Boys Varsity Baseball · Freshman catcher Ryan Pierce stays poised for state-bound Boone Grove

Boone Grove’s Ryan Pierce isn’t afraid to admit it.

Boone Grove’s Ryan Pierce connects during the Class 2A semistate game against Lafayette Central Catholic on Saturday, June 9, 2018. (Michael Gard / Post-Tribune)

The freshman catcher was so uptight in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Lafayette Catholic Central, it was hard to breathe.

“A couple of times, I felt like I was going to throw up,” he said.

When the Knights had runners on second and third base in the seventh inning with one out, Pierce was terrified.

“I just had to keep taking deep breaths,” Pierce said. “If he snapped a curveball and I couldn’t get it, I was going to be in deep trouble.”

That didn’t happen.

Bothwell struck out the last two batters and Pierce was excellent behind the plate. There were no passed balls, though Bothwell did throw one in the dirt that Pierce kept in front of him. The runners were able to advance to second and third.

As a catcher, according to Boone Grove coach Pat Antone, Pierce is wise beyond his years.

The first time Antone saw Pierce play in the off-season, he knew he had something…

Click here for the full 6/15/2018, Post-Tribune article written by Mike Hutton.