‘Jackets sweep LKC awards
Cutright, Smith receive top honors
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
*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
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
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