Wheeling Park’s Trevor Thomas Earns Class AAA First Team All-State Baseball Selection

Patriots’ Shia, JM catcher McCool are second team

Photo by Kyle Lutz Wheeling Park’s Trevor Thomas fields a bouncer during Saturday’s West Virginia Class AAA Region One Section One title game against John Marshall.

It’s been quite a ride for the 12 seniors on the Wheeling Park baseball team.

They’ve been a part of three teams to reach the state tournament and made an appearance in the 2018 state championship.

The Patriots made another remarkable run at it this year led by senior Trevor Thomas.

The shortstop known as “Tubes” batted .386 with 34 hits, 10 doubles, 20 RBI and 27 runs.

He accumulated an on-base percentage of .472 and turned in four saves in relief.

Those numbers combined with his leadership has earned him first team all-state in Class AAA for the second consecutive year, as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

His senior teammate and middle infield partner, Jacob Shia, picked up second-team honors.

Together, the duo of Shia and Thomas turned 14 doubles plays this year.

Shia supplied a .375 average with 31 hits, eight doubles, 32 runs and 21 walks at the leadoff spot with an on-base percentage of .528.

There weren’t many catchers in the state that had a better season than John Marshall’s Chas McCool.

Along with being a defensive weapon behind the dish for coach Mark Cisar, he hit at a .463 clip and blasted 50 hits, 12 doubles, four triples and two home runs.

He knocked in 32 RBI with 22 runs, eight walks and swiped 14 bases in the process.

Three of the state’s brightest baseball stars used the grandest of stages in West Virginia to demonstrate why they are Class AAA All-Staters as well as future NCAA-Division I players.

Jonathan Blackwell, Jake Carr and Chase DeLauter all shined brightly during last weekend’s state tournament.

Each turned in sterling performances for their respective teams at Appalachian Power Park.

Carr pitched a three-hitter for eventual state champion St. Albans in a (5-1) victory over Wheeling Park in one semifinal, while Blackwell of Hurricane and DeLauter of Hedgesville waged one the best pitching duels the state has seen in a 1-0 victory by Blackwell in the other. Both pitchers tossed two-hitters with one walk in that semifinal.

Additionally, DeLauter reached base two of three times Blackwell allowed someone on, doubling and walking.

DeLauter’s offensive prowess to go with his pitching ability are a reflection as to why he signed on as a two-position player — a pitcher and an outfielder — at James Madison.

Blackwell and Carr are headed to Coastal Carolina and West Virginia, respectively, as strictly pitchers.

Today, two of them — Carr and DeLauter — head up the Class AAA all-state team as co-captains of the first team.

Beside being repeat first-team selections as a pitcher and utility player, respectively, Carr and DeLauter have been named as co-state players of the year. Blackwell moved up from the second team in 2018.

It’s the second straight time for DeLauter to win the John Lowery Award as the state’s top player. He certainly did everything in his power to keep the trophy as he raised his batting average by slightly more than 100 points to .606 and lowered his earned run average by more than a run to 0.84.

Carr finished won all seven of his decisions and posted an 0.33 ERA while striking out 105 and walking just 14 in 63 innings.

Seven of the 15 first-team honorees hail from the Mountain State Athletic Conference, including all three pitchers, and five from the six-member Eastern Panhandle Athletic Conference.

In addition to Carr and Blackwell, the third pitcher is Cody Sharp of MSAC member Spring Valley.

The other MSAC honorees are infielder Joel Gardner, who scored the lone run in Hurricane’s win over Hedgesville in Charleston, and George Washington’s Aidan Johnson; outfielder Easton Petitt of Cabell Midland; and utility player Tyler Cox of Hurricane.

Besides DeLauter, the EPAC first-teamers also include infielder Grant Harman from Martinsburg, outfielders Hunter Coe of Hedgesville and Blake Hartman of Musselman, and utlity player Taylor Tennat of Jefferson.

The rest of the first-team lineup includes catcher Tyler Haskins of Ripley and utility player Hunter Fansler of Woodrow Wilson.

The second team is led by Noah Cummings, an infielder from state champion St. Albans who was a first-team honoree a year ago and has been named the captain.

The pitchers include Cabell Midland’s Chad Heiner, Parkersburg South’s Colin Bryant and Ayden Hodges, who tossed a one-hitter in St. Alabans’ 5-0 victory over Hurricane in the state championship game.

Nick Loftis of St. Albans earned second-team honors as a utility player a season ago but was named as an infielder this time.

The rest of the second team includes catcher infielder Hunter Bellomy of Spring Valley; outfielders Andrew Sydenstricker of Capital, Dane Peterson of Ripley and Charlie Pierson of Riverside; utility players Ashton Staubs of Martinsburg, Caleb Taylor of Morgantown, Blake Tilley of Cabell Midland and Cam Thomas of Capital.

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