The Bishop Ryan and Sawyer baseball teams were both searching for positives after Ryan's 22-3 trouncing of the Flashes on Monday at Jack Hoeven Park.
For the Lions (3-0 overall, 2-0 Region 6), the silver lining came in a solid performance by junior Mason Kramer in his first varsity pitching action. The hard-throwing righty struck out 11 batters in four innings and completed a combined no-hitter for the Ryan pitching staff.
Ryan sophomore Tanner Sanders recorded the three outs in the opening inning after relieving starter Brody Bosch, who walked four batters in a row to open the game.
Lions coach Brent Nelson said Kramer did a "great job" in his pitching debut and earned some innings later in the season.
"He throws the hardest on the team and if he doesn't start, he'll be a good closer," Nelson said. "He's gonna come in and try to shut some teams down."
For Sawyer, a second-year program that is still a junior varsity team, each game and practice is another learning opportunity.
At different points in the game, Flashes coach Roger Coleman explained to his players how to check on baserunners from the mound and how to start plays in a basic fielding position.
"We even have a lot of kids that haven't ever played baseball before," Coleman said. "It's all fundamentals. Just getting outs - making a routine ground ball, throw and make an out - is a challenge."
After a second inning in which Ryan plated 11 runs, Nelson emptied his bench the next time through the batting order. The Lions benefited from nine walks and three hit batters, but also recorded 13 hits.
Bosch and senior Josh Schell both went 2-for-2 with an extra-base hit, junior Austin Eggl went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and junior Tyler Allers went 2-for-3 with two triples.
Sawyer scored two runs in the opening inning after Bosch walked four batters and Sanders plunked another. Flashes leadoff Colton Lund scored his second run of the game in the top of the second after reaching first on a walk. Kramer beaned the following two batters, then Lund scored on a passed ball.
The Flashes are playing some varsity competition this season and are automatically locked into the No. 6 seed in the Region 6 tournament.
Ryan travels to Surrey today for a 4 p.m. matchup.