HUNTINGTON - Cabell Midland pitcher Caleb Ross did everything he could to get the Cabell Midland Knights to the Class AAA state tournament this season.
Ross finished the year 11-0 on the mound with a 0.36 earned run average while striking out 106 in 58 innings.
Even though it didn't result in Ross' ultimate goal of a trip to Charleston, it did result in the left-handed hurler being named the 2011 Class AAA All-State first-team captain.
Ross led a talented Class AAA first-team that featured several first-team returnees.
Hurricane pitcher Sam Kmiec returned to the first unit after going 8-1 on the year with a 0.61 ERA. He will play at Wake Forest starting this fall.
He and Ross were joined on the pitching staff by Jefferson's Tanner Everton (10-0, 2.41 ERA).
On the infield, Fairmont Senior's Andrew Marra (.439, 4 HR, 22 RBI) and Martinsburg's Zach Stolipher (.482, 8 HR, 62 RBI) returned to the first unit and were joined by Bridgeport's tandem of Justin Lantz (.494, 11 HR, 37 RBI) and Mike Logsdon (.507, 11 HR, 36 RBI).
Elkins' Lance VanNoy was the lone outfielder returning to the first-team. He was joined by Huntington High's Trace Dempsey and Spring Valley's Billy Sager - both of which also threw vital innings for their respective teams when not in the outfield.
The utility positions had three returnees in Brooke's Nick Breen (.447, 2 HR, 26 RBI), North Marion's Maverick Myers (.453, 5 HR, 21 RBI) and Martinsburg's Zach Woolcock (.545, 11 HR, 52 RBI).
Joining that trio at the utility position were Nitro's Korey Dunbar (.531, 10 HR, 36 RBI) and Jefferson's Logan Johnson (.435, 33 RBI, 9-1 as pitcher).
The first-team catcher was Hurricane's Tyler Payne, who led the state with 14 home runs while batting .571 and amassing 47 RBIs.
Given the talent on the first group, Ross was thrilled to be selected as the leader of the group.
On the second team, Fairmont Senior pitcher Jamie Allard was selected as captain of the group.
He was joined on the second-team pitching staff by East Fairmont's Cody Toothman, Martinsburg junior Brandon Cordell and Capital's Thad Carpenter.
Like Allard, infielder David Brown of Logan and utility player Josh Hudson of South Charleston were second-team returnees.
Joining Brown on the infield were Cabell Midland's Trent Porter, Parkersburg's Brett Burns and Lewis County's Logan Moneypenny.
The second-team outfield consisted of Cabell Midland's Colton Ruley, Bridgeport's John Koon and Ripley's Jamin Jones.
Along with Hudson, utility players were Winfield's Tyler Kincaid, Robert C. Byrd's Adam Secret and Jefferson's Trevor Poe.
The second-team catcher was Greenbrier East sophomore Jacob Frantz.