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North Texas standout Ward signs to play baseball for OC

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas (June 18, 2014) – Ryan Ward, a standout outfielder for Richland Senior High School in north Texas, has signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at Oklahoma Christian, OC coach Lonny Cobble said Wednesday.

The 6-foot-2 Ward led Richland to a 26-11 record and a berth in a Class 5A area tournament as a senior. He was selected to play in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association’s All-State game, which was played last week in Round Rock.

“We’re very excited about this signing,” Cobble said. “Ryan is a hard-working young man who brings a strong arm and some power to an already talented outfield. He should contend for playing time right away.”

Ward will join an OC program that’s on the rise as the university goes through the NCAA Division II membership process. The Eagles have won the last two National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region titles, qualifying for the NCCAA World Series both years for the program’s first national-tournament appearances since 1972.

Last season, OC finished 38-17-1, setting a program record for wins in a season. The Eagles were third in the final regular-season standings in the Division II Heartland Conference and finished the regular season sixth in the Division II South Central Region rankings – good enough to qualify for them for the Division II postseason, had they been eligible.