Sunday, July 28, 2002

Ex-Bearcat adjusts to new game

Minges: Baseball threw other curves

By Gary Estwick,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The transition from softball to baseball has been a challenge for Ryan Minges. But the former University of Cincinnati baseball player is having fun doing it.

        “It's a lot less stressful to play softball,” said Minges, who played baseball at UC from 1999-2001.

        He is one of five former college players on Cooper Sports/Specialty Vending/Worth in the Cincinnati Metro Softball Tournament. The others: Jeff Haiber (Miami University), Kenny Burdine (Bowling Green), Jason Roesch (Cumberland University) and Kevin Barger (Tennessee-Martin).

        They played Saturday night against Tiny Town Pizza/ TPS in the Major division, the highest division at the tournament. Minges' team is ranked No.2 in the Cincinnati Softball News Manager's Poll.

        Minges has played softball for more than a year. The biggest difference between baseball and softball, he said, is the premium on hitting.

        “Baseball is 70 percent defense and 30 percent hitting,” said Minges, 24. “Softball is 90 percent hitting and 10 percent defense.”

        There's more scoring strategy in softball. Teams can hit only a certain number of home runs, depending on the level of play (12 home runs in the Major division), so the idea is to load the bases when the sluggers come up.

        There's also pitching.

        “You have to adjust to a ball coming in at 4 or 5miles an hour as compared to a fastball at 94, 95 miles an hour,” Minges said.

        Whether it's baseball or softball, both run in his family. His brother Tyler is in his fourth season with the Cleveland Indians' farm system, playing for Single-A Kinston. Justin is a sophomore pitcher for the Bearcats. And Jason, the eldest, is a veteran on the local softball scene.

        There's one thing Ryan doesn't miss about baseball.

        “The stress,” Minges said.


Sports Stories
Cintas, Stan Litz to meet in finals
- Ex-Bearcat adjusts to new game
Five questions with Bud Collins
Quiver with fear
Austin defends IBF bantamweight title
Holmes beats Butterbean, then retires
Ruiz keeps title when Johnson's disqualified
Armstong adds to big lead in Tour de France
Colleges promote fitness centers as ways to draw new students
Evernham still seeking answers
Fultz eyes NASCAR's big show
Injuries make deals unpredictable
Safina beats Nagyova for first WTA Tour title
Sorenstam, Park tied in Big Apple
The art and science of landing fish
VanLingens looking for seventh title
Coming up this week
Enquirer Page Two Power rankings

Reds 2, Mets 1
Reds box, runs
Reds star makes time for family of 9-11 victim
Cinergy farewell sells out quickly
Double dose of Kearns frustrates Mets
Reds Q&A
Cinergy countdown No.17 - Aug. 21, 1990
Down on the farm
Reds chatter
Charlotte 11, Louisville 6
John Fay's MLB power rankings
Williams' daughter will challenge document
NL roundup
AL roundup
Notes from Saturday's games
DAUGHERTY: Bengals have one believer anyhow
Pick a seat, any seat, at Georgetown
Warrick shoots for greatness
Bengals Q&A
Brooks a no-show at Saints training camp
Cards' Boston trying to put legal woes behind him
Colts sign first-round pick
Winton Woods chooses inaugural Hall class