2017-06-21 / Sports

The Morgan Messenger & The Hancock News All Area Baseball Team

by Jamie Harris
& Bill Sterner

Brandon Keenan and Michael Hovermale named Pitchers of the Year Tobin Whittington named Player of the Year

Last fall the sports writers from The Morgan Messenger and Hancock News partnered with the athletic directors and head coaches from Berkeley Springs High School, Hancock High School and Paw Paw High School to select an All Area Team for the fall, winter and spring varsity sports that the teams compete in. With each all area team there will be a player of the year for both the male and female athletes selected by a committee panel.

For the all area baseball team there were 13 members selected to represent the three schools that field varsity baseball programs.

This spring the Berkeley Springs Indians went undefeated in head-to-head games with both the Paw Paw Pirates and the Hancock Panthers. On April 18 the Indians defeated Paw Paw 18-0 in the opening game of the Ron Clatterbuck Invitational. On May 3 the Indians defeated Hancock 7-5.

Berkeley Springs leads the way on the All Area Baseball Team with seven selections to the team. The Tribe was represented by one senior, four juniors and two sophomores. The lone senior for Berkeley Springs is Brandon Keenan (.178 batting average, with 8 hits, 2 doubles, 7 runs, and 8 RBIs). The juniors are represented by Andrew Butts (.340 batting average, 34 hits, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 21 runs, and 23 RBIs), Justin Stone (.331 batting average, 33 hits, 10 doubles, 11 runs, and 12 RBI’s), Tobin Whittington (.314 batting average, 32 hits, 4 doubles, 2 homeruns, 23 runs, and 22 RBIs), and Michael Hovermale (.307 batting average, 27 hits, 5 doubles, 14 runs, and 15 RBI’s). Representing the sophomores are Anthony Clark (.348 batting average, 31 hits, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 23 runs, and 15 RBI’s) and Colby Farris (.176 batting average, 17 hits, 4 doubles, 5 runs and 14 RBIs).

Representing the Hancock Panthers are Cam Castle and Jimmy Robinson. Castle batted a team high .510 with 3 home runs and 21 RBIs. Robinson had a .359 batting average with 11 RBIs and an On Base Percentage (OBP) of .519.

Paw Paw High School is represented by four players. Junior Landon Ridgeway (.508 batting average, OBP .661, 40 stolen bases, and 6 doubles), Zack Harrold (.500 batting average, OBP .625, 31 stolen bases, 1 home run, 5 doubles and 2 triples), Ernie Swartz (.480 batting average, OBP .645, 20 stolen bases, and 2 doubles) and Austin Bullett (.582 batting average, OBP .890, 5 doubles and 30 stolen bases).

The Morgan Messenger & Hancock News All Area Baseball Team Pitchers of the Year are Keenan and Hovermale from Berkeley Springs.

Keenan showed his senior leadership during the Tribe’s run to the regional championship game on the mound and in the dugout and was cold as ice on the mound when the Indians hosted Weir in game two of the regional championship series. Keenan’s pitching and the Indians reenergized bats gave the Tribe a huge 7-3 must win. Keenan went 6-3 with a save while pitching in 51.1 innings for the Indians this season. Keenan had a 3.51 ERA while allowing opposing teams to bat only .241 against him while striking out 36 batters.

Hovermale was equally impressive supporting a 6-3 record on the season. Hovermale had a 3.56 ERA while allowing opposing teams to only bat .275 against him. In 41.1 innings pitching Hovermale allowed on 21 earned runs while striking out 22 batters.

Both Hovermale and Keenan were instrumental in the Indians appearance in the regional championship game as they both accounted for 12 of the Indians 16 wins this season.

The Morgan Messenger & Hancock News All Area Baseball Team Player of the Year is Whittington from Berkeley Springs.

Whittington was recently named to the WV Class AA All State second team for his offense (.314 batting average, 32 hits, 4 doubles, 2 homeruns, 23 runs and 22 RBIs) and defensive efforts in centerfield. It seemed game after game Whittington was tracking balls down in the outfield and making either diving or sliding catches for outs.

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