SADLER — Scott Ritchey knows about turning around an area baseball program.
The job he did at S&S this past spring was the latest effort in getting a team to the postseason and the Rams’ rise was all the way from the bottom.
A year ago the program suffered through a 1-20 season, including an 0-14 mark during District 11-2A play.
But Ritchey helped get things going in the right direction to where S&S found themselves in the playoffs with a fourth-place finish.
“The only thing I really try to do is build trust with the kids,” Ritchey said. “What I tell them is something that’s going to work.”
The Rams were swept out of the playoffs by state champion Sunnyvale and finished with a 16-12 record but the postseason appearance was the first by S&S in 30 years.
“Sometimes when you have a history of losing, it can be tough to overcome that,” Ritchey said. “I could tell these kids were gaining confidence. I wanted them to understand this was their team, their game.”
For guiding such an amazing turnaround, Ritchey has been named the Herald Democrat All-Texomaland Baseball Coach of the Year for 2014.
The transformation comes just three seasons after Ritchey led Tom Bean to its first playoff appearance in program history.