A total of 16 athletes and one coach from the Ohio Valley Publishing area were named to the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division all-league baseball team, as selected by the coaches within the nine team league.
The Offensive Most Valuable Player award went to Wahama senior and Marshall University signee Philip Hoffman. Last spring Hoffman — a pitcher and shortstop — was the co-Offensive Most Valuable Player, while he was co-Defensive Most Valuable Player as a sophomore. Hoffman and Waterford senior Isaac Huffman, are both four-year all-league selections.
The league’s Defensive Most Valuable Player award went to Eastern junior Austin Coleman, who is one of four players making the all-league squad for the third time.
The Coach of the Year honor was split between Eastern’s Brian Bowen and Waterford’s Doug Huffman. Bowen, who was league Coach of the Year last spring, guided the Eagles to a 12-4 league record, tying the Eagles for second in the league standings. Huffman guided the Wildcats to a perfect 16-0 TVC Hocking campaign.
Coleman, a pitcher and second baseman, was joined by four EHS teammates. Eastern junior Ethen Richmond earned his second straight all-league spot for his efforts at second base and on the mound for the Eagles.
Eastern’s three first-time all-league honorees are senior shortstop John Little, junior catcher Kaleb Hill and junior center fielder Josh Brewer.
Southern finished tied for second with the Eagles at 12-4 in the league and also landed five players on the all-league team. SHS senior Trey Pickens, a first baseman and a pitcher, earned his third straight nod, while junior middle infielder and pitcher Dylan Smith is on the list for the second straight year.
SHS senior Clayton Wood picked up his second all-league baseball honor and first since 2015, for his effort at third base, second base and on the mound this spring. Southern sophomores Billy Harmon (catcher) and Logan Drummer (center fielder/pitcher) both landed on the all-league team for the first time.
For the fourth place, 11-5, White Falcons, Hoffman was joined by three first-time honorees in junior pitcher and shortstop Dalton Kearns, sophomore catcher David Hendrick and sophomore third baseman Tanner Smith.
South Gallia was at the bottom of the nine team-league with a 1-15 mark and earned two selections. SGHS senior Coleton Coughenour earned his second straight all-league nod, while sophomore Chase Kemper claimed his first TVC Hocking honor. Both Coughenour and Kemper play shortstop, center field and pitcher.
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2017 All-TVC Hocking baseball team
WATERFORD (16-0): Isaac Huffman*, Sr, C; Clay Hayes*, Sr, IF-P; Jordan Welch, Sr, OF-P; Riley Burns*, Sr, 1B-P; Noah Huffman*, Jr, 2B-P; Bryce Hilverding, Sr, 3B-SS-P; Braden Bellville*, So, INF-OF-P.
EASTERN (12-4): John Little, Sr, SS; Josh Brewer, Jr, CF; Austin Coleman*, Jr, P-2B; Kaleb Hill, Jr, C; Ethen Richmond*, Jr, P-2B.
SOUTHERN (12-4): Trey Pickens*, Sr, 1B-P; Dylan Smith*, Jr, 2B-SS-P; Clayton Wood, Sr, 3B-2B-P; Billy Harmon, So, C; Logan Drummer, So, CF-P.
WAHAMA (11-5): Philip Hoffman*, Sr, P-SS; Dalton Kearns, Jr, P-SS; Tanner Smith, So, 3B; David Hendrick, So, C.
TRIMBLE (8-8): Kamron Curry*, Sr, CF; Ryan Richards*, Sr, C; Max Hooper, So, SS-P.
BELPRE (6-10): Alex Fox, Sr, C; Isaac Tullius, Jr, OF-P; Bailey Sprague*, UTL-P.
MILLER (4-12): Cole Geil*, Sr, P-SS; Lucas Dishon, Fr, P-RF; Trey Hettich, Fr, P.
FEDERAL HOCKING (2-14): Dillon Wilfong*, Sr, LF-P-SS; Chase Reed*, Jr, SS-P; Trevor Bell*, Jr, C.
SOUTH GALLIA (1-15): Chase Kemper*, So, P-CF-SS; Coleton Coughenour*, Sr, SS-P-CF.
Philip Hoffman, Wahama.
Austin Coleman, Eastern.
Co-Coaches of the Year:
Brian Bowen (Eastern) and Doug Huffman (Waterford).
* — indicates repeat selection from 2016 team.
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