Posted by Mack Ade at 6:00 PM
Mack – Hey folks. We’re talking next to the pride of Salisbury School, (MA), right hand starting pitcher Ryley MacEarchern. Firs thing first… is this a “Mack” to “Mack” conversation going on here?
Ryley – Lol, I guess you can say that, always was and will be a ‘Mack’.
Mack – I have this standard question I ask everyone. Go back to the day someone first put either a bat or ball in your hands and take us through the steps that brought you to this moment.
Ryley – Well, I have four brothers, two of which are older. My dad coached all of us in little league so I got to practice and eventually play with all the older kids. When I was three I started actually trying to play, but my 4 year old summer was funny because I used to hit the ball over everyone’s head in farm ball. So the coaches would stop me at second even if I could keep going. My dad was the main reason i started playing.
Mack – You just spelled out one of the tricks of the scouting trade. We go and sit is the stands on the regional 8-11 year old years and look for that one player that stands out as the far superior player at that age and level. That is the name you write down and follow. Anyway, I see you successfully made the transfer from Austin Prep (2011) to Salisbury School. Did you find pitching with eight new players around you a test of your ability?
Ryley - Honestly the whole switch was a test, not only just with baseball but with school, friends, and so on. I knew coming in it was going to change me only in positive ways, and it has. I had the best eight players behind me making all the plays I needed them to make and it showed because we went 33-0 and won our league championship. I think with all the adversity I’ve faced in the 18 years I’ve been alive, I’ve turned out to be ok. Lol
Mack – Yes you have… just don’t play basketballJ I’ve got enough here to show the folks the man. I’ve added in two past scouting reports that speak of your past accomplishments. Thank you for the time spend and, if you don’t mind, I’ll check back with you mid-season and see how things are doing. Remember… baseball. It’s the small one you don’t throw down hoops J