By Shawn Stinson
Two members of the Pendleton County High School baseball team were honored for their play during the 2022 season.
Rising senior Clayton Kisamore and rising sophomore James Vincell were tabbed as Class A all-state honorable mention selections by members of the West Virginia’s Sports Writers Association.
Kisamore played shortstop and in the outfield as well as pitched for the Wildcats. Vincell served as the catcher and designated hitter as well as pitcher this season.
Kisamore finished with a .424 batting average and a .550 on-base percentage. He recorded four doubles, three triples and two home runs. Kisamore notched 23 runs batted in for the Wildcats. He scored 21 runs and stole 20 bases.
On the mound, Kisamore had a 4-4 record with a 3.20 earned run average. He finished with 48 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings and had 21 walks.
Vincell hit .320 as a freshman. He recorded a .507 on-base percentage. Vincell had a home run, four doubles and knocked in 20 runs. On the mound, he recorded a complete game against Highland County, Virginia.
Catcher Ethyn Barnitz from Wahama was selected as captain of the all-state first team. Joining Barnitz as first-team all-state selections were pitchers Jonah DiCocco from Charleston Catholic, Bryce Zuspan from Wahama, and Ty Walton from Tyler Consolidated. Reece Patterson from Greater Beckley Christian was the other catcher on the first team. The four infielders were Matt Amaismeier from Madonna, Caden Hall from Gilmer County, Caleb Nutter from Buffalo, and Max Molessa from Williamstown. The outfielders honored as first-team all-state selections were Griffin Boggs from Midland Trail, Karson Reed from Moorefield, and Harbor Haught from Williamstown. The three utility player picks were Josh Jenkins from Sherman, Chase McClung from Greenbrier West, and Preston Blankenship from Man.
Infielder Braydon McClung of Greenbrier West topped the players receiving all-state second team honors. Aaron Henry of Wahama, Coy Angel of Cameron and Bo Thompson of Man were the three pitchers joining Braydon McClung on the second team. The two catchers on the second team were Dale Boone of Greenbrier West and Anthony Anglin of Ravenswood. The other infielders on the second team were Gene Hutchinson of Notre Dame, Caleb Blevins of Man, and Quentin Owens of Ritchie County. Logan Roach of Wahama, Jayden Helmick of Tyler Consolidated and Cole Whitehead of Sherman were the outfield honorees. Michael Farrell of Charleston Catholic, Ben Foster of Wheeling Central, and Holden Allen of Sherman were the utility picks.
Others selected as honorable mention all-state honorees were Luke Amaismeier, Madonna; Adam Angel, Cameron; Isaac Ball, Cameron; Chase Barkley, Williamstown; Larry Bigham, Midland Trail; Beau Bennett, Ravenswood; Zade Billings, Tyler Consolidated; Hayden Brown, Tyler Consolidated; Braydin Coleman, Williamstown; Hunter Crist, Greater Beckley; Garrett Cunningham, Ritchie County; Cooper Donahue, Richwood; Aiden Eddy, Doddridge County; Christian Fluharty, Hundred; Luke Fraley, James Monroe; Garrett Gibson, Tygarts Valley; Will Graham, Greater Beckley Christian; Eli Grubb, Greater Beckley Christian; Colton Hall, Gilmer County; Cody Harrell, Midland Trail; Bryce Hines, Moorefield; Ethan Holliday, Greenbrier West; Brandon Isaac, Summers County; Cade Kincaid, Midland Trail; Tanner Kirk, Tug Valley; Mason Kisamore, Tucker County; Conner Lackey, Tug Valley; Ben Lane, Summers County; Johnathon Mallow, Petersburg; Clay Massey, Sherman; Noah Mazzie, Notre Dame; Alex Miller, Moorefield; Sam Miller, St. Marys; Jacob Painter, Buffalo; Matthew Pratt, Tucker County; Ian Persinger, Calhoun County; Dawson Price, East Hardy; Anthony Rogers, Notre Dame; Slade Saville, Petersburg; Caleb Starkey, Magnolia; Colt Sutton, Doddridge County; Evan Swain, Ravenswood; Michael Toepfer, Wheeling Central; Alex Vance, Tug Valley; and Cole Winnell, Wirt County.