RED JACKET — The Herald Dispatch has announce the First Team and Second Team from the All-Cardinal Conference team.
Landing on the First Team from Mingo Central is Ethan Collins. Second Team, was Hunter Lester, Andrew Allen, Kenny Allen, Thomas Harmon, and Devin Poe.
The Miners finished 7-16 during the regular season and lost the first game of the post season to Tolsia in a hard-fought 3-0 loss. Collins was essential to the Miners success this season, he finished the season with a batting average of .438 with three home runs and 19 RBI’s. Those who know Collins best say he is more than just an athlete he was also an exceptional student who finished his senior season with over a 3.5 grade point average.
Collins said, “Getting First Team all Cardinal Conference is something I take a lot of pride in. I love the sport and wanted to give my best for every game. I’m thankful to have so many people who supported me and cheered me on this year.”
Mingo Central Head Coach Jared Lester said, “Ethan was a great kid to be around, he worked hard and played hard every game. He’s the type of player that I think if I would have had four years with him we could have gotten him picked up to play college ball somewhere.”
Andrew Allen made Second Team in his freshman season, coach Lester is excited to have Andrew returning next season. Andrew Allen had the most wins out of the Miners bull pen with a record of 4-4, he played pitcher and short stop for the Miners.
Hunter Lester returns to the All-Conference list for the second year in a row as the Miners leading scorer. Lester scored 27 runs this season in conjunction with being the pinch runner for Ethan Collins. He showcased his speed at every opportunity between the bases and the hard work paid off.
Kenny Allen was a four year player for the Miners and finished his senior season this year with a batting average of .357. Coach Lester said, “Lester didn’t have any home runs for this season but he has had them before. It was his senior season and I believe he tried a little too hard this year, his batting just never picked up like it had in the past.”
Thomas Harmon filled in everywhere for the Miners this season and ended the year with a batting average of .340. Harmon pitched, played infield, and was a great center fielder.
Devin Poe was another four year player for the Miners, he had 14 RBI’s during this season and had a lot of clutch hits in big games. He finished the season with a batting average of .340. Coach Lester said, “It was hard for me to watch Devin this season because his sport was baseball and he had injured his knee in practice mid-season. He could have been bigger this year if he hadn’t of hurt his knee and it was sad because he is one of those kids that just really loves the sport.”
2016 Cardinal Conference Baseball
4. Herbert Hoover
7. Mingo Central
Chapmanville: Chris Bailey, Alex Berry, Jacob Dingess, Noah Dingess, Josh Zigmond.
Wayne: Cayden Ross, Dakota McCloud, Cody Noe, Brad Sharp, Isaiah Thompson.
Sissonville: Josh Landis, Jacob Fisher, Ethan Lauchart, Zach Boggess
Poca: Buba Hill, Brett Watts, Austin Henrich, Carson Cottrill
Hoover: Matt Justice, Chase Stover, Colton Rollyson
Scott: Austin Wheatley, Andrew Prince, Nathan Kuhn
Tolsia: Logan Pressley, Blake Stewart
Mingo Central: Ethan Collins
Chapmanville: Adam Vance, Josh Bazzilla, Tyler Shannon, Ryan Craddock, Conner Mullins.
Wayne: Luke Cassidy, Jeremiah Milum, Cody Stiltner, Zack Perry
Sissonville: Trent Bodnar, Corey Harrison
Poca: Kayden Meeks, Jacob Martin, Chris Bias, Donte Barnett
Hoover: Tanner Purdy, Colin Stover, Aaron Putillion
Scott: Cayden Buckner, Carter Lyles, Adam Epling
Tolsia: Eric Williams
Mingo Central: Hunter Lester, Andrew Allen, Kenny Allen, Thomas Harmon, Devin Poe
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)