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Baseball: Zac Ryan dominates on mound in 5-0 Andrean win over Highland

Updated: April 30, 2013 11:16PM



HIGHLAND — Highland coach Dan Miller has had a long and successful career with the Trojans, a tenure that will end when he retires after the season.

There are many things he will miss about the game. And one pitcher he probably won’t miss.

“He’s not one of my favorite pitchers to face,” Miller said about Andrean’s Zac Ryan, who pitched a one-hit shutout, while striking out 15 including seven of eight batters in the first three innings of a 5-0 59ers win. “He overpowered our kids and mixed his speeds up very well. He’s a big time pitcher.”

“I didn’t feel like I had all my velocity on my fast ball so I tried to adjust and hit my spots more,” Ryan said. “I thought I did pretty good, it was one of my better days.”

He’s not a bad with the bat, either, as the Trojans found out when he homered in the fidth inning.

The sometimes offensively challenged 59ers also got contributions from the bottom of their batting order with five of their seven hits coming from batters seven through nine. David Cox had two hits, including a second-inning, two-run double, and Dakota Cooper added a hit and a sacrifice bunt that set up Cox’s contribution.

“Hitting-wise, we have a ways to get better,” Andrean coach Dave Pishkur said. “I hope we get better offensively. We’ll work on it and we’ll see.”

Ryan pitched 41/3 innings of no-hit ball with the only thing getting in the way of perfection — Highland leadoff man Mark Vargas’ two walks.

The no-hitter was broken up by a solid single to center by Tyler Fraley that just went past the glove of Ryan the fifth inning.

“I’m happy with the way the team is playing,” Ryan said. “We’re unbeaten in conference and I hope we can keep that going.”



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