CENTENARY, Ohio — They were the new kids on the block, but these veteran Blue Devils definitely did their jobs.
That’s because seven Gallia Academy High School baseball members — including four first-teamers and two Honorable Mention selections — are the first to be recognized as all-Ohio Valley Conference baseball honorees.
At long last, the all-OVC list was publicly released on Saturday (July 30), as Gallia Academy completed its initial season (2016) in the OVC.
The all-OVC baseball squad is selected by the league’s coaches, and league champion Gallia Academy had four players named to the first team.
Indeed, the Blue Devils captured the outright conference championship with an 11-3 record, as all four first-teamers were seniors — followed by a senior and a freshman for Honorable Mention.
There are no Players of the Year selected, but Gallia Academy head coach Rich Corvin garnered Coach of the Year.
Corvin completed his 13th season this spring as the Blue Devils’ head coach.
League runners-up Portsmouth and South Point amounted three first-team picks, followed by two first-teamers apiece from Ironton, Chesapeake, Fairland and Coal Grove.
Rock Hill had one first-team choice.
All eight OVC schools are allotted two automatic Honorable Mention selections.
For Gallia Academy, seniors Anthony Sipple, Kole Carter, Marcus Moore and Matt Bailey boasted first-team honors, while fellow senior Ryan Terry was named Honorable Mention.
The final Blue Devil honoree, and also Honorable Mention, was freshman ace pitcher Josh Faro.
The first-team Portsmouth picks were Ryan Williams, Zach Delotel and Reese Johnson, while South Point’s picks for first team were Chris Woodard, Logan Wade and Douglas Shaffer.
Jake Isaac and Kyle Kleinman made first team for Ironton, while Dakota Blankenship and Kolten Webb were the first-team selections for Chesapeake.
Collin Damron and Hayden James joined the first-team list from Fairland, while Daniel Rutherford and Chase McKnight made first team from Coal Grove.
Sean McFann was Rock Hill’s only first-teamer.
Besides Terry and Faro, the Honorable Mention honorees included Dylan Mullins and Ty Oliver of Portsmouth; Tanner Hall and Christian Pritchard of South Point; Hunter Klaiber and Larry Morris of Ironton; Casey McComas and Blake Ashworth of Chesapeake; Tyler George and Seth Clay from Fairland; Jake Clark and Jeb Jones of Coal Grove; and Brandon Schob and Heath Carpenter of Rock Hill.
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