Ryan Pansch went unbeaten through the 2012 baseball season at Washington High. His record was 7-0 — good enough to get him selected to the writers’ Class AAA all-state first-team.
Pansch gave up so few earned runs that his ERA was miniscule, less than half-a-run per game.
When the fall-winter school term begins at Shepherd in a few days, Pansch is scheduled to be enrolling along with hundreds of other freshmen from the class of 2016.
“He signed his letter of intent and his financial aid agreement some time ago,” said Shepherd baseball coach Wayne Riser. “We expect him on campus and at fall practice when we begin.”
Even while striking out almost two batters per inning this past season at Washington, the righthanded Pansch did experience some arm tenderness toward the end of the season.
“I told him to stop throwing in game situations,” said Riser. “I wanted him to just lift weights and do his running for the rest of the summer.”
When he joins the fall practices with Riser and the Rams, Pansch will be coming to a team that won the 2012 WVIAC championship. Shepherd got through the eight-team conference tournament in upset fashion and in doing so qualified for the Division II Mid-Atlantic Regional in West Lawn, Pa. West Chester, the eventual national champion, prevailed at the West Lawn regional.
Shepherd has been the WVIAC champion twice in the past four seasons.
Pansch has a small frame for a pitcher whose out-pitch has been a fastball. His control was excellent in 2012 where he walked only about two in his seven-inning games. At about 5-foot-9 and 150, Pansch generated a fastball high school batters couldn’t hit even when he threw it 95 percent of the time.
At Shepherd, he will be joining a starting pitching staff that includes only junior lefthander Paul Hvozdovic and junior righthander Trevor Appleby.
Riser has plans that could find Pansch stepping in as a weekend starter in his first year.