PARKERSBURG – This was a season to remember for Rob Jones coach Tyler Consolidated baseball team.
Not only did the Silver Knights set a school-record 23 victories, coach Jones saw his team secure the first tournament in the Little Kanawha Conference in TCHS history.
The head of the post was left-winger Ty Walton, who was awarded the League Coach of the Year as LKC Player of the Year.
“Tyk has worked very hard to get to where he is. He is the first LKC player in school history this year and this was also the first title in the school history team. “ stated Jones, who was named LKC Coach of the Year.
“Ty is a player who appears ahead of everyone else in Saturday morning training and does his whole routine with his band, heavy balls, stretching and ready to prepare his arm and body. His leadership for the Knights baseball program has been key to our success.”
Walton was the only pitcher left out of Williamstown, as the Silver Knights won 2-0 at the LKC title game at Sue Morris Sports Complex in Glenville.
This season, Walton won 8-2 with an average of 1.04 runs and 107 strikeouts in 53 2-3 innings. He only conceded 16 blows. With an average of .364 bats, Walton stole eight doubles, two three-pointers, 22 runs and nine steals.
Walton was one of five top-pick picks in the LKC. Wahama senior Ethyn Barnitz repeated the catcher after hitting .391 with seven doubles, three-pointers, seven home runs and 30 RBIs. He also took 28 free throws and finished with a .629 base percentage.
The other trio of returning LKC players were inside players: Jayden Helmick of Tyler Consolidated junior, Maxwell Molessa of Williamstown and Tyler Baldwin of Braxton County, .512 average, six doubles, two triples, three steals and 17 RBI . Helmick .424 hit four doubles, four three-pointers, two home runs, 15 runs and 30 steals. Molessa, who helped return to the Yellowjackets A State Championship, hit .418 with 12 doubles, nine three-baggers, one pass and 17 RBIs, 27 of 27 in attempted robberies.
Walton was joined by Bryce Zuspan of Wahama and Brayden Coleman of Williamstown. Zuspan was also a key player in the Waham A Level state championship match. He went 11-1 with a score of 1.80 and scored 80 points in 62 1-3 innings. Coleman was 7-1 with a 2.66 ERA and 57 fans in 47 1-3 innings.
Garrett Cunningham, Ritchie County senior, joined Barnitz as another catcher in the first team. The rebel dealt 38 blows, hitting .403 in a dozen doubles, a triple and two bombs.
Infield’s first team also included a pair of juniors: Quentin Owens of Ritchie County and Caden Hall of Gilmer County. The rebel stole 14 bases, hit 29 and hit .477 with a dozen bi-baggers and four long balls. Hall finished with an average of .507, eight doubles, three three-pointers, six home runs, 27 RBI and 36 stolen bases.
The four first-team picks in the LKC were for the juniors of Wahama and Williamstown’s Harbor Haught (.443 AVG, 4-0-0, 27 RBI, 29 SB) Logan Roach (.409 AVG, 9-6-0, 22 RBI). ) With Roane County Josh Walton and Braxton County Beau Liston seniors (.358 AVG, 7-0-0, 22 RBI, 12 SB).
Evan Swain of Ravenswod, the only first-year student in the first group, was selected for the utility. The Red Devil had a 5-0 shot record in 27 innings with a save and 51 strikeouts. He batted .297 in six doubles and 20 runs.
The five teams had a pair of selections in the second team of the LKC and including Ravenswood, catcher Anthony Anglin and pitcher Beau Bennett. South Harrison had pitcher Josh Thomasch and pitcher Dylan Richards on the pitch. St. Marys were the catcher Josiah DeMoss and Shane Moran on the outside. Williamstown had second-team picks at Carson Hill and Ty Ott. Aod Eddy of Doddridge County was a second-team utility and was honored by fellow Bulldog teammate Colt Sutton.
Also in the second unit were Bryant Yoak of Calhoun County and Andrew Adkins of Clay County, Aaron Henry of Waham and three other outside players of Colton Hall in Gilmer County, Hayden Brown of Tyler Consolidated and Brayden Helmick of Braxton County.
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