2019 Wetzel-Tyler All-Star Baseball Team
Paden City’s Brent Croasmun has been at the helm for the Wildcats for 30 plus years and made it to the OVAC baseball tournament for the fifth straight year this season. Croasmun led the Wildcats to an OVAC title in 1994 when there was no tournament. During tournament play the Cat’s have been runners up in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and made the four team playoff in 2019. Under Coach Croasmun they were the regular season OVAC Champs in 2016 and Mason Dixon Conference Champs in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.
“I am very proud of the 2019 team, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of athletes,” said Croasmun.
Senior Trey Slider, Paden City High School Captain Slider finished his high school baseball career as on of only four pitchers in school history to reach 200 K’s, finishing with 209. During his senior season he whiffed 109 batters and was the top strikeout leader in the Valley. He had an ERA of 1.72 his senior season. He only gave up 66 earned runs in his for years as a pitcher for the Cat’s. At the plate he batted .331 his senior year and was near .300 for his career.
Senior – Patrick Mirandy, Magnolia High School – Captain – was an all-around player that could do everything well. From the plate he batted .376 with 10-doubles, 3-triples and knocked in 15-runs. He stole 35-39 bases and was a 1st Team All-State last season and should get once more this season. He was one of the top 2-pitchers on the team, and played centerfield and shortstop.
Senior Tyler West, Tyler Consolidated Captain – West, a four year starter for the Silver Knights led them in just about every category this season. At the plate he averaged .567, while scoring 26 runs and adding 25 RBI. He walked nine times and got on base seven times by hit pitch. He had 34 hits in 60 at bats with three home runs, 13 doubles and four triples. West was also the Knights top man on the mound with a 4-4 record, 2.98 ERA, 38 K’s, 40 innings pitched and 17 earned runs.
Senior Matt Saxon, Paden City High School Saxon was a team leader for the Wildcats, playing several positions. He was the Cat’s go to guy when they needed a big hit or a big play. His fielding percentage was .879 while playing shortstop and center field or on the mound. His batting average for 2019 was .459, he had 21 stolen bases, scored 20 runs, while knocking in 18 RBI. Saxon won 4 games and lost 5 from the mound and had a 3.89 ERA, with 47 K’s.
Sophomore – Silas McKeever, Magnolia High School, had a 359 batting avearge with 9-doubles, 1-triple, 1-home-run and knocked in 18 RBIs. And later in the season pitched some.
Senior Jake Rice, Tyler Consolidated High School Rice was the team catcher and a four year player for the Silver Knights. He had 20 hits in 58 at bats for a .345 average. Had 12 stolen bases, scored 19 runs and knocked in 12 runs.
Junior – Jake Gamble, was the Eagles go-to guy on the mound. He was 4-6 and tossed 53.2/3 innings He had 86 strike-outs. At the plate he batted at a .268 batting aveage, with 3-doubles and knocked in 13-runs and stole 11-13 bases.
Senior Ryan Cross, Paden City High School Cross was the primary catcher for the Wildcats and also a reliever on the mound. As catcher he threw out eight runners stealing base, and had only 11 errors on the season. He hit two home runs, nine doubles, and batted at .321. He scored nine runs for the season.
Senior Dylan Seckman, Tyler Consolidated High School Seckman, had a .364 batting average, with 22-60 from the plate. He contributed four double and 17 singles while bringing home 19 RBI. He scored 16 runs, had a 2-1 record from the mound with a 2.63 ERA, struck out 17 batters and pitched 18 2/3 innings. He had one saveand gave up seven earned runs.
Junior Gage Huffman, Tyler Consolidated High School Huffman was one of the top juniors in the state this year. He has a strong arm and good baseball intelligence. At the plate he went 23-65 for a .354 average, with one home run, four triples, three doubles and 14 singles. He had 19 stolen bases and scored a team high 35 runs while knocking in 21 runs. He also frew 14 walks and was hit three times for a free base. On the mound he was 4-3 with a 4.06 ERA, walked 35 batters, but led the team with 60 K’s. He gave up 23 earned runs and had one save while pitching 39 innings.
Senior – Matt Gaiser, Magnolia – played first-base and batted .274 going 17-62,with 3-doubles and plated 13-runs.
Sophomore – Caden Cisar, Magnolia – did it all. He played all the infield positions and pitched. Midway through the season, he was moved behind the plate, that really helped turn around the Blue Eagles season. He batted .263, while knocking in 13-TBIs and was 2-2 stealing bases.
Senior – Jared Kocher, Magnolia – played the hot-corner and was used as a reliever from the mound. He was solid at the plate and moved runner to get them in scoring position. He was also a team-leader as all the above players too.
Frehman – Christian Fluharty, Hundred. In 16-games and 52 at bats he had 21-hits with 10-doubles and 2-triples. As a pitcher, he tossed 44 innings giving up 31-runs and 28-hits with 88-strike-outs and 37 walks with a .239 ERA.
Senior – Bryce Bartrug, Hundred. In 18-games played he was at bat 55-times with 15-hits, with 2-doubles, while scoring 13-runs. From the mound, he tossed 29-innings, giving up 28-hits with 25-strike-outs, and had a 3.38 ERA.
Senior – Hunter Tustin, Hundred. in 17-games played he was 17-52 with 5-doubles and 1-triple, and scored 15-runs. As a pitcher, he only threw 4-innings, striking-out three, and walking-10 and giving up 5-hits.
Senior – Hunter Dennis, River. He was a 4-year starter behind the plate and was used some as a pitcher. He had a very good bat with some pop in his swing. He was Mr. Consistency, was always ready to do whatever it took to get the job done.
Senior – Jake Rose, River. was used as the main guy on the mound that always went up against the opposing teams best. He was also solid at the plate as well.
Senior – Mark Martie, River, was used a lot everywhere and did it very well, wherever he was put. He was also solid at the plate.
Senior – Abe Satterfield. Valley He batted .556 in 18 at bats, with two home-runs and a .994 slugging percentage.
Senior – George Brown, Valley. In his first season playing baseball. Batted .400, with a .550 slugging, also with 2-home-runs in 20 at bats.