Raymond Chang of Rockhurst (left) and Oklahoma Panhandle State ’s Ryan
Forsythe may be the two best baseball players in the Heartland Conference. -photo by Aggie Sports
**For Immediate Release**
FORSYTHE vs. CHANG
by Aggie Sports on 05/11/05
Last weekend, probably the two best overall baseball players in the Heartland Conference were on the field at the same time in a four game set – OPSU’s Ryan Forsythe and Rockhurst’s Raymond Chang. Both all-conference players last year, each entered the weekend with season batting averages of over .360.
However, it was in the field that both players proved their credentials on the OPSU diamond. Forsythe’s range as a center fielder is outstanding and after nailing two runners on rockets, nobody from Rockhurst was interested in challenging his arm.
Chang made plays from his shortstop spot that drew praise from fans of both teams. He went to his left, to his right, onto the infield grass, and backwards into the outfield to snag baseballs and his snap throws to first base were pinpoint.
Both young men played in all 36 innings in the four games played over two days. The Aggies won three of them.
Chang, a senior, is a definite professional prospect. Forsythe could play another year at the college level, but has elected to graduate this coming Saturday with a degree in business. The Mesa, Arizona native is keeping his options open as to whether or not to pursue baseball at the next level.
Which one is better? That’s hard to tell, but watch for more news on these two outstanding student athletes . . . Ryan Forsythe and Raymond Chang.