West Virginia State Tournament: Class A Preview



By Greg Williams
West Virginia Director of Scouting

A total of 48 teams began regional play last week and 12 remain as the West Virginia state tournament prepares to kick off on Thursday at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston. Today we preview the four teams that will compete for an opportunity to be crowned Class A state champions for 2016.

Preseason Flashback:

We went 4-for-4 on predicting the Class A field, sort of. In Region 2 we called a three team race prior to the season and while we did not predict a clear-cut favorite, Pendleton County was among those in the hunt. We nailed the remaining three regions so we'll give ourselves a .750 batting average with an asterisk. CLICK HERE to view our complete 2016 preseason region previews.

+ CLICK HERE to view complete regional Tournament brackets leading to the state tournament

Class A

Wheeling Central (17-9)

https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/505792565346447360/GgwdV5LG.jpegMired just above the .500 level at the halfway point of the season the Crusaders got hot late and come into the state tournament on a roll. 

Tyler Riedel (1.20 ERA) and Brian Shaw (2.16 ERA) gives Wheeling Central a solid 1-2 punch on the mound. The Crusaders are led offensively by Isaac Rine (.493, 45 runs scored), Brian Campbell (.380, 36 RBI) and Anthony Gentile (.392, 30 RBI).

Pendleton County (25-8)

http://www.pendletoncountyschools.com/pchs/assets/logo-scan.jpgThe Wildcats have won one state title in 2004, but have not returned to the tournament since. The No. 3 ranked team in the most recent WV MetroNews Class A poll survived a rugged Region 2 tournament to advance.

The Wildcats will likely send Tim Hevener to the mound in the semifinals. The senior punched out 15 batters in Pendleton County's regional semifinal win over East Hardy.

Wahama (20-10)

The White Falcons return to Charleston looking to repeat as the Class A champs. Wahama starting pitchers Philip Hoffman (8-4, 0.49 ERA) and Mason Hicks (7-3, 1.87 ERA) tossed shutout baseball in the regional tournament and Wahama has outscored its opponents 41-2 during postseason play.

Hoffman (.521, 34 RBI) has also led the Wahama offense six players hitting over .300 on the season.

Man (12-17)

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/e5/42/a3/e542a3134c673b6a9016bee3f4fd4b12.jpgMan enters the state tournament as one of the hottest teams in the field after a rough start. The 2014 state champs have outscored their opponents 29-2 in the postseason and are playing their best baseball of the season.

Senior lefty Jake Adkins (4-2, 1.34 ERA) pitched a gem in Man's 1-0 win over Greater Beckley Christian in the regional championship and has plenty of state tournament experience to lean on from the past two years.

State Tourney schedule

Friday, June 3 - Appalachian Power Park

Wheeling Central vs. Pendleton County (10:0am)
Wahama vs. Man (1:00pm)

Saturday, June 4 - Appalachian Power Park

Class A Championship Game - 1:00pm

Class AA Semifinals Recap

PikeView topped Wayne 4-0 behind a complete game 3-hitter from Levi Nash and a 3-for-3 performance from Carter Shrewsbury.

Bridgeport needed just five innings to dispose of Braxton County 10-0 with Hunter Haddix going the distance while allowing just three hits. Elijah Drummond and Drew Hefner each drove in three runs to fuel the Indians offense.

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