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Andrew RamirezAndrew Ramirez
Andrew Ramirez is suiting up for the Bishop Ward baseball season for one last season. Although Ramirez’s Cyclone season may be coming to an end, his baseball career has just begun.
“I have signed to play baseball next year at Missouri Western State University,” Ramirez said with confidence.
Thus far, the Cyclones have a district record of 3-2 and are currently in fourth for Kaw Valley standings with two losses to Piper on April 4.
“I feel great about this season, and the team. We work hard to get better every day. We all push each other and have each other’s backs,” Ramirez said.
The Cyclones opened their season with a win against Lansing on April 2 and Ramirez felt that opening the season with a win set the team with the tools they needed for a successful season in the end.
“It always feels good to come out with a win to open a season,” Ramirez said. “For the first couple innings we weren’t hitting too well, but played great defense and made plays. Our pitching was good, then around the fifth inning we turned it on and came alive at the plate and closed the game out strong to get the win. We are a good all-around team so I expect more good hitting, pitching and defensive games.”
Ramirez feels he expects a lot of his team this year with the talent they individually have and the number of returning players from last season’s team, such as other notable players like Jon Roblez.
Ramirez not only strives for his team goals, but his individual goals are important for the next step in his baseball career.
“I have a lot of individual goals that I strive for every year,” Ramirez said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself to be a leader on and off the field and to help my team in any way I can, whether that is making a big play in the field or by coming up with a big hit in a crucial time.”
Not only are the individual goals and team goals Ramirez sets for himself, the history of Ward baseball is something Ramirez takes to heart and thinks of every time he steps onto the field.
“It’s great because I feel that it pushes us every year to do well and work hard,” Ramirez said. “Everyone expects to see us at state and that is a good reputation to have. No team from Ward wants to be the team who didn’t make it to state.”
Bishop Ward High School has a record of making an appearance at state championships and coming up on top. Through the years Ward has progressed and made a name for itself as a prestigious high school baseball team. In recent years, 2003-2010, the Cyclones have come out on top.
Evan Burns, who pitched for Bishop Ward in 2011, earlier talked about losing a state baseball title. "It was disappointing, but after it all sunk in I realized it was a great ride and the hard work was worth it," Burns said.
Ramirez hopes that this year’s team can bring home a championship.
“We came up just short the past two seasons, but that’s OK because I have a good feeling about this team, we have what it takes and now we just have to show it,” Ramirez said.