Sean Ryan

Stone Bridge, Junior

When the baseball season began, Ryan was still on the mend after arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He sat out the first three games and, even after his return, was limited to a role as Stone Bridge's designated hitter.

But in the past month, Ryan has returned to the Bulldogs' outfield and has been a standout at the top of their batting order. He is batting .500 (31 hits in 16 games) and was 8 for 10 in three victories last week as Stone Bridge (14-5, 11-2) moved into a tie for the Virginia AA Dulles District lead.

Ryan had three singles, three doubles, a triple and a home run for the Bulldogs. He scored six runs, drove in three and stole two bases.

"I'm hitting a lot better this year, and I think it's actually because I couldn't play when the season first started," said Ryan, who was injured during football season. "All I could do in practice was hit. I couldn't track down fly balls or anything. . . . I had a lot of time to adjust my swing to what I felt most comfortable with, and a lot of time to practice seeing the pitches. So then, right when I got back out there, it all felt normal."

-- Angela Watts