Meigs’ Luke Musser named TVC Ohio Defensive MVP


By Alex Hawley - ahawley@civitasmedia.com



Meigs senior Luke Musser fires to first base during the Marauders’ 4-3 victory over Gallia Academy, in Rocksprings on April 27.


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River Valley senior Jack Farley (13) delivers a pitch to a Nelsonville-York batter during their Division III sectional semifinal baseball game at Nelsonville-York High School’s Blackburn Field.


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A total of five Marauders and two Raiders received all-league honors on the 2017 Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division baseball team, as selected by the coaches within the seven-team league.

The league’s Defensive Most Valuable Player award went to Meigs senior pitcher Luke Musser, who is one of seven players on the list for the third consecutive season.

Athens senior pitcher and utility player Brendan Sano was the Offensive Most Valuable Player, after sharing the award last spring. Bulldogs’ skipper Chris Stewart earned league Coach of the Year honors, guiding his club to a perfect 12-0 league mark.

Along with Musser, the second place Marauders — who were 9-3 in the conference — were represented for the third straight season by Christian Mattox, a junior infielder and pitcher.

First-time all-league honorees from MHS were senior infielder Tyler Williams, junior catcher Zach Helton and sophomore outfielder Wesley Smith.

The Raiders were winless in the seven-team league, but were represented by senior Austin Ragan (pitcher, catcher, infielder) and junior Jack Farley (pitcher, infielder) on the all-league list. Both Ragan and Farley are first-time honorees.

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2017 All-TVC Ohio baseball team

ATHENS (12-0): Brendan Sano*, Sr, P-UTL; Brock Stewart*, Sr, C; Brody Rodgers*, Sr, P-DH; Cameron Kasler, Sr, P-1B; Joseph Thomas, Sr, SS; Andy Kostival, Sr, CF, Waylon Bradbury, Sr, P.

MEIGS (9-3): Luke Musser*, Sr, P; Zach Helton, Jr, C; Christian Mattox*, Jr, INF-P; Wesley Smith, So, OF; Tyler Williams, Sr, INF.

NELSONVILLE-York (7-5): Reece Robson*, So, C-P-3B; Hunter Dobbs, Sr, P-1B; Garrett Maiden*, Jr, 2B-C; Ted Campbell, Sr, CF-2B.

WELLSTON (7-5): Noah Henry*, Sr, P-INF; Hunter Whalen*, Sr, SS-C; Connor Bates*, Jr, C-IB-DH; Michael Graham*, Jr, P-3B-OF.

ALEXANDER (4-8): Chace Harris*, Sr, P; Jordan Colburn, Sr, INF; Andy Merckle, Jr, INF.

VINTON COUNTY (3-9): Jeffery Harper*, Jr, P; Lincoln Hayes, So, C; Jacob Wells, Fr, OF.

RIVER VALLEY (0-12): Jack Farley, Jr, P-INF; Austin Ragan, Sr, P-C-INF.

Offensive MVP:

Brendan Sano, Athens.

Defensive MVP:

Luke Musser, Meigs.

Coach of the Year:

Chris Stewart, Athens.

* — indicates repeat selection from 2016 team.

Meigs senior Luke Musser fires to first base during the Marauders’ 4-3 victory over Gallia Academy, in Rocksprings on April 27.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/06/web1_6.2-MHS-Musser.jpgMeigs senior Luke Musser fires to first base during the Marauders’ 4-3 victory over Gallia Academy, in Rocksprings on April 27. Alex Hawley/OVP Sports

River Valley senior Jack Farley (13) delivers a pitch to a Nelsonville-York batter during their Division III sectional semifinal baseball game at Nelsonville-York High School’s Blackburn Field.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/06/web1_6.2-RV-Farley.jpgRiver Valley senior Jack Farley (13) delivers a pitch to a Nelsonville-York batter during their Division III sectional semifinal baseball game at Nelsonville-York High School’s Blackburn Field. Paul Boggs/OVP Sports

By Alex Hawley

ahawley@civitasmedia.com