Philip Barbour's Justin Kelley heads the list of area players selected to the Class AA All-State team that was released on Wednesday by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Kelley, senior infielder-pitcher was selected to the second team after hitting .430 with 24 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. On the mound he was 5-1 on the season.
Kelley plans on playing baseball next season at Davis & Elkins College.
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MAKING?THE?GRADE?— Philip Barbour’s Justin Kelley was selected to the Class AA All-State second team on Wednesday.
"He's been a very dedicated player the last four seasons," said Philip Barbour coach Stan Fitzwater. "He was an outstanding kid to coach and all of his hard word paid off."
Kelley's teammates, Trevor Mouser and Tyler Rodgers were special honorable mention selections for the Colts.
"Trevor was one of our top outfielders and Tyler's infield play was tremendous," said Fitzwater. "They both stepped up and had great seasons."
Two other area players made the list as Petersburg's Chase Feaster was selected to the second team and Josh O'Dell special honorable mention. Feaster made the team as an outfielder, while O'Dell was selected for his play in the infield.
Herbert Hoover's Patrick Ryan was named captain of the team after hitting .477 with six home runs for the Huskies, who lost to state tournament participant Sissonville in the Region 4, Section 1 title game.
Ryan, who will likely walk on at West Virginia University this fall, also excelled on the mound. He finished the season 7-1 with two saves and a 3.05 earned run average. He nearly averaged two strikeouts per inning, finishing with 114 in 59 innings pitched.
There were five repeat first-team selections this year. The group includes outfielders Tyler Burdette of Sissonville and D.W. Herdman of Point Pleasant, pitcher Kendrick Epling of Independence, infielder Luke Corley of Ravenswood and utilityman Josh Harlow of Lincoln.
Burdette hit. 406 with 12 doubles and drove in 30 runs for the Indians. He also stole 49 bases.
Point Pleasant got a .380 batting average and .549 on-base percentage out of Herdman.
Epling had a senior year to remember for Independence. He was 6-2 with a 1.65 ERA, but among his wins were a perfect game, no-hitter and three one-hitters. He also struck out 94 in 55 innings, while batting .478 with seven homers.
Corley hit a robust .488 for Ravenswood. He scored 34 runs and drove in 20, stole 20 bases and had a .714 slugging percentage.
Harlow did it all - and did it well - for Lincoln. At the plate, he posted an average of .569 with nine homers and 35 RBIs, while stealing 36 bases. On the mound, Harlow was 3-2 with four saves and had 102 strikeouts in only 47 innings pitched.
The other first-team pitchers are Jameson Landers of Sissonville, Grafton's Nick Mayle and Justin Fox of Magnolia. The catcher is Wyoming East's Aaron Pertee, while the infield is rounded out by Jeff Conley of Frankfort and Jeremy Chinn of Wayne.
Caleb Toparis of Chapmanville completes the outfield, while the remaining utility players are Caleb Ballard of James Monroe, Jamie Hurd of Herbert Hoover and Roane County's Josh Jones. Landers was 12-5 with a 2.07 ERA for the Indians, pitching a whopping 104 2-3 innings and striking out 109. Mayle was 12-1 with a 2.86 ERA, while Fox finished 9-1 with five saves and an ERA of 0.73.
Pertee smacked nine home runs and drove in 40 runs while batting .452. Conley hit .405 and had a .545 on-base percentage. Chinn hit .348 and drove in 28 runs, while also winning nine games and tossing a pair of no-hitters as a pitcher.
Toparis hit .408 and legged out eight triples. He also finished with a 1.94 ERA and 88 strikeouts as a pitcher.
Ballard batted .511 with seven doubles and four triples for the Mavericks, who finished runner-up to Braxton County in their first-ever trip to the state tournament. Hurd finished with a .481 batting average and hit five homers, while Jones hit .448 and had 32 RBIs.
Braxton County's Kenton Morlan was named captain of the second team.