Region Preview: Class AA - Region I

By Greg Williams
WV Director of Scouting

With the start of the high school season is less than a month away we will be previewing each region in each classification statewide. In addition to a look at the top teams we will also highlight some of the top prospects in each region. Look for our initial Elite Eight team rankings in each classification to appear later this month.

Class AA - Region I

Preseason Favorites

Ravenswood (26-9) / East Fairmont (14-7)

Ravenswood appears to be the favorite following a banner season that fell short of a region championship when the Red Devils fell to perennial state tournament participant Fairmont Senior. This could very well be the year that a new team advances out of Region I and although Ravenswood lost some offensive fire power to graduation they return enough talent to get the early season nod. If East Fairmont can find enough pitching to support Preseason Player of the Year Jacob Bolander, the Bees could also find themselves on a bus to Charleston in June.

Preseason Player of the Year

Jacob Bolander, RHP/3B, East Fairmont HS (Class of 2016)

Bolander was named Co-MVP of the Black Team following his five innings of work at the WV Top Prospect Games in August. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound righty sat 81-83 from a high 3/4 arm slot giving up just one run on two hits while striking out four. Bolander also commanded a 71 mph curveball with tight 11/5 rotation and a 70 mph changeup thrown at fastball arm speed. The junior has sound, repeatable mechanics and a frame that projects for velocity gains in the coming years.

Top Prospects

Braxton County

* The Eagles look to build on a section championship and a 12-2 loss to Fairmont Senior in the Regional semifinals last year.

East Fairmont

    Bowlander            Lambert               

Jacob Bolander, RHP/3B (Class of 2016, ranked No. 9 in class)
Tanner Lambert, C/3B (Class of 2016, ranked No. 38 in class)

Fairmont Senior

        Riley                   Hall

Jayce Riley, SS/RHP (Class of 2015, ranked No. 48 in class)
Angelo Hall, C/RHP (Class of 2016)

North Marion

       Jolliffe            McCullough

Ryan Jolliffe, OF (Class of 2015, ranked No. 39 in class)
Keegun McCullough, 3B/RHP (Class of 2015)

Oak Glen

Zac Porter, LHP/OF (Class of 2016)
Alec Swiger, OF (Class of 2016)
Alex Sherman, SS/RHP (Class of 2016)


        Crow                 Jarrett    

Isaac Crow, RHP/3B (Class of 2015, ranked No. 47 in class)
Ben Johnson, OF (Class of 2015)
Thomas Sturm, OF/RHP (Class of 2015)
Logan Jarrett, 1B/2B (Class of 2016, ranked No. 32 in class)

Ritchie County

Michael Reed,  LHP/OF (Class of 2015)

Roane County

    Kucherawy             Riley                 Kendall

Eli Kucherawy, RHP/SS (Class of 2015)
Joe Riley, RHP/2B (Class of 2015)
Ryan Kendall, RHP/1B (Class of 2016)
Drew Kinder, OF (Class of 2017)
Stan Kinder, RHP/1B (Class of 2017)
Hunter Thompson, C/RHP (Class of 2017)


William Larch, OF/RHP (Class of 2015)
Michael Curtis, C/RHP/1B (Class of 2016)
Jacob Rosnick, SS/RHP/2B (Class of 2017)
Donavan Spencer, OF (Class of 2017)
Cody Enrietti, 3B/1B (Class of 2017)

Webster County

Evan Wayne, RHP/SS/OF (Class of 2015)
Martin Anderson, LHP/1B/OF (Class of 2015)  
Tyler Miller, C (Class of 2016)

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