North Pocono diamond standout headed to the next level
Since stepping onto the high school baseball scene as a freshman, North Pocono senior Ryan Deom has been a double-threat on the local diamonds.
Over the past three seasons, the fireballing right-hander has racked up an impressive record on the mound and has contributed significantly to the Trojans’ offense.
Although he still has another season of high school baseball ahead of him, following graduation Deom will be continuing both his academic and athletic careers for Lehigh University.
The Mountain Hawks are doing well by recruiting Deom.
As a freshman, he got the nod to start in the District II Class AAA championship and went seven-plus innings without giving up a run to Valley View.
He maxed out his pitches before being relieved by Charlie Lamparter who closed the extra innings shutout defending a 1-0 lead.
He started in last spring’s 5A title bout against Crestwood as well, going five innings before Cory Wall closed for the 4-2 victory.
As a junior, Deom batted .348 by going 23-for-66. He had nine extra base hits, 17 runs, and 11 RBIs.
He has a .280 career average at the plate. In 162 appearances over three seasons he’s only struck out 20 times.
Ryan’s fastball clocks in the mid-80s. He’s notched 98 strikeouts and has amassed 13 wins over 139 innings, contributing to his 2.17 ERA.
He’s been named “Athlete of the Week” multiple times; earned First Team Lackawanna League All-Star status and has made the All-Region Team as well.
“Mason Black from Valley View already plays for Lehigh and Adam Retzbach from Lakeland is going there too,” Deom said.
“I play with both of them in Baseball U. during the summer and they both had a lot to do with exposing me to Lehigh and my decision to play there.”
Landing a spot on an NCAA Division 1 baseball team doesn’t come solely on athletic prowess.
Ryan is a member of the National Honor Society and consistently achieves the high honor roll.
He’s packed his senior year with Advanced Placement classes including Chemistry, Physics II, Calculus, Psychology, and English.
“Ryan is easily in the top ten of his class,” said Head Coach Brian Jardine.
“I think his choice to go to Lehigh is wise decision and it’s a good fit both academically and for baseball.”
Jardine is known for running a tight ship, both when it comes to playing and when it comes to cracking the books.
Eyeing a biochemistry major and hoping to continue on to either medical or graduate school, Ryan knows front-loading a lot of his school work will help him both with maintaining his grades in college.
Lehigh also has a high standard for its student athletes.
“It’s not all about getting high scores on the AP tests, you want to have a good background going into college as well,” Ryan said.
“If you don’t have the academics, you’re not even going to sniff the field.”
Although he’s been a stable contributor to the Trojans basketball team, Ryan is opting out of hoops this winter to focus on baseball conditioning.
Lifting through the snowy months will lead directly to spring practices and the baseball season.
It will be an interesting as Deom stands as one of the few power pitchers left in a division where teams will need to rely more on the bat.
“I think we’re going to have a nice mix of older guys, younger talent that saw some action last year, and possibly some new additions,” Deom said.
“We’ll definitely be a scrappier team this season.”