CHARLESTON - Five members of Coach Wes Swain’s Class A State Runner-Up Baseball Team have been named to 2017 Class A All-State honors by members of the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Junior Chase Swain (captain) and senior Nathan Curtis were selected to the Class A All-State First Team, while junior Blake Bennett was named to the Class A All-State Second Team. Senior Nic Taylor was named to the Class A All-State Special Honorable Mention List, while junior Lakin Tucker was named to the Class A All-State Honorable Mention List.
Swain, now a two-time All-State First Team selection (Class AA as a sophomore in 2016) was named captain of the Class A All-State First Team as a pitcher. Swain ended the 2017 season with a 5-1 mound record with 86 strikeouts in 58 innings. Swain hit .494 with six homer runs, one triple, 11 doubles and 45 RBIs.
For Nathan Curtis, the Red Devil ace was named to the All-State First Team as a outfielder, although much of his final season was played at third base or on the mound, where he had a 8-1 record with 77 strikeouts in 49 innings of work. Cutis hit .413 with a pair of homers, two triples, 10 doubles, 35 RBIs and 33 runs scored.
Blake Bennett held down second base for the Red Devils and was named to the All-State Second Team as a Utility pick. In addition to his solid defense, Bennett hit .367 with two homers, a pair of triples, 11 doubles, 29 RBIs, 47 runs scored and 14 steals.
Nic Taylor, named to the All-State Special Honorable Mention List, was just that in his final season as a Red Devil. Taylor was a versatile cog in the Red Devil machine, playing outfield, shortstop, third base and pitching. He hit .354 with a triple, seven doubles (including the game winner in the state semifinal win for Tygarts Valley), 22 RBIs, 44 runs scored and 15 steals. Not he mound, Taylor was 4-5 with a 1.878 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 44 innings.
Junior Lakin Tucker, named to the All-State Honorable Mention List, was a key offensive cog for the Devils in their postseason run to the title game. Tucker hit .327 for the season with 30 RBIs, two doubles and 24 runs scored. He played in left field, at third base and pitched, going 4-3 with 38 strikeouts through 34 innings.