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PARKERSBURG — It’s been a memorable season for head coach Rob Jones’ Tyler Consolidated baseball team.
Not only did the Silver Knights earn a school-record 23 wins, but Coach Jones also saw his team claim the first Little Kanawha Conference championship in TCHS history.
Leading that charge was junior southpaw Ty Walton, who was honored by league coaches as the LKC Player of the Year.
“Ty has worked extremely hard to get to the point where he is. He’s the first LKC Player of the Year in school history and it was also the first tag team conference title in school history. ‘school. said Jones, who was named LKC Coach of the Year.
“Ty is the kind of player who shows up before anyone else at an early Saturday practice and goes through his entire routine with his wraps, weighted balls, stretches and preps his arm and body. His leadership for the Knights baseball program has been key to our success.
Walton was the only pitcher to shut out Williamstown, in the Silver Knights’ 2-0 triumph in the LKC title game at the Sue Morris Sports Complex in Glenville.
On the season, Walton went 8-2 with a 1.04 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 53 2-3 innings of work. He allowed just 16 hits. Along with a .364 batting average, Walton also had eight doubles, two triples, 22 runs scored, and nine stolen bases.
Walton was one of five repeat selections to the all-LKC top unit. Wahama senior Ethyn Barnitz repeated at catcher after hitting .391 with seven doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 30 RBIs. He also drew 28 free passes and finished with a .629 on-base percentage.
The other trio of returning LKC players were infielders – Jayden Helmick, junior of Tyler Consolidated, Maxwell Molessa of Williamstown and Tyler Baldwin, senior of Braxton County, who had an average of .512, six doubles, two triples, three interceptions and 17 RBIs. Helmick hit .424 with four doubles, four triples, two home runs, 15 RBIs and 30 steals. Molessa, who helped lead the Yellowjackets back to the Class A state tournament, hit .418 with 12 doubles, nine three-sacks, one home run and 17 RBI while making 27 of 27 steal attempts.
Joining Walton at first-team pitcher were Wahama sophomore Bryce Zuspan and Williamstown junior Brayden Coleman. Zuspan was also a key cog in Wahama’s run to the Class A state championship game. He went 11-1 with a 1.80 ERA and hit 80 in 62 1-3 innings. Coleman was 7-1 with a 2.66 ERA and whipped 57 in 47 1-3 innings.
Joined Barnitz as another first-team receiver Garrett Cunningham, a Ritchie County senior. The Rebel hit 38 while hitting .403 with a dozen doubles, a triple and two bombs.
Two juniors were also on the first infield team – Quentin Owens of Ritchie County and Caden Hall of Gilmer County. The Rebel stole 14 bases, hit 29 and hit .477 with a dozen two-ball and four long balls. Hall finished with a .507 average, eight doubles, three triples, six home runs, 27 RBIs and 36 stolen bases.
All four LKC first-team outfield selections went to juniors Logan Roach (.409 AVG, 9-6-0, 22 RBIs) from Wahama and Williamstown’s Harbor Haught (.443 AVG, 4-0-0, 27 RBIs, 29 SBs) with seniors Josh Walton of Roane County and Beau Liston of Braxton County (.358 AVG, 7-0-0, 22 RBIs, 12 SBs).
Evan Swain of Ravenswood, the only first-team freshman, was selected at utility. The Red Devil was 5-0 in pitching with one save and 51 strikeouts in 27 innings. He hit .297 with six doubles and 20 RBIs.
Five teams each had a pair of all-LKC second-team selections and that included Ravenswood, who landed Anthony Anglin at receiver and Beau Bennett at infield. South Harrison had pitcher Josh Thomaschek and infielder Dylan Richards. St. Marys was represented by catcher Josiah DeMoss and outfielder Shane Moran. Williamstown had second-team selections with Carson Hill in the outfield and Ty Ott in the infield. Doddridge County’s Aiden Eddy was the team’s second utility and Bulldog teammate Colt Sutton was honored in the infield.
Also on the second unit are pitchers Bryant Yoak of Calhoun County and Andrew Adkins of Clay County, infielder Aaron Henry of Wahama as well as three other outfielders from Colton Hall of Gilmer County, Hayden Brown of Tyler Consolidated and Brayden Helmick of Braxton County.
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