By Peter DiGiovanni
Conestoga High School came into this baseball season as not one of the best teams in the area, but they did have one of the best players.
Shortstop Ryne Ogren excelled, not only at plate, but also in the field as he a supreme grace the way a throw was made, the effortless way a grounder was gobbled up. There was just something different about the young man playing the toughest infield position on the diamond.
The senior made just one error in 64 chances in the regular season, recorded five saves as the closer and and hit a lusty .543 with 17 RBI’s. It is for this exemplary and all around play that Ogren ist the Daily Local News Baseball All-Area Player of the Year.
‘Ryne just did it all for us,“ Conestoga coach John Vogan said. “He was fantastic in the field for us. He just made so many great plays for us. He made all the routine plays too, which sometimes is a lot harder. He came in and saved five games for us and he hit better than he did as a junior for us.
“He had such great numbers in 2014 when we went tot he state finals and it is hard to match those numbers for players. Ryne not only matched those numbers he exceeded them and that is a testament to how hard he works.
“We had a scrimmage against Downingtown West before the playoffs started and he booted a grounder. The next day, I got to practice early and he was out there fielding grounders his dad was hitting to him. He has so much natural ability, but what sets him apart is how hard he worked on his game. He was the first one to practice and he worked on his game all the time. He has a lot of natural ability, but it was his work ethic and leadership that made him the player he is.”
Ogren will play his collegiate baseball at Elon University in North Carolina. When a player from the northern part of the country gets to play the best baseball in America, in the south, it says a lot about the talent level of the player.
“I really liked Elon and am looking forward to getting down there and playing baseball,” Ogren said.
“This year we really came together as a team and we won the Central League title, which was one of our goals before the season and we will always have that banner up in the gym here.”
Ogren also had 17 putouts, scored 10 runs, ripped five doubles and struck out just twice in the regular season.
There will be more talented players to pass through Conestoga in the future, but they will have to go a long way to outshine Ryne Ogren.
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