PREP BASEBALL

Zac Ryan's gem propels Andrean's undefeated record

2013-04-30T20:00:00Z 2013-05-06T21:36:10Z Zac Ryan's gem propels Andrean's undefeated recordHillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

HIGHLAND | Zac Ryan hit a home run for the second time in as many days.

That wasn't the most impressive thing he did for the Times No. 1 Andrean baseball team in Tuesday's game against Highland.

The right-handed senior struck out 16, nearly matching his season high, and allowed one hit in a 5-0 shutout of the Trojans in Northwest Crossroads Conference action.

"I hope this is a prelude to what we've got in store from Zac the rest of the year," Andrean coach Dave Pishkur said. "He's pitched well all year for us. This is probably the most dominating game he's pitched this year ... his fastball was a little bit harder today and he's starting to hit a little bit better and he's a two-way talent."

Ryan said he felt like his timing has improved, even from a 17 strikeout performance against Hersher (Ill.) two weeks ago.

"I definitely feel like it's my best outing for hitting spots," said Ryan, who is bound for Georgia Tech. "I don't feel like I had the velocity on my fastball that I wanted, but I decided to adjust and work through it. So I pinpointed my offspeed and came out on top."

The Trojans (6-8, 3-5) start five sophomores, including leadoff hitter Mark Vargas, who accounted for both of Ryan's walks, and pitcher Clay Keltner, who struck out three in seven innings.

Highland senior Tyler Fraley had the Trojans' only hit and reached base all three at-bats, taking first twice on dropped third strikes.

"(Ryan's) too good for us right now, we have a young team," Highland coach Dan Miller said. "He just over-powered us as you can see. There were times we got the bat on the ball, and we made some good pitches but that's the reason why he's going to an ACC school."

Andrean (17-0, 8-0) scored three runs in the second inning, on two doubles (from Jeremy Wright and David Cox) and a Highland error. Meanwhile Ryan was in the middle of striking out seven in a row from the first inning and into the third.

The 59ers added a run in the fourth and Ryan's homer in the fifth.

"The bats have changed the game for everybody, but it's nice to have a guy, even with the bad bats, who can put a number on the board real quick with a swing," Pishkur said. "There aren't many of those in high school any more."

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