Magnolia’s Elliott named captain
NEW MARTINSVILLE -Another Class A boys all-state team, another Magnolia athlete selected as its captain.
Blue Eagle senior Kyle Elliott, who heads the all-state baseball team announced today by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association, completes what amounts to a Magnolia trifecta of the small school division’s major sports.
Elliott – a Class AA all-stater last year – joins classmates Stephen Rogalski, who was selected as the captain of the Class A all-state football team, and Mark Winters, who was the captain of the basketball squad.
Elliott, who was 8-1 with five saves and an ERA of 0.89 as a pitcher and hit .437 with five home runs and 42 RBI at the plate, led the Blue Eagles to the Class A state championship game, where they dropped a 9-8 decision to Charleston Catholic.
He is one of three Magnolia players selected to the first team and one of six Mid-Ohio Valley players on the first team roster.
Joining Elliott, who was selected for a utility position due to his versatility, are his Magnolia senior teammates, infielder Ryan Walton and outfielder Chandler Sapp, as well as three players from the Little Kanawha Conference -Parkersburg Catholic senior outfielder Mitch Davis, St. Marys junior outfielder Jarrod Lough and Gilmer County senior pitcher Karl Bennington.
Walton is a two-time all-state selection, also being honored in Class AA a year ago. He batted .432 for coach Dave Cisar’s Blue Eagles, scoring 58 runs.
Sapp was the Blue Eagles’ top hitter, carrying a lofty .532 batting average and driving in 40 runs.
Davis is a two-time all-state selection for Parkersburg Catholic coach Tom Harvey’s Crusaders, who advanced to the regional finals before losing to eventual state champion Charleston Catholic. Davis, who plans to continue his baseball career at West Virginia University Tech, put up some big numbers, including a .505 batting average, six home runs and 32 RBI.
Bennington also is a repeat first team selection. He led Mid-Ohio Valley pitchers in victories with nine and in strikeouts with 113 for coach Joe Frashure’s Titans.
Lough earned his first all-state selection after topping Mid-Ohio Valley hitters with a .526 batting average. He also led the area in runs batted in with 53 and was second in home runs with seven for coach Ed Wilson’s Blue Devils. Sapp, Davis and Lough give the Mid-Ohio Valley the entire all-state outfield.
Two members of the Class A champion Fighting Irish were also selected in Keifer Hovorka and Rocco Wilcox, both repeat first-teamers, while CCHS pitcher Andy Hoyer was named the captain of the second team.
Hovorka was 8-4 on the mound with a 1.99 ERA in 70 innings and hit .358 with 40 runs scored. Wilcox hit .411 with 63 runs scored, and drew 48 walks. On the hill, he went 4-1 with a 3.02 ERA.
Both players were selected at utility spots along with Valley-Fayette’s Arik McGinnis, another of the eight repeat first-teamers.
Joining Bennington on the pitching staff are Notre Dame’s T.J. McKinsey (4-1, 1.26 ERA), and Bishop Donahue junior Hunter Kaschke (5-2, 1.6 ERA).
The catcher is Clay-Battelle’s Kurt Latocha (.555 batting average, 9 doubles, 21 RBI), while the infield is made up of Notre Dame’s Chris Petrucci (.413, 20 RBI), another repeat first teamer, East Hardy’s Korey Foltz (.446, 37 RBI), who moves up from second team, and Sherman junior John Hunter (.538, 5 home runs, 9 triples, 35 RBI, 41 stolen bases).
Four Little Kanawha Conference players earned second team honors. They are junior infielder Jake Ullman of Parkersburg Catholic, senior infielder Eli Gray of Williamstown, senior outfielder Luke Moore of Calhoun County and sophomore Mike Stout of St. Marys, selected for a utility position.
Wheeling sports writer Jim Elliott also contributed to this story