Athletes Earn All-Star Honors
CHARLESTON – Tyler Consolidated senior Jordan Baker was chosen to be an utility player for the Class A 2016 All-State baseball second team.
Baker (.411, 25 RBIs, 30 SBs, 7-1, 2.28 ERA, 53 Ks) was the only representative of Tyler County on the team.
Wahama’s two-time all-state first team pitcher Philip Hoffman leads the state’s first team.
Hoffman garnered 18 strikeouts on 87 pitches in the semifinals and 159 Ks for the season to put Wahama in title contention once again.
Joining Hoffman as pitchers on the first team squad are Buffalo senior Nick Whittington and Williamstown senior Reece Westfall.
Westfall’s overall record was 10-1 for the Yellowjackets with a 1.43 ERA with 90 Ks in 73 total frames. The first team infield has two from the Eastern Panhandle as East Hardy senior Bryce Strawderman and state tournament representative Pendleton County senior Logan Cooper join fellow Region II senior Josh Baker of Notre Dame and Greater Beckley Christian junior Wil Mullins.
Strawderman had a .453 batting average with 39 runs and 22 stolen bases to help the Cougars reach the Region II semifinals.
Baker and Strawderman were given first team honors last season and their talent created another nod. Strawderman will be playing baseball at Ohio Valley University next season. Cooper garnered a .485 batting average with 32 runs scored in guiding the Wildcats to the state tournament with an overall record of 25-9.
Mullins hit an impressive .558 with seven doubles and recorded 25 stolen bases to enable Greater Beckley Christian to reach the Region III Championship game before losing to Man by a lone run, 1-nil.
There were three Region II outfielders selected to the first team in South Harrison senior Ian Riggleman, Moorefield senior Wil Schoonover, and East Hardy junior Corey McDonald.
For Riggleman and Schoonover, this is a second first team selection in a row.
Schoonover was a nominated as the second team captain and catcher last season, but this year was primarily a center fielder for the Yellow Jackets with some pitching and catching duties throughout the season.
Schoonover led Moorefield with a .402 batting average, 13 doubles, 28 RBIs, and 29 runs, plus a mound statistic of 2.72 ERA with 49 strikeouts. McDonald pounced on the ball for a .510 batting average with 15 doubles and 40 RBIs, in addition to pitching 61 strikeouts in 46 innings.
Wheeling Central Catholic junior Isaac Rine is the first team catcher who showed poise at the plate and behind the plate all season long with a .455 average., while pacing the Maroon Knights to an 18-10 record and a berth in the state title game.
The first team utility players selected were Pendleton County senior Tim Hevener, Williamstown sophomore Mason Adkins, Greater Beckley Christian senior Tanner Ray, and Sherman senior Jacob Barnett. Hevener moved up from the second team this year with a 9-2 record as a pitcher including 15 strikeouts in the Region II semifinal game against East Hardy, plus a .385 batting average with 32 RBIs.
Adkins led the Yellowjackets to the Region IV semifinals with a team best .489 batting average with 32 RBIs and 18 doubles, plus a 6-2 pitching record with 2.47 ERA with 43 Ks.
Ray paced Greater Beckley Christian with a .517 batting average with 17 doubles and 41 stolen bases in addition to pitching 74 Ks with a 2.04 ERA. Barnett garnered a .529 batting average for Sherman with 30 RBIs and 27 runs with 10 doubles at the plate, then contributed 74 strikeouts on the mound in 57 innings.
State tournament representation on the all-state second team included Man senior pitcher Jake Adkins and Wahama senior Mason Hicks as a utility player.
Joining Adkins as second team pitchers are Huntington St. Joseph sophomore Charlie White and South Harrison senior Jacob Montgomery.
The second team infielders included St. Marys senior Michael Fox (.400, 27 runs), Doddridge County senior Drew Lett, Bishop Donahue junior John Stocklask (.437, 6-1, 1.64 ERA), and Greenbrier West junior Hunter Bevins.
The second team outfielders are Gilmer County junior Chandler Ferguson (.406, 40 runs, 17 SBs), St. Marys senior Ty Flowers (.440, 37 runs), and Wheeling Central senior Anthony Gentile. Tygarts Valley senior catcher P.J. Lanham (.419, 32 RBIs, 28 runs) was selected as the second team captain.
The utility spots for the second team are comprised of Wahama’s Mason Hicks, Tyler Consolidated senior Jordan Baker (.411, 25 RBIs, 30 SBs, 7-1, 2.28 ERA, 53 Ks) Charleston Catholic senior Nick Russo, and East Hardy sophomore Brett Tharp (.488, 43 runs, 24 RBIs, 2-2, 2.82 ERA, 39 Ks).