Ravenswood baseball team was young in 2021 and looks to grow
Wes Swain said it best when discussing the 2021 campaign of Ravenswood High School baseball, “It was the tale of two seasons.”
His latest edition of Red Devils had an incredibly rough beginning but did pick up some momentum as things moved along.
“We started out with a very young team and had a rough start at 1-13. We finished the year 6-6 with a couple of games in sectionals that could have gone either way," said Swain, a former First Team All-Stater for the program.
The Devils fell twice to Wahama in the postseason,11-10, and then a walk-off 3-2 game, ending the year with a record of 7-18.
Like all teams across West Virginia, Ravenswood was playing for the first time in two years since the 2020 season was wiped out due to COVID-19.
“Whether a season was cancelled with COVID or not, we knew we were going to be young and have to play many different kids to get experience,” Swain said. “I felt that as the year went on we had players step up and mature beyond their ages.
“Early in the year we had a ton of strikeouts offensively and (our) pitchers struggled to throw strikes. This got better as time went on and we still have a ways to go.”
Logan Alfred had Ravenswood’s top batting average, finishing at .423. The freshman hit two doubles and drove home four runs during the season.
Cameron Taylor, a junior, finished at .373. Taylor drove home 12 runs in 2021 while scoring 31 times. He had a home run, three doubles and two triples.
Junior Ashton Miller plated 23 Devil runners this season while hitting .328. Miller had a home run, two triples and a double.
Anthony Anglin, a sophomore, hit at a .324 clip with 16 runs batted in. He collected two doubles on the year.
Senior Ben Queen hit .289. He scored 20 runs and drove home 16. In the extra-base hit department Queen had a pair of doubles.
Freshman Garrett Ray hit .286 and scored 14 runs.
Junior Blake Ball drove home 19 runs, banged out two doubles for the Devils while ending with a .250 average.
Others contributing offensively were: senior Dalton Moore (8 RBI), sophomore Drew Hunt (8 RBI, a double and triple), sophomore Justin Smith (9 runs, 1 RBI), freshman Beau Bennett (4 RBI), junior Dawson Coberly (7 runs, 2 hits), sophomore Logan Mosser (1 hit), freshman Peyton Wolfe (2 RBI) and sophomore Nick Milhoan (1 RBI).
Miller pitched 29.1 innings for the Devils with 24 strikeouts. He finished with a 5.96 ERA.
Alfred had a 3.20 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 28.1 innings of work.
Wolfe pitched 27.2 innings with 20 strikeouts.
Bennett was on the mound for 18.2 innings. He sent down 16 batters during the season.
Hunt worked 16.2 innings, striking out 14 along the way.
Smith had 10 strikeouts in 14.2 innings on the hill.
Ball pitched 5.1 innings with three strikeouts and Ray went 4.1 with three strikeouts.
“Most of the players lacked reps on the diamond and playing teams around the state it looked as if the game of baseball is down some in talent level,” Swain said.
“It is our job as coaches to help get it caught back up to speed. All in all, I felt the progression was good with this team.”