Red Devils’ Andrew Anglin selects Bluefield State College for next baseball journey

RAVENSWOOD — Andrew Anglin always has been a catcher from when he started playing baseball growing up, and now after being a three-year starter behind the plate for Ravenswood High School, he’s headed for Bluefield State College this fall to continue to play the game he loves.

For Anglin, his criteria for choosing NCAA Division II member Bluefield State as the college for him is because “the main thing is I’ve got family down there and also they have the educational program I want to go into,” which is mechanical engineering. “They have a good program in it,” added Anglin about the college that’s as far south in West Virginia as can be — right on the Virginia line.

Born and raised in Ravenswood, Anglin was an important part of the Red Devils’ baseball success the past three seasons. “It was amazing, a lifetime experience,” he said about Ravenswood’s run to the state baseball tournament the last two years, finishing as Class A state runner-up in 2017 and making the four-team tourney field this season.

In his senior year for Ravenswood, a 24-11 campaign, Anglin played in all 35 games, hitting .340 and having a 2-to-1 walk-to-strikeout ratio (26-13). He had five doubles, 15 RBIs and a .484 on-base percentage for the LKC champions of head coach Wes Swain.

As a junior, Anglin had a solid eye with 20 bases on balls and only nine strikeouts, and played in all 34 games with a .272 batting average, .407 on-base percentage, four doubles and drove in 13 tallies for a 23-11 Red Devil squad.

On the 2016 team that went 20-11, sophomore Anglin hit .317 in 17 games with 15 RBIs, walking10 times and striking out only twice.

Anglin cut his teeth during a 14-16 season his freshman year, getting in action for seven games and going 4-for-10 with a double and three RBIs along with drawing two walks.

Catching is what Anglin is all about when it comes to baseball. “I’ve been a catcher since I could walk,” he said with a grin. “I enjoy it and it’s fun. I don’t worry about stats — I just go out there and play. You go out and have fun, the stats will take care of themselves.”

Anglin, who had a 3.2 GPA at Ravenswood, was also considering the engineering program at Fairmont State, “which was pretty good, but didn’t have the family aspect that I wanted,” he said.

Like his Ravenswood teammates playing summer American Legion baseball for Parkersburg Post 15, Anglin touted the atmosphere for Red Devil baseball home games. “The community was amazing,” he related. “Every single game, the stands were filled. You had to bring chairs if you wanted a seat.”

He did play football too at Ravenswood as a freshman and junior. “But I always focused on baseball and got in the weight room every single day,” said Anglin, who made special honorable-mention all-state in baseball as a senior.

Starting already as a sophomore, Anglin said “was a little bit surprising because I wasn’t expecting to start. But when my opportunity came, I made the most of it.”