Thursday, June 13, 2013
Ryan Boyle opened his high school baseball career with style so it seems fitting he will end it with style.
Boyle joined the Fort Dorchester varsity team as an eighth-grader and hit a homerun in his first at bat for the Patriots. This weekend he will end his Fort Dorchester career by representing the Patriots in the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association North-South Baseball All-star Series.
Boyle was selected to join the 4A/1A South All-star Team as a shortstop/pitcher. Each year only some 16 players from the southern part of the state are invited to join the team. This year Boyle is one of only three players from the Lowcountry to be named to the team and the only Dorchester Two player.
He and his fellow all-stars will compete against the 4A/1A North, 3A/2A North and 3A/2A South teams during a showcase series being held at The Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach June 14-15.
Boyle missed his junior season at Fort Dorchester due to a lower-arm injury but he lettered four years for the Patriots. This year, he had a 5-3 record as a pitcher and also played shortstop and second base. He finished the season with a .356 batting average and with 10 stolen bases and nine doubles.
“Ryan did so much for our team this year,” Fort Dorchester coach Jack Radcliffe said. “He is one of the main reasons we did as well as we did with such a young team. I think coming off that injury hurt his batting average but he had a good on-base percentage, led the team in doubles and stolen bases, and received our Ace Award.”
Boyle will play with the Diamond Devils this summer and join the Florence-Darlington Technical College baseball team in the Fall. Radcliffe says he may have some of his better performances ahead of him.
“Having to pitch one game and then move to shortstop the next is hard on the arm but he did a great job handling that and I think he only made six errors this season,” Radcliffe said. “He also stepped up as a leader this season. I expect him to step in and play right away up there.”
Cane Bay pitcher Austin Timm and Wando catcher Babe Thomas were also selected for the 4A/1A South All-star Team.
Other athletes who will represent the Lowcountry during All-star Weekend are Berkeley pitcher Andrew Lockilear, James Island pitcher Tyler Weekley and Woodland pitcher Michael DeLee who were all named to the 3A/2A South All-star Team.
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