PARKERSBURG -Baseball has been, er, Berry, Berry good to Parkersburg South senior Tyler Berry.
So good that on Monday he signed a letter-of-intent to continue his baseball career at Glenville State College.
It might surprise some that the 6-foot-7 Berry - who also was a standout for the Patriots basketball team - chose baseball for his future sport. But Berry said it was an easy decision.
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Parkersburg South's Tyler Berry delivers a pitch during a 2013 game against Brighton, NY. Berry has signed a letter of intent to play baseball with Glenville State
"Baseball is my favorite sport,'' said Berry, who pitches and plays center field for the Patriots, who advanced to the state semifinals last year and will enter sectional play next week. "It is the sport I grew up playing. I don't think there is a position I haven't played.''
Berry considers himself blessed to be part of two strong programs at Parkersburg South. He and his basketball teammates made two straight trips to the state basketball tournament and he was part of the baseball team that went to the Final Four.
"A lot of kids never get to experience that,'' Berry said.
The son of Clif and Susan Berry has experienced a great deal both athletically and academically.
Athletically, he was selected to the Under Armour National Team.
Academically, he is an honor student.
In the future, he hopes to combine those two into being both an educator and a coach.
In fact, he said, he wouldn't mind succeeding Matt Null as the head baseball coach at Parkersburg South.
Null will miss Berry, both his talent and his leadership.
"Tyler is a special athlete,'' Null said. "He's a leader in the classroom and on the baseball diamond. He exemplifies the term student-athlete. He is a role model to the younger kids. He's a multiple-sport athlete but baseball is his first love.''
Null, a standout player at South and Ohio Valley University, believes Berry is a good fit for Glenville.
"Tyler is a versatile,'' he said. "He's played center field and pitched for us but he could be a corner man if they needed him.''
Null has immensely enjoyed coaching Berry.
"Tyler has the unique ability that when he speaks the other kids listen,'' Null said.
In other words, baseball has been Berry, Berry good to Tyler Berry because he has been Berry, Berry good to the sport.