‘Jackets sweep LKC awards

Cutright, Smith receive top honors

Photo by Ron Johnston Williamstown senior right-hander Cullen Cutright, who has signed to play for Alderson Broaddus University, went 7-0 with a 1.55 ERA this spring en route to earning Little Kanawha Conference player of the year honors. Cutright was the winning pitcher in Williamstown’s LKC title game victory against Ritchie County, which was the first ‘Jacket conference crown since 2008.

PARKERSBURG — Alderson Broaddus-bound Cullen Cutright helped Williamstown win the Little Kanawha Conference title for the first time since 2008 and he was honored by league coaches as the player of the year.

Cutright finished his senior campaign with a 7-0 record, which included a five-inning complete game victory versus Ritchie County in the LKC finals, to go along with 85 strikeouts in 49 2-3 innings and a 1.55 ERA.

For good measure, the four-year starter owns a win against No. 2 seed Class A state semifinalist Charleston Catholic and also took care of duties in right field. He hit .402 with 10 doubles, two triples and 24 runs-batted-in.

“The thing that jumps out at me, you never heard him talk about stats or anything,” said WHS skipper and LKC coach of the year Terry Smith. “Whenever I said you got to pitch for us he did. He beat Charleston Catholic on three days rest. He never complained about anything.

“He was always positive, hustling and working hard. Anytime we did conditioning or drills, he was always the best at it. He doesn’t say much. He’s one of those guys, definitely not an ‘I’ guy. He’s a team guy. He set the example.”

Cutright was one of four players to earn back-to-back nods on the all-LKC first team. He was joined by Parkersburg Catholic’s Patrick Copen at pitcher along with outfielders Tyler West of Tyler Consolidated and Jacob Oates of Braxton County.

Copen went 4-4 with a 2.51 ERA and had 84 strikeouts in 47 1-3 innings as well as two complete games and a pair of saves. Hitting-wise, the Crusader had a .326 average, 12 doubles, three triples, a homer, 32 RBIs and 16 steals.

West put together quite the campaign with his .567 average, 14 doubles, three bombs and 26 RBIs. Oates went yard three times, batted .433 and knocked in 46.

Joining Cutright and Copen as a pitcher on the first unit was Jack Hadley of St. Marys.

The Blue Devil registered five wins, a 1.41 ERA and fanned 47 in 39 2-3 innings before injuring his shoulder while diving for ball, which limited him to DH duties the rest of the spring.

He also had nine doubles, 29 RBIs and a .385 average.

The other two outfield spots on the first team went to Jake Whiting of Roane County and Williamstown’s Trent Lynch. The Raider hit .420 with 18 steals, three doubles and 17 RBIs. He drew 20 walks for a .548 OBP and went down on strikes just five times. Lynch swiped 19 bags, knocked in 14 and hit .372 with three doubles and a triple.

Five infielders made the first team and that included Williamstown’s Leewood Molessa (.412 AVG, 11 2Bs, 3 HRs, 32 RBIs) and Ritchie County’s Zach Knight (.520 AVG, 14 2Bs, 3 3Bs, HR, 27 RBIs). The ‘Jacket was hit by pitch a team-high eight times, while the Rebel also had 37 stolen bases and a .575 OBP.

Parkersburg Catholic’s Ty Sturm, Roane County’s Danny Bush and Ravenswood Ciah Kennedy were the other infielders on the first team. Sturm, who drew 24 base on balls and had a .560 OBP, finished with a .432 average, 10 doubles, four triples, a homer, 28 runs-batted-in and 19 stolen bases. The Raider Bush, who drew 22 walks and fanned only seven times, had 13 steals and twice as many RBIs while batting .359 with three doubles and a pair of three-baggers. Kennedy, whose 20 walks helped him to a .555 OBP, had a .404 average with five doubles and 27 RBIs.

St. Marys also landed two of the final three spots on the first team in catcher Jacob Hoyt and lone utility pick Eric Illar. Wirt County’s Hunter Hickman, who hit .467 with 19 RBIs and 34 steals, was the other first team catcher. Hoyt mashed to the tune of a .506 average, a baker’s dozen doubles, a quartet of triples and 29 runs-batted-in. The speedy Illar swiped 37 bags, had three triples, 13 RBIs and a .373 average. He also had four wins for skipper Ed Wilson and 57 punchouts in 32 1-3 innings.

The second team all-LKC pitchers included Ritchie County’s Tatem McCloy, Roane County’s Jackson Mace and Doddridge County’s Tanner Lett.

Infielders on the second unit were Trenton Frame and Dalton Rose of Gilmer County, Avery Taylor of Ritchie County, Tyler Consolidated’s Dylan Seckman, Clay County’s Caleb Wynn and Logan Conley of Braxton County.

Four outfielders made the second team — Austin Ebert of St. Marys, Gilmer County’s Bradley McHenry, Wirt County’s Nathan Murray and Clay County’s Logan Vance.

Braxton County’s Kota Knicely was the utility pick and three catchers made the second team in Williamstown’s Ethan Tawney, Ritchie County’s Dylan Taylor and Clay County’s Corey Elswick.

2019 All-Little Kanawha

Conference Baseball Teams

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Cullen Cutright, Williamstown

COACH OF THE YEAR: Terry Smith, Williamstown

FIRST TEAM

*P – Cullen Cutright, Williamstown

*P – Patrick Copen, Parkersburg Catholic

P – Jack Hadley, St. Marys

IF – Leewood Molessa, Williamstown

IF – Zach Knight, Ritchie County

IF – Danny Bush, Roane County

IF – Ty Sturm, Parkersburg Catholic

IF – Ciah Kennedy, Ravenswood

OF – Jake Whiting, Roane County

*OF – Jacob Oates, Braxton County

*OF – Tyler West, Tyler Consolidated

OF – Trent Lynch, Williamstown

C – Hunter Hickman, Wirt County

C – Jacob Hoyt, St. Marys

UTL – Eric Illar, St. Marys

*Denotes repeat all-LKC first team selection

SECOND TEAM

P – Tatem McCloy, Ritchie County

P – Jackson Mace, Roane County

P – Tanner Lett, Doddridge County

IF – Trenton Frame, Gilmer County

IF – Caleb Wynn, Clay County

IF – Dylan Seckman, Tyler Consolidated

IF – Logan Conley, Braxton County

IF – Dalton Rose, Gilmer County

IF – Avery Taylor, Ritchie County

OF – Austin Ebert, St. Marys

OF – Bradley McHenry, Gilmer County

OF – Nathan Murray, Wirt County

OF – Logan Vance, Clay County

C – Corey Elswick, Clay County

C – Dylan Taylor, Ritchie County

C – Ethan Tawney, Williamstown

UTL – Kota Knicely, Braxton County

HONORABLE MENTION

Ravenswood: Cameron Taylor, Ashton Miller, Kenley Hickman, Hayden Swain; St. Marys: Jason Clayton; Braxton County: Ross Knight; Tyler Consolidated: Gage Huffman, Jake Rice, Dylan Seckman; Gilmer County: Justyn Dean, Joey Frame; Clay County: Caleb Wynn, Logan Vance, Andrew Adkins; Calhoun County: Mason Bennett, Kyle Persinger; Doddridge County: Dylan Knight, Michael Childers; Roane County: Colby Kinder, Ben Fox; Ritchie County: Avery Taylor, Eric Darnold; Wirt County: Elijah Boston; Parkersburg Catholic: Peyton Amrine, Jeb Boice

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