Post-Crescent all-area baseball player of the year: Ryan Radue, Fox Valley Lutheran

Post-Crescent all-area baseball player of the year: Ryan Radue, Fox Valley Lutheran


Post-Crescent all-area baseball player of the year: Ryan Radue, Fox Valley Lutheran


Quick hits

Class: Senior.

Age: 18.

Parents: Joan and Mark.

Sister: Abby, 15.

Accomplishments: Went 10-2 this season, including a no-hitter and a perfect game. He finished with a 1.93 ERA in 73 innings pitched, allowing 20 earned runs, 43 hits while striking out a school record 139. He walked 34. Radue was the Player of the Year in the Eastern Valley Conference and hit .456 with 14 doubles, one triple, one home run, 35 RBI and was five-for-five in stolen bases. He earned all-District 4 second team honors. He also compiled a 4.02 GPA and was the class valedictorian. He accepted a scholarship to the University of Connecticut.

On the mound

What does it feel like to dominate an opposing hitter?

“It feels great. But a pitcher always needs his defense. It’s never a one-man deal. I have a good team behind me and good coaching. This whole year worked great.”

What was it like to pitch at the state tournament?

“It was great being able to pitch on such a great field. It was great to see all of our fans in the stands. It was a very positive, fun experience.”

How long have you been playing baseball?

“Probably since about age 6. Since I could pick up a bat. I found out that I loved the game when I first started. My parents always backed me. All the hard work has been paying off.”

Did you play any other sports?

“I did. I played football until my junior year and basketball until freshman year.”

Are you looking forward to pitching at the next level?

“Yeah, I’m definitely excited to go out and be a (UConn) Huskie. I’m going to give 110 percent.”

Off the diamond

What are you going to be studying at UConn?

“Mechanical engineering.”

What is your career aspiration?

“Not sure yet. Some type of engineer.”

What is your favorite school subject?

“Math. My mom is a high school math teacher and my dad is an accountant. I’ve been surrounded my whole life by math and I just love it.”

What is the best thing about Fox Valley Lutheran High School?

“The thing I like most is how the school was able to incorporate the Word of God in every subject. We can always relate through the hard times with the Lord. We were able to talk freely about that at schooland that was comforting.”

What is on your iPod?

“A little mix of everything, but probably country would be the most. I love it.”

If you could have dinner with one person, past or present, whom would it be with?

“Nolan Ryan. He has been my hero my whole life. I’m striving to be like him. I want to be a hard worker like he was.”

What is your most prized sports memorabilia possession?

“My baseball from my first win ever from 2006. It was my first Little League win.”

Coach speak

David Kolander, Fox Valley Lutheran: “I can’t say enough good things about Ryan. On the field, he had a memorable season. Two no hitters, one perfect game, setting the school strikeout record, hitting over .450. But off the field, he is an outstanding student and an even better person. He makes everyone around him better. We will truly miss him.”

Dan Gassner, Xavier: “Ryan had a heck of a year. I’ve seen one of the most dominant performances I’ve ever seen a pitcher have, against us. I couldn’t think of another player that deserves this. He was an all-around good baseball player. He dominated on the mound and was a consistent hitter at the plate.”

–Compiled by Dan Kohn: 920-993-1000, ext. 305, or; On Twitter @PcDanKohn


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