Buffalo players make teams
CHARLESTON -- Buffalo High School's baseball team surprised a lot of people by knocking off defending Class A state champion Charleston Catholic in the sectional round of this season's playoffs and then slipping past Wahama before bowing out in the Region IV title game against Gilmer County.
Senior Aaron Lewis played as big a role in that postseason success as anyone, pitching 13 consecutive shutout innings in the regional round that included a 14-strikeout performance in the Bison's 1-0 win against Wahama in the semifinals.
While his season didn't end in a state tournament berth for Buffalo, Lewis finished with 150 strikeouts in 791/3 innings pitched and a 1.57 regular season earned run average and was named as captain of the Class A all-state first team by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Buffalo senior outfielder Laythen Good was another all-state first team player along with utility selection Braden Griffin from Man, a junior.
Good batted .384 with 19 runs batted in while also posting a 1.64 ERA as a pitcher. Griffin was part of Man's state championship team.
Huntington St. Joe senior Torin Walters was a utility pick on the second team that included Wahama senior pitcher Hunter Bradley.
All-state special mention recognition went to Ben Vanston of St. Joe, Nick Gunter of Buffalo and Cayce Mullins of Man.
Players on the honorable mention list included Vincent Mays, St. Joe; John Fisher, Buffalo; Wesley Harrison, Wahama; Mikle Scott Rowe, Man; and John Thomas Keffer, Man.
St. Marys senior catcher Johnny Riggs was picked as the second team captain.