All-County Baseball All-Stars Selected
The First All-Wetzel County All-Star Baseball team has been named, with MHS Head Coach Dave Cisar being named Winning Coach of the Year.
Cisar guided his team to the OVAC Class AAA Title and another Region I Sectional title. Magnolia won 15 games, losing only five, including one to the Weir Red Riders in the Region semifinals.
Magnolia’s Andrew Robinson and Ryan Thoburn of Paden City High School were named Players of the Year.
Other members named to the all-star squad were: Wildcats Wes Cosper, Chris Loy, Ricky Wright, and Malakai Anderson; Hundred Hornets Dalton and Shane Kuhn, with matching .338 batting averages; Valley Lumberjacks Freddie Guthrie, Alex Henderson, Cody Bates, and Cody Scott; and Blue Eagles Justin Fox, Jordan Ash, Davey Howell, and Mason Rine.
Robinson, in his 2009 senior year, batted .379 and scored 22 runs, while stealing 8-10 bases. He had nine doubles, two triples, and stroked one home run, while being given 13 passes.
As a pitcher, he tossed 43-1/3 innings and had eight starts, winning six, losing one, and giving up only 11 runs. Four of his starts were complete games. He had 18 1-2-3 innings and posted an impressive .179 ERA, with opposing teams batting .214 against him. He gave up 37 hits in the season.
Fox had a .403 batting average, pounding out 21 hits and 20 runs that included two doubles, one triple, and a home run. Every other time Fox came to bat, he reached on 31-62 opportunities and drove home 18 runs.
Fox swiped 8-8 bases and went errorless in the field.
Fox was perfect on the base paths and in the field, swiping 8-8 bases while going error-free in the field.
From the pitching rubber, he had seven starts with four complete games in 43-1/3 innings, walking 16, and giving up 25 hits. He had a 1.23 ERA, putting down opposing batters in order 20 times. Opposing teams batted .155 and had a record of 4-3.
Ash moved from catcher to shortstop in the last two seasons, batting .417, scoring 26 runs, and knocking home 25 baserunners. He led the county with seven round trippers and added three doubles and one triple.
Howell controlled left field for the Blue Eagles and led the team in batting average with .428. He compiled 27 hits, with two home runs, a triple, and four doubles. He was issued eight walks and was on the base paths 50 percent of the time. In addition, he was true on 9-10 stolen bases and knocked in 18 Eagle base runners.
Like Fox, Rine never had an error during the season. He had a .344 batting average and scored 13 runs, while knocking in 10 runs and adding four doubles. On the mound. Rine threw 15-1/3 innings that Continued from page 1
included one complete game, sitting down 12 in a 2-0 season. In addition, he allowed only five earned runs.
At Paden City, Cosper led the ‘Cats with a .427 average and a .510 on-base percentage. At the plate, he smacked eight doubles, one triple and two home runs, while plating 32 base runners. He was successful on 30 stolens and added one sacrifice bunt.
On the hill, he had a 5-3 record with one save. He struck out 57 opponents in 46 innings and four complete games.
Anderson, besides an outstanding .379 batting average, was flawless behind the plate. Not too many players tried to steal on him straight up. He kept runners from getting too far off the bases and didn’t hesitate to throw to any base.
In addition to a good arm, he also had hustle, following all chances to first and catching a few players trying to slip from first to second on errant throws. He committed only two errors all season.
His record at bat included eight doubles and a homer and led the county with 31stolen bases. On the mound, he had a 3-1 record with 32 strike outs in 26 innings.
Wright held down the shortstop position and had a .364 batting average. He smacked five doubles and four home runs, while knocking in 29 runs and stealing 18 bases.
Loy played first base for most of the season and had a .324 average with seven doubles. He added three home runs – all of them against Cameron in the sectional playoffs.
Thoburn was the heart and sole of the Wildcats. When he wasn’t at first base, he was on the mound. Offensively, he had a .346 batting average with five doubles, one triple and two home runs. He stole 22 bases and committed only two errors all season with 25 put outs and a .927 fielding percentage.
From the hill, he won three, lost three, with two saves. He threw four complete games, striking out 65 batters in 39 innings.
At Valley, Guthrie led Wetzel County with a .429 batting average and a .746 slugging percentage. He also led the ‘Jacks with 22 RBIs and five home runs. Guthrie added three doubles and a triple, while serving time behind the plate as their catcher.
Bates led the ‘Jacks with 18 runs 27 hits – a tie with Guthrie for the most hits. Additionally, he drilled four doubles and drove in 11 base runners.
Scott scored 17 times and had 23 hits with two doubles and two home runs, while driving in 10 ‘Jack baserunners. Meanwhile, Henderson turned in a .352 batting average with 19 hits that included three doubles and a triple. He also RBId 14 baserunners. Although he was the ‘Jack’s leading pitcher, he missed the last five games of the season because of a leg injury.