If you ask most baseball coaches what they want in a pitching ace, consistency will rank pretty high on the list of responses.
To go deep in the playoffs, you need a No. 1 starter who can be counted on week after week to keep your team in games — even, or perhaps especially, when run support is limited.
For Abilene High coach Lee Fletcher and the 16-8 Eagles, senior Ryan Johnson is that guy.
One of AHS’ top pitchers a year ago as a junior, Johnson has taken his game to a new level in his final high school season. And it’s in the consistency he provides at the top of the Eagle rotation that you’ll find the best illustration of his growth.