Almost a third of the 2016 Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division baseball all-league team consists of Ohio Valley Publishing-area players — thanks to seven Meigs Marauders and three River Valley Raiders making the annual list.
That list has been announced, as Meigs, Alexander and Wellston were the division tri-champions this season — as Meigs also shared the title with Alexander and Athens a year ago.
In addition, the top TVC-Ohio honors were shared among the league’s top four clubs — as Meigs and Athens split the Offensive Most Valuable Player award.
Cody Bartrum, a junior catcher and pitcher for the Marauders and the only three-time all-league honoree on the 32-man roster, shared the Offensive award with Athens’ Brendan Sano.
Chace Harris of Alexander was the Defensive MVP, while Wellston’s Morgan Stevens was the Coach of the Year.
Also repeating for Meigs was junior Chase Whitlatch (pitcher/infielder), who was last season’s Defensive POY.
Other Marauder repeaters included junior outfielder Layne Acree, junior infielder Luke Musser and sophomore utility man Christian Mattox.
Meigs’ two seniors — Alec Bissell (infielder) and Kaileb Sheets (pitcher/catcher/outfielder) — also made the all-league team, as Sheets was a member of the all-TVC-Hocking squad a season ago with Wahama.
The Marauders, Alexander and Wellston went 9-3 in spitting the division championship, as Athens ended at 7-5 — with River Valley and Vinton County both going 3-9.
Meigs, Wellston and Alexander all had seven players selected, as Athens, River Valley and Vinton County each claimed two spots apiece.
The Nelsonville-York Buckeyes finished at 2-10, and had two players picked.
For the Raiders, the trio included seniors Dillon Ragan and Jamie Bainter and junior Bailey Rhodes — as all three played the infield while Ragan pitched and Bainter caught.
Ragan, in fact, repeated to the all-league list.
This season completes only the Raiders’ second year in the TVC-Ohio.
Of Alexander’s seven representatives, there were four repeaters — the junior Harris (pitcher/outfielder), senior Lukas Thompson (pitcher/infielder), senior outfielder Aric Russell and senior infielder Shea Grigsby.
The first-time honorees included senior infielder Mason Chapman, senior catcher Cory Chapman, and senior outfielder Kyle Howard.
The seven Wellston Golden Rocket reps are junior pitcher and shortstop Noah Henry, sophomore catcher Connor Bates, senior first baseman Levi Rafferty, senior outfielder Braydon Womeldorf, junior second baseman Nick Cox, junior shortstop Hunter Whalen and sophomore pitcher and third baseman Michael Graham.
Three juniors made the team from Athens — ace pitcher and outfielder Sano, pitcher Brody Rodgers and catcher Brock Stewart.
Vinton County’s threesome was sophomores Noah Waddell (outfielder) and Jeffrey Harper (pitcher/outfielder) and senior Austin Ward (pitcher/catcher), while Nelsonville-York’s honorees were sophomore second baseman Garrett Maiden and freshman Reece Robson (third baseman/pitcher/catcher).
Henry, Rafferty, Maiden, Sano, Stewart and Ward were all repeaters from a year ago.
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