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Shelton: Holy Family’s Silva moving baseball career from JUCO to Colorado Christian

Over the course of the past two seasons, Ryan Silva has become a force in McCook (Neb.) Community College’s batting lineup. The powerful left-handed hitter now intends on bringing his potent game back to the Rocky Mountains.

The former Holy Family High School standout has verbally committed to play baseball for Colorado Christian University. He plans to make everything official, signing his letter of intent after he graduates Thursday, from his junior college.

Silva — part of the last Holy Family team to make the Class 3A finals — has been one of McCook’s heaviest hitters the past two seasons. This year, he is at or near the top of the Indians’ offensive statistical categories, including RBIs (21) and batting average (.369). His season earned him accolades within his team, with the outfielder being named McCook’s Player of the Year.

Silva accomplished all this despite being slowed by a wrist injury. Inflamed cartilage held Silva out of 12 of McCook’s opening 14 games this season. At first it was thought the injury would require surgery, but was instead treated with cortisone injections.

Silva was recruited by Colorado Christian’s interim coach and Colorado Rockies play-by-play announcer Jerry Schemmel. He is projected to remain in the outfield in his college career.

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