It wasn’t hard to see why Flower Mound’s quartet of pitchers will be headed to big-time colleges in the near future.
Ryan’s offense struggled in both games against the Jaguars on Friday night, dropping both games at Raider Field. Flower Mound won the first game 14-0 and then turned around and defeated the Raiders 3-0 in the second game of the District 5-5A doubleheader.
“That is by far the best pitching staff we’ve ever seen,” Ryan junior Ryan Burks said. “They have kids that are crafty, and they have kids that are throwing 94 [miles per hour], which is hard to adjust to.”
Ryan (2-21-2, 0-8 district) remains winless in District 5-5A play. The two teams were originally scheduled to play at Ryan on Thursday and at Flower Mound on Friday, but Thursday’s severe thunderstorms forced the two teams to play both games on Friday.
After junior Sean Wymer threw an abbreviated no-hitter in the first game, Ryan went up against Flower Mound’s trio of future Big 12 pitchers.
The Jaguars (17-7, 5-3) started off with senior Seth Jordan (signed with West Virginia), then followed with senior Kyle Johnston (signed with Texas) and senior BJ Myers (signed with West Virginia). Myers picked up the six-out save for the Jaguars.
Flower Mound head coach Danny Wallace compared the trio to a group he had in Georgetown a few years ago. That group included Taylor Jungmann — who’s currently in the Milwaukee Brewers organization — and Andrew McKirahan, who’s currently in the Chicago Cubs organization.
“It’s a very easy comparison, but these three might be better,” Wallace said.
Ryan mustered four hits against the three pitchers. Burks went 2-for-3 and was the closest any Raider got to third base. Burks was thrown out in the fourth inning when he tried to advance an extra base on a single by senior second baseman Cody McBee.
Burks pitched a complete game and allowed 10 hits and struck out six, while keeping the Raiders in the contest.
After Flower Mound opened with two runs in the first inning, Burks kept the Jaguars scoreless until the fifth inning, when Flower Mound first baseman Mitch Andrews hit a solo home run over the left-field wall.
“He wasn’t really sharp that first inning, but he found it after that and threw the ball well for us,” Warnack said of Burks.
Warnack was pleased with the way his team responded after a very lackluster performance in the first game of the doubleheader.
“They’re tough to beat with their pitching, but we competed and were in the game the second game,” Warnack said. “I can live with that. I can live with getting beat, but their pitching beat us the second game. We didn’t beat ourselves at least.”
In the first game, Wymer was stellar in five innings of work, finishing with the abbreviated no-hitter. It was Wymer’s second no-hitter of the season.
Warnack was thoroughly displeased with his team’s demeanor in the first contest.
“I didn’t feel like we were mentally ready to play when we came out the first game from the time that we stepped out of the fieldhouse and just the looks on our faces, I could tell right away we weren’t ready to play and we played like it the first game,” Warnack said.
Wymer struck out seven and allowed only one baserunner when McBee drew a walk in the fifth to spoil the perfect game. Only one ball got out of the infield against Wymer, who has fielded lots of interest from Big 12 schools.
Sam Watson picked up the loss for the Raiders. He pitched 3 1/3 innings and was relieved by Michael Cannon. Watson and Cannon didn’t have much help defensively. The Raiders committed six errors on the evening to compound the team’s struggles at the plate against Wymer.
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Flower Mound 14, Ryan 0 (5)
WP — Sean Wymer. LP — Sam Watson. 2B — FM: Thomas Jeffries, Ryan Sloma. 3B — FM: Connor Wanhanen. Records — Flower Mound (16-7, 4-3), Ryan (2-20-2, 0-7).
Flower Mound 3, Ryan 0
WP — Kyle Johnston. LP — Ryan Burks. 2B — FM: Connor Wanhanen, Jameson Hannah. HR — FM: Mitch Andrews. Records — Flower Mound (17-7, 5-3), Ryan (2-21-2, 0-8).