St. Marys’ Jacob Hoyt, Jack Hadley going to Glenville

Photo by Jay W. Bennett St. Marys’ first-team Class A all-state catcher Jacob Hoyt prepares to hit versus Williamstown last spring.

ST. MARYS — Think of every constant in sports. Certain events are bound to happen, regardless of the year.

For four years running, Jacob Hoyt and Jack Hadley graced the baseball diamond at St. Marys High School.

Now, they’re moving on together and playing ball at Glenville State College.

Their constant presence at SMHS is no more, but they will take memories etched from high school all the way into college.

The two led the team in multiple categories over the years, and the 2019 season was no different.

Photo by Josh Hughes St. Marys shortstop and pitcher Jack Hadley plays defense in a game versus Parkersburg Catholic last spring.

For Hoyt, he captured first-team Class A all-state honors at catcher and had the statline to back up the selection. The multi-talented Blue Devil knocked the cover off baseballs with a .473 batting average and 31 runs-batted-in. Hadley’s senior season was also full of success, as he landed on the second-team all-state list. The hurler flourished at the top of the St. Marys rotation, and it showed with a 1.41 ERA in 39 2-3 innings.

Hadley additionally did damage in the batter’s box with a .385 batting average with 29 RBIs.

The two often had to directly communicate with each other, as they found themselves together in the infield quite frequently. That set them up with both shared and individual successes. Coach Ed Wilson had a lot to say about his former standout players, but it was one word he said that described them to a T.

“Dedication,” Wilson said. “They did a lot of hard work. A lot of kids, you can’t get them to play in the summer. Jack has played ball just about all year. If it wasn’t snowing outside, he’d probably be playing (in the winter). Jacob also played four years and played football, and he took a break from basketball (to prepare for baseball). They both set good examples for the other kids.”

In speaking with both Hoyt and Hadley, they revealed the decision to play ball at Glenville State was a choice made with each other in mind. The connection they forged together carries on to the next level of competition.

“We both went over and toured and talked to (Glenville State coach Jimmy Mullens) then,” Hoyt said of the recruiting process. “We got in contact with him and figured that’s where we wanted to go. It was close to home, and they’ve got nice facilities. That’s how we figured that out.”

Hadley spoke of a similar experience during the visit and explained why GSC was such a good fit.

“We went and talked to the coach, and it actually worked out,” Hadley said. “He was very nice and accommodating, and it’s always been my dream to play for Glenville.”

Both players said they were unsure of their roles with the Pioneers, but they both are excited to help the team and potentially usher in years of winning in Glenville.

“Hopefully, we’re able to help the team have a positive record and be competitive at the college level,” Hadley said.

Being competitive is something these two former Blue Devils have proven to be in the past, and they start a new journey with a clean slate and room to grow in the college ranks.

Contact Josh Hughes at jhughes@newsandsentinel.com