PARKERSBURG – It was a memorable season for head coach Rob Jones’ Tyler Consolidated baseball team.
The Silver Knights not only amassed a school record of 23 wins, but Coach Jones also saw his team win the first Little Kanawha Conference Championship in TCHS history.
At the helm of this position was youth left-hander Ty Walton, who was honored by league coaches as the LKC Player of the Year.
“Ty has worked very hard to get to the point where he is. He is the first LKC player of the year in school history and this was also the first team conference title in the history of the school. school “. stated Jones, who was named LKC Coach of the Year.
“Ty is the kind of player who shows up ahead of everyone else in an early Saturday workout and does his whole routine with his bands, weighted balls, stretching and preparing his arm and body to start. His leadership for the Knights baseball program has been key to our success. “
Walton was the only pitcher to leave out Williamstown, who arrived during the Silver Knights’ 2-0 win in the LKC title game at the Sue Morris Sports Complex in Glenville.
During the season, Walton was 8-2 with an average of 1.04 career wins and 107 strikeouts in 53 innings of 2-3 work. He only allowed 16 hits. Along with a .364 batting average, Walton also had eight doubles, two triples, 22 batted runs and nine stolen bases.
Walton was one of five repeat picks in the top LKC unit. Wahama senior Ethyn Barnitz repeated as a receiver after batting .391 with seven doubles, one triple, seven homers and 30 RBIs. He also took 28 free throws and finished with a base percentage of .629.
The other trio of returning LKC players were field players: Jayden Helmick, junior of Tyler Consolidated, Maxwell Molessa, sophomore of Williamstown, and Tyler Baldwin, senior of Braxton County, who averaged .512, six doubles , two triples, three steals and 17 RBIs. Helmick batted .424 with four doubles, four triples, two homers, 15 RBIs and 30 steals. Molessa, who helped lead the Yellowjackets back in the Class A state tournament, hit .418 with 12 doubles, nine three-sacks, one back-and-forth and 17 RBIs, while making 27 of 27 attempts. of robbers.
Walton was joined by first-team pitcher Wahama sophomore Bryce Zuspan and Williamstown junior Brayden Coleman. Zuspan was also a key player in Wahama’s career in the Class A State Championship game. He was 11-1 with a 1.80 ERA and scored 80 in 62 1-3 innings. Coleman was 7-1 with a 2.66 ERA and won 57 in 47 innings of 1-3.
Garrett Cunningham, a senior in Ritchie County, joined Barnitz as the other first-team receiver. The Rebel hit 38 while hitting .403 with a dozen doubles, a triple and two bombs.
A pair of youths also made up the first team on the inside field: Quentin Owens of Ritchie County and Caden Hall of Gilmer County. The Rebel stole 14 bases, hit 29 and batted .477 with a dozen two-sacks and four long balls. Hall finished with a .507 average, eight doubles, three triples, six homers, 27 RBIs and 36 stolen bases.
The four LKC first team field picks were for juniors Logan Roach (.409 AVG, 9-6-0, 22 driven) from Wahama and Harbor Haught from Williamstown (.443 AVG, 4-0-0, 27 driven, 29 driven). ) along with seniors Josh Walton of Roane County and Beau Liston of Braxton County (.358 AVG, 7-0-0, 22 driven, 12 SB).
Evan Swain of Ravenswood, the only freshman in the first team, was selected for the utility. The Red Devil had a 5-0 pitching record with a save and 51 strikeouts in 27 innings. He batted .297 with six doubles and 20 runs.
Five squads had a couple of selections each on the LKC second team and that included Ravenswood, who got Anthony Anglin on the receiver and Beau Bennett on the inside field. South Harrison had pitcher Josh Thomaschek and fielder Dylan Richards. St. Marys was represented by receiver Josiah DeMoss and gardener Shane Moran. Williamstown had second-team picks with Carson Hill on the outside and Ty Ott on the inside. Aiden Eddy of Doddridge County was the second utility team and Bulldog teammate Colt Sutton was honored inside the field.
The second unit also included pitchers Bryant Yoak of Calhoun County and Andrew Adkins of Clay County, fielder Aaron Henry of Wahama, as well as three other gardeners at Colmer Hall in Gilmer County, Hayden Brown of Tyler Consolidated and Brayden Helmick of Braxton County.
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