Ryan Stick walked from behind the plate to his team’s bench, and he couldn’t contain the smile plastered on his face.

Ryan Stick walked from behind the plate to his team’s bench, and he couldn’t contain the smile plastered on his face.

The Fort Osage catcher just threw out a wandering Blue Springs South base runner at first base in the Indians’ 15-11 loss Monday at South that ended the Jaguars’ bottom half of the fifth inning.

The walk to the dugout was a cool, confidant stride of a catcher, who two games into the season had made an impression with his daring throw behind the Jaguars runner.

An inning before, Stick ended a potential Blue Springs South threat by throwing out a would-be base stealer at second base.

“I just threw the ball,” Stick said. “With the one guy at first base, I saw him take too big of a lead. So I took my opportunity and threw it and see where it went.”

Stick also caused some damage at the plate against the Jaguars.

Before his inning-ending throws came a three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning that gave the Indians a 9-4 lead.

Batting behind the potent combination of Drew Standifer and reigning Examiner Baseball Player of the Year Alex Greer, Stick is in a prime position to have a productive season.

“It’s going to take a special hitter to hit behind those two guys,” said Indians coach Chris Walker. “Especially Greer because you don’t want the other team to walk him to get to the next guy. Ryan worked a lot during the summer on his batting, and it’s paid off. He’s coming along.”

Added Stick: “It’s kind of cool hitting behind the two best hitters on the team. It’s kind of cool. When they get on base, it kind of puts me in a position to where I almost have to hit the ball, and it gives me a chance to get a bunch of RBIs. If they’re always on base and I keep getting hits, then everything will work out.”

And as nice as the name Stick sounds for a baseball player, it’s his arm that’s turning heads to open the year.

“I always like having someone on first so I can throw him out,” Stick said. “It’s kind of a rush. I like it.”

Said Walker: “He’s got a hose behind the plate. He’s a very good defensive catcher.”