Normally at this time of year, most Kanawha Valley baseball teams would have already played about a dozen games and some of them might even be spending spring break week at the Mingo Bay Classic in and around Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Now that Jake Carr has moved on to the baseball program at West Virginia, the role of being the ace pitcher for two-time state champion St. Albans has fallen to Ayden Hodges. And he’s ready for it.
HURRICANE – Five days after Hurricane softball players Harlie Vannatter and Lindsey Phares signed to play at the Division I level (Bowling Green and Wisconsin-Green Bay, respectively), four more Redskins inked their names and made their collegiate futures official as well.
David Sneed will be recommended to the Kanawha County School Board as the new Nitro High School baseball coach, though as far as Sneed and the Wildcats’ baseball program are concerned, there’s nothing new about it.
Three of the state’s brightest baseball stars used the grandest of stages in West Virginia to demonstrate why they are Class AAA All-Staters as well as future NCAA Division I players.
It wasn’t enough for Jake Carr and Chase Delauter to simply lead their teams to superb seasons. What they did along the way was try to alter the balance of power in their respective regions of the state.
When the 2019 baseball season opened up, the question running rampant around the state of West Virginia was, is there a Class AA team that can dethrone five-time defending state champion Bridgeport?
Over the last three seasons, St. Albans and Hurricane have established themselves as the state’s preeminent powers in Class AAA baseball, and that might not change next year, either.
St. Albans junior pitcher Ayden Hodges had a simple message for his team in the middle of Sunday’s Class AAA championship battle with Hurricane.
Moorefield didn’t exactly follow the typical script, but the story still had a happy ending for the Yellow Jackets.
Bridgeport’s focus on the little things paid big dividends Saturday night as the Indians topped Frankfort 5-2 at Appalachian Power Park to claim their sixth consecutive Class AA baseball state championship.
Baseball and softball purists can go fly a kite. And with the weather we’ve seen around here the last couple of weeks, they can tie a key to the string of that kite, dress up like Benjamin Franklin and be right at home.
Jake Carr didn’t have his “A” game on Saturday, probably not even his “B” game. But he had more than enough to get the job done, and get St. Albans back into the title game.
It wasn’t the classic kind of game their programs have been known to play at the state baseball tournament, but Charleston Catholic will take it just the same.
Hurricane only managed to get a baserunner in one inning of Friday’s Class AAA state baseball semifinal against Hedgesville.
Frankfort’s Chandler Rhodes hit a routine fly ball to the Scott outfield that was misplayed in the eighth inning to give the Falcons a 3-2 win over the Skyhawks in eight innings Friday night at Appalachian Power Park and send Frankfort to Saturday’s Class AA championship game against Bridgeport.
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