Ryan baseball sweeps Surrey
The Bishop Ryan baseball team found ways to win two different types of baseball games Thursday at Corbett Field.
Ryan starting pitcher Alex Burckhard outlasted Surrey’s Jayden Wetzel in a 1-0 pitcher’s duel in Game 1, then the Lions opened the floodgates in Game 2, winning 10-2 in five innings.
The Lions and Mustangs were scoreless entering the bottom of the fifth inning, then the bottom of Ryan’s batting order took over. After Cole Dauphinais reached base and eventually advanced to third, Luke Voorhies drove in Dauphinais with a RBI groundout to score the lone run Burckhard needed.
“I like the way we fought,” Ryan coach Fred Nelson said. “Nobody hung their heads when we couldn’t get a run early. Jayden threw really well for them and we had trouble hitting him. The other good thing about that run was it was produced by our seven, eight and nine hitters. I was happy to see the bottom of our order producing.”
Burckhard tossed six scoreless innings and struck out seven Mustang batters while allowing three walks. Meanwhile, Wetzel pitched a complete game, tossing six innings and striking out six batters while getting through the game without allowing a walk.
The Lions had five hits to the Mustangs’ three, with Eli Stewart leading the way for Ryan with a 2-for-3 day.
In the second game, Ryan jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. The three-run cushion was all the support Voorhies needed. In his first start on the mound this season, Voorhies tossed all five innings, allowing two runs.
“It was good that we stayed focused since Game 2 doesn’t count for the region standings,” Nelson said. “The guys jumped out on front in the first and gave Voorhies an early three run cushion. We haven’t had Luke throw for us yet this year but he pitched well. We were also able to get some younger guys into the game which is always nice to see.”
Stewart was 1-for-1 with two walks and a three-run triple in Game 2, while Mason Hedberg was 2-for-3, Chris Sowitch was 2-for-2 and Logan Merck was also 2-for-2 for Ryan.
Jaxon Feller was 1-for- 2 for Surrey in the contest.
Surrey (3-1) is back in action at 4 p.m. Tuesday against Velva-Drake/Anamoose-Sawyer in Surrey, while Ryan (7-2) faces Central McLean at 4 p.m. today on the road.
Garrick Hodge covers Minot State athletics, the Minot Minotauros and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter at @Garrick_Hodge