner stranded 60 feet away from home. For all the hits they accumulated at Raider Field, the Raiders only had a few runs to show for it in a 10-3 loss to the Cowboys.

Ryan left 12 runners on base against Coppell, which kept the Raiders winless in District 5-5A play.

“We’re starting to figure some things out swinging the bat,” Ryan head coach Bret Warnack said. “We’re not doing it up and down the lineup yet. We get to parts of our order where we struggle with that. We struggle with putting the ball in play.”

Ryan junior Shomari Cann went 2-for-4 with two doubles to lead the Raiders (2-19-2, 0-6 district). Ryan scored one run in the first inning, when it put together three hits.

The Coppell fans that hollered throughout the contest fell silent with the rest of the field in the fourth inning. Coppell designated hitter Hayden Kettler hit a hard ground ball between second base and third base. The ball took a hop and it went off Ryan shortstop Manny Torralba’s face as he was diving to his right. Torralba was face down in the infield dirt for a few minutes before he finally came to his feet, drawing a strong ovation from the fans in the bleachers.

Torralba was taken to the hospital after the incident, Warnack said.

“He was pretty woozy when I got out there,” Warnack said. “We just took him in. I wanted to make sure we got him in and got him checked out and made sure everything’s OK.”

Coppell senior Drew Hanson, who’s headed to Abilene Christian, picked up the win. Ryan junior Ryan Burks picked up the loss. Burks struggled with his command and threw 88 pitches in 3 1/3 innings.

Only one of the seven runs scored against him was earned. At the plate, Burks went 2-for-4.

Coppell pulled away from the Raiders in the top of the fourth inning. The Cowboys (15-6-1, 4-2) scored six runs in the inning to open up an 8-1 lead.

After a brief delay in the top of the seventh inning due to a small electrical problem, the Raiders were down to their final strike. Ryan plated two more runs but ended the game with the bases loaded when junior Ben Davidson struck out looking to end the game.

While the Raiders still have yet to win a district game since 2012, Warnack likes the way the team has improved recently. Warnack said different aspects of the team’s game are getting better, but on Friday night, the Raiders showed there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

“We just didn’t get the timely hits when we needed to,” Warnack said. “We allowed them to have some easy runs that were unearned.”

BEN BABY can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter @Ben_Baby.


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