Ryan Johnson: Baseball and Science

Ryan Johnston has very little spare time. A talented college athlete and an equally serious student, he devotes countless hours to keep his RBIs high and his GPA even higher.

The Edmond resident started playing baseball at age five. He played in middle school, winning the USSSA National Little League Championship at age 14, and in high school, including one year with the Edmond Memorial High School Bulldogs. He went on to play for Oklahoma Christian University and he currently plays first base for Hillsdale Baptist University in Moore.

Johnston credits his dad for inspiring his love of baseball. “He is a huge baseball fan and he’s always had me out practicing; I love playing,” he says.

His team, the Saints, is highly-ranked in Christian Division-II baseball, and recently competed in the NCCAA National Championship Tournament in Wakeland, Florida. The Saints made it all the way to the championship round, and were leading the number one-ranked Southwestern University Fire in the very last inning 3-0; but at the last moment, the Fire scored four runs for a win and brought the final score to 4-3. Though it was a bitter defeat, at least the Fire were formidable opponents. The Florida team has won the last three championships in a row.

In the tournament, Johnston scored 4 runs and had 4 runs batted in. He also went 7 for 14, which means that after 14 times at bat, he hit the ball 7 times, giving him a .500 batting average, topping lifetime averages of legendary sluggers like Ty Cobb (.366), Babe Ruth (.342) and Hank Aaron (.305).

Even though his athletic statistics are impressive, more important to Johnston than winning