18 locals named to TVC Hocking baseball team

By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com

South Gallia junior Cory Bryan pitches during the Rebels’ 17-1 loss to visiting Wahama, on April 14 in Mercerville.

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Wahama, Trimble and Waterford all came away with the same number of player selections after sharing the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division championship, but nobody came away with more special honors than fourth place Eastern.

Then again, when you beat the two-time state champions, split with two of the three league champions, and are one of three conference teams to reach the regional tournament — you have somewhat of a legitimate argument.

The White Falcons led the Ohio Valley Publishing area with seven selections and the Eagles came away five choices on the 2016 All-Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division baseball team released Sunday by league officials.

Wahama — which was joined by tri-champs Trimble and Waterford with identical league marks of 13-3 — captured a share of the program’s third consecutive TVC Hocking crown. Besides their seven all-league choices, WHS also came away with one of the special postseason honors.

Junior Philip Hoffman — the 2015 TVC Hocking co-defensive Most Valuable Player — once again shared a notable postseason accolade, only this time as the co-offensive MVP along with Trimble senior Dante Brammer.

Hoffman was also one of five repeat selections to the All-TVC Hocking squad for Wahama. Seniors Mason Hicks, Jared Nutter and Ricky Kearns were also members of the 2015 All-TVC Hocking squad, as was junior Jared Oliver.

Senior Tyler Grimm and sophomore Colton Arrington both earned their first All-TVC Hocking baseball honors as well for Wahama.

Eastern — which finished 11-5 overall in the league — had two repeat selections in senior Cameron Richmond and sophomore Austin Coleman. Richmond was also named the TVC Hocking defensive MVP for the 2016 campaign.

EHS skipper Brian Bowen was named the TVC Hocking coach of the Year. Senior Jesse Morris and sophomore Ethen Richmond also came away with their first respective all-league baseball selections.

Southern finished fifth in the league standings with a 10-6 mark, which earned the Tornadoes three all-league selections.

Junior Trey Pickens was a repeat choice on the All-TVC Hocking squad, while junior Blake Johnson and sophomore Dylan Smith both earned their first selection to the all-league team in baseball.

South Gallia also had three selections after finishing tied for eighth with Federal Hocking with identical 1-15 marks.

Senior Cuyler Mills was a repeat choice for the Rebels, while the junior duo of Colton Coughenour and Cory Bryan each garnered their first All-TVC Hocking baseball honors.

Waterford — which also won a district title in 2016 — had seven total selections, including repeat choices for juniors Clay Hayes and Isaac Huffman.

Seniors Devyn Farley and Cameron Bosner, junior Riley Burns, sophomore Noah Huffman and freshman Braden Bellville each came away with their first All-TVC Hocking honors in baseball.

Trimble had three repeat selections to the 2016 all-league squad in seniors Andrew Losey, Dante Brammer and Cody Jones.

Seniors Brandon Layton and Justin Barnhart, as well as juniors Kamron Curry and Ryan Richards, all came away with All-TVC Hocking baseball accolades for the first time.

Belpre was sixth in the league standings with a 6-10 mark and had three players chosen, including a repeat performer in senior Kole Counts. Senior Tavian Miller and sophomore Bailey Sprague were also named to the All-TVC Hocking baseball team for the first time.

Miller finished seventh with a 4-12 league record and had three players named to the all-league team, cinluding a pair of repeat selections for senior Tylor Newman and junior Cole Geil. Senior Garrett Bartley also his his first All-TVC Hocking honor in baseball.

The Lancers had three selections total, with senior Devon Maxey earning a repeat appearance on the Hocking Division list. Junior Dillon Wilfong and sophomore Chase Reed both landed their first all-league honors in baseball.

Of the 40 players selected to the All-TVC Hocking baseball squad, a total of 18 were repeat choices.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

South Gallia junior Cory Bryan pitches during the Rebels’ 17-1 loss to visiting Wahama, on April 14 in Mercerville.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2016/06/web1_6.10-SG-Bryan.jpgSouth Gallia junior Cory Bryan pitches during the Rebels’ 17-1 loss to visiting Wahama, on April 14 in Mercerville. Alex Hawley/OVP Sports

By Bryan Walters