What is an all-star or all-conference baseball team?
Obviously, the ideal situation is where it's supposed to represent the best of the best.
It's supposed to honor those players who stood out against the rest of their respective competition.
Of course, when it comes to Major League Baseball things are a little bit different since the fans are allowed to vote.
In fact, fans of MLB can vote at least 25 times and up to 35 times by using a one-time bonus of 10 additional voting entries via the online ballot. That is as long as the person voting is logged into their MLB.com account when they submit any online ballot.
I remember when I was younger and before the online opportunity to vote came about, one of the coolest things was being in a big league park and getting the chance to punch the MLB All-Star ballot and put holes in the slots for your favorite players or guys you hoped to see in the Midsummer Classic that year.
Although I'm not going to argue one way or the other as far as any person having the chance to vote nearly three dozen times, I'm going to take a stand on this year's all-Little Kanawha Conference baseball team.
Yes, there are 14 teams which comprise the LKC. However, I'm not sure there should be more than 100 slots for players to be honored.
It just doesn't seem right.
If, on average, each team is having seven players recognized how exactly does that represent the best the LKC has to offer?
Nonetheless, there were plenty of talented baseball players in the LKC this season.
Everyone at the office totally agreed with the selection of St. Marys skipper Ed Wilson being named the LKC Coach of the Year. Wilson had an unbelievable squad of players and a pitching staff second to none, but just came up short when the bats went cold in the Class A state semifinals against a tough Man program .
While LKC champion St. Marys had the best team in the conference, the LKC Player of the Year also was pretty much a no-brainer in my opinion.
Ravenswood High School shortstop Devon Crews was a key cog in the Red Devils' 26-9 season that ended in a regional final loss to Fairmont Senior.
Joining Crews on the first team infield were Jake Ullman of Parkersburg Catholic, St. Marys' Matt Houser, Gilmer County's Luke Beall and Clay County's Dalton Holcomb.
The catching spots went to Crusader Jake Boice and Blue Devil Johnny Riggs, while the pitchers consisted of St. Marys' Robbie Harper, Ravenswood's Jesse Brown and Gilmer County's Austin Cunningham.
Ritchie County's Dylan Frye, Jarrod Lough of St. Marys, Gilmer County's Nathan Allison and Clay County's Chris Cole nabbed first team outfield honors.
Eli Kucherawy of Roane County and Ravenswood's Heath Burgess finished off the first unit as utility selections.
The full all-LKC squad is on today's scoreboard page.
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