4 LKC baseball players earn all-state
PARKERSBURG -The Little Kanawha Conference placed four players on the Class A all-state baseball team as selected by members of the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
St. Marys, a Class A semifinalist, was represented by two players as senior Jarrod Lough was selected for an outfield post and versatile Robbie Harper was picked for a utility position.
They were joined on the first team by Gilmer County senior outfielder Nathan Allison -one of several standouts on a Titan team that qualified for the state tournament -and by Parkersburg Catholic senior Jake Ullman, who was selected as an infielder.
Lough was one of the Mid-Ohio Valley’s top hitters, carrying a .513 batting average to go with five home runs, 11 doubles and 33 RBIs.
At the plate, Harper batted .418 with 17 RBIs. His pitching statistics were even more impresive as he was credited with seven wins, and held opponents to 0.98 earned runs per game while averaging nearly two strikeouts per inning.
Allison was Gilmer County’s top hitter with a .473 batting average. He also contributed a pair of home runs, 29 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.
Ullman had a standout season for regional finalist Parkersburg Catholic, batting .473 with 27 RBIs and 14 steals.
Heading a half-dozen Mid-Ohio Valley players named to the second team was St. Marys senior catcher Johnny Riggs, who was named the second team captain. Riggs batted .432, led the area in home runs with seven and drove in 35 runs. He also was a standout defender behind the plate, where he made handling one of the state’s top pitching staffs look easy.
Also representing the Blue Devils on the second team was senior Matthew Houser, selected as a utility player. Houser compiled a .415 batting average including four home runs and 37 RBIs.
Gilmer County also was represented on the second team by senior pitcher Adam Beall, who has an ERA of 1.10 and recorded 58 strikeouts in 44 2-3 innings pitched. He recorded four wins, often drawing the toughest assignments for the Titans.
Beall wasn’t the only Mid-Ohio Valley player selected to the three-man pitching staff as he was joined by Wahama senior Hunter Bradley, who allowed less than half-a-run a game while recording more than a strikeout per inning.
A pair of Little Kanawha Conference players were selected to the second team outfield.
Williamstown senior Jake Tracewell hit .442 and had 24 RBI, 11 doubles and 24 stolen bases for the Yellowjackets.
Joining Tracewell in the outfield was senior Logan Moore of Calhoun County, who carried a .441 average and a 1.91 earned run average for the Red Devils.