Wahama nets 3 on state baseball teams


By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com



Recent Wahama graduate Philip Hoffman releases a pitch during a May 2 regular season contest against Wirt County on Cook Field at Claflin Stadium in Mason, W.Va.


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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There was no three-peat, but good things still came in threes this spring for Wahama.

The White Falcons landed three players on the West Virginia Sports Writers’ Association Class A all-state baseball teams for the 2017 campaign — as voted on by a select panel of media members throughout the Mountain State.

Wahama — winners of the 2015 and 2016 Class A baseball titles — failed to reach the regional tournament for the first time in nine years, but the Red and White still put together an 18-11 overall mark this past season.

The White Falcons had a pair of repeat selections to the all-state squad in senior Philip Hoffman and junior Dalton Kearns. Sophomore David Hendrick also landed on the list for the first time in his baseball career.

Hoffman — a Marshall University signee — was named to the first team for a third consecutive season, but the 2017 campaign was the first time he wasn’t chosen as a pitcher.

The 2016 Class A captain, Hoffman was chosen as a utility player in his senior campaign after batting .384 with 31 RBIs and 37 runs scored. Hoffman was 4-4 overall in 47.1 innings of work as a pitcher, recording 88 strikeouts and 26 walks while posting a 3.55 earned run average.

Kearns was a special honorable mention selection after batting .323 while scoring 33 runs and knocking in 25 RBIs. Kearns — primarily a middle infielder — was also 8-2 in 51.2 innings of work while recording 61 strikeouts and posting a .244 ERA.

Hendrick was named to the honorable mention list after hitting .391 and scoring 27 runs in his first full season as a starter. Hendrick — primarily used as a catcher — also drove in 15 runs in 69 at-bats.

Ravenswood junior Chase Swain — a pitcher — was named the first team captain, while Wheeling Central senior Isaac Rine — a catcher — was chosen as the second team captain.

Wahama was the only Mason County program to land a player on the Class A squad as Hannan did not receive a selection.

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2017 WVSWA Class A baseball teams

FIRST TEAM

Pitchers: Austin Crebs, Wheeling Central, Jr.; Chase Swain, Ravenswood, Jr. (captain); Brandon Combs, Charleston Catholic, Jr.

Catcher: Luke Cooper, Pendleton County, Sr.

Infielders: Rece Wamsley, Tygarts Valley, Sr.; Austin Whetzel, East Hardy, Sr.; Trae Swisher, Charleston Catholic, Sr.; Hayden Hizer, Paden City, Sr.

Outfielders: Nathan Curtis, Ravenswood, Sr.; Doug Clark, Bishop Donahue, Jr.; Bryce Haer, Williamstown, Sr.

Utility: Lenny Washington, Huntington St. Joe, Fr.; Tyler Riedel, Wheeling Central, Sr.; Mason Adkins, Williamstown, Jr.; Philip Hoffman, Wahama, Sr.

SECOND TEAM

Pitchers: Luke Daugherty, Tyler Consolidated, Jr.; Wil Mullins, Greater Beckley Christian, Sr.; Charlie White, Huntington St. Joe, Jr.

Catcher: Isaac Rine, Wheeling Central, Sr. (captain)

Infielders: Nate Lantz, Tyler Consolidated, Sr.; Noah Yokum, Notre Dame, Sr.; Caleb Riggleman, Tygarts Valley, Sr.; Brett Tharp, East Hardy, Jr.

Outfielders: Connor Fields, Buffalo, Sr.; Jimmy Harper, Valley Fayette, So.; Luke McKown, Charleston Catholic, Sr.

Utility: Blake Bennett, Ravenswood, Jr.; Trey Cooper, Pendleton County, Sr.; Garrett Scott, Cameron, Fr.; Jacob Hensley, Sherman, So.

SPECIAL HONORABLE MENTION

Trevor Barnes, Huntington St. Joe; Nate Rush, Bishop Donahue, Andrew Simms, Cameron; Tyler Wright, Madonna; Patrick Mirandy, Magnolia; Kolton Elliott, Paden City; Dylan Roberts, Tyler Consolidated; Colby Bucher, Valley Wetzel; Zach McAbee, Wheeling Central; Ernie Swartz, Paw Paw; Dalton Dempsey, Fayetteville; Sam Bosley, Greater Beckley; Brandon Williams, Greater Beckley; Hunter Bevins, Greenbrier West; Craig Casto, Montcalm; Jarrett Wiseman, Valley Fayette; Ian O’Donnell, Buffalo; Hunter Whittington, Buffalo; Dominic Martin, Charleston Catholic; Brock Herrod, South Harrison; Ben Rock, Doddridge County; Garrett Collins, Notre Dame; Tim Thorne, Pendleton County; Brett Smith, Tygarts Valley; Dalton Kearns, Wahama; Corey McDonald, East Hardy; Cole Price, Van; Bailey Kirk, Sherman; Justin Fike, Tucker County; Caden Hicks, Calhoun County; Braden Barnhart, St. Marys; Nic Taylor, Ravenswood; Bradan Mullenix, Williamstown; Connor Frye, Ritchie County; Bryce Roberts, Gilmer County.

HONORABLE MENTION

John Piaskowski, Huntington St. Joe; John Stocklask, Bishop Donahue; Trey Scott, Cameron; Mac Raymond, Madonna; Nick Priem, Magnolia; Matt Saxon, Paden City; Tyler West, Tyler Consolidated; Pat Brown, Wheeling Central; Jordan Dempsey, Fayetteville; Chandler Crist, Greenbrier West; Mark Hamrick, Greenbrier West; Shane Presley, Montcalm; Deon Diggs, Mount View; C.J. Shrewsbury, Summers County; Chase Adkins, Summers County; Brett Green, Greater Beckley; Nick Gipson, Valley Fayette; Spencer Dean, Valley Fayette; Nathan Hanshew, Midland Trail; Thomas Blaydes, Charleston Catholic; John Hufford, Charleston Catholic; Jeremiah Ritter, Notre Dame; Tanner Lett, Doddridge County; Addison Rexrode, Pendleton County; Hunter Lanham, Tygarts Valley; Logan George, Tygarts Valley; David Hendrick, Wahama; Clay Skovron, East Hardy; Cole McCourt, Webster County; Colin Young, Webster County; Brady Grant, Van; Ryan Roedersheimer, Parkersburg Catholic; Layne Daniel, Sherman; Bo Haymond, South Harrison; Hunter Hickman, Wirt County; Christian Purnell, Tucker County; Soney Wilson, Calhoun County; Caleb Taylor, St. Marys; Lakin Tucker, Ravenswood; Cullen Cutright, Williamstown; Ty Sturm, Parkersburg Catholic; Chandler Ferguson, Gilmer County.

Recent Wahama graduate Philip Hoffman releases a pitch during a May 2 regular season contest against Wirt County on Cook Field at Claflin Stadium in Mason, W.Va.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/06/web1_6.7-WAH-Hoffman.jpgRecent Wahama graduate Philip Hoffman releases a pitch during a May 2 regular season contest against Wirt County on Cook Field at Claflin Stadium in Mason, W.Va. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

By Bryan Walters

bwalters@civitasmedia.com