Anglin and Taylor recognized in Class A All-State balloting by WVSWA

Mark Martin

“Two players to get recognition after a tough season is great.”

The speaker was Ravenswood head baseball coach Wes Swain.

The topic was Class A All-State baseball, voted on by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

Cameron Taylor, a junior, and Anthony Anglin, a sophomore, a pair of players from Swain’s 2021 squad, earned Honorable Mention in the selection process.

“Cameron Taylor had to DH (designated hitter) most of the year,” Swain said. “We know it was hard on him but he stepped in and did what he could do and did a great job.

“He has been playing with (American Legion) Post 15 (out of Parkersburg) and we look forward to him being full-go next year.”

Of Anglin, Swain said, “Anthony Anglin is a player that during COVID last year continued to workout and got to the cage and field to get better.

“He has concentrated on his defensive skills and hitting to all fields.”

Swain, a former Class AA First Team All-Stater, feels the honors for the two players will not only help their confidence moving forward but inspire others.

“I’m very happy for both of these players and hope they continue to get better over the year to come.”

The First Team All-State captain was senior Isaac VanMeter of state champion Moorefield, who earned his spot on the dream squad as an infielder.

The rest of the infield consists of Josh Jenkins, a junior from Sherman, Charleston Catholic senior J.W. Armstrong, Man junior Caleb Blevins and Buffalo junior Caleb Nutter.

The pitching staff is made up of Charleston Catholic senior Jacob Huffer, Greenbrier West senior Evan McDade, senior Andrew Hazelwood of James Monroe and Ty Walton of Tyler Consolidated, a sophomore.

The catchers are Wahama junior Ethyn Barnitz and South Harrison senior Tommy Davis.

The outfielders are Chase Hurley, a senior from Man, South Harrison senior Logan Ross and Tyler Consolidated’s Jayden Helmick, a sophomore.

Cy Persinger, a senior from Midland Trail, Hayden Baldwin, a senior from Moorefield, Leewood Molessa, a senior from Williamstown, and Michael Toepfer, a Wheeling Central junior, are the utility players.

Infielder Evan Sayre, a senior infielder from Charleston Catholic, is the Second Team captain.

Maxwell Molessa, a Williamstown freshman, Holden Allen, a junior from Sherman, Pendleton County senior Cameron Kisamore and Nathan Haeberle, a junior from Cameron, round out the infield.

The pitchers are South Harrison’s Josh Thomaschek, Buffalo senior Jakob Smith, Karson Reed, a Moorefield junior and Wahama freshman Bryce Zuspan.

Alex Miller, a senior from East Hardy, and Doddridge County’s Dylan Knight, a senior, are the catchers.

The outfield is made up of Silas McKeever, a senior from Magnolia, Logan Fox, a senior from Summers County, and Wahama sophomore Logan Roach.

Utility players on the Second Team are Isaiah Gardner of Pendleton County, a senior, Christian Fluharty, a junior from Hundred, Brady Ankrom, a Williamstown senior, and Sherman senior Noah Boggs.