By Paul Adkins firstname.lastname@example.org
July 1, 2014
MAN — Man High School’s Cayce Mullins is going to play at the next level.
Mullins, a graduated senior member and catcher on Man’s Class A state championship baseball team, recently signed a national letter of intent to play collegiate baseball at West Virginia Tech.
Mullins was a crucial part of Man’s team this year.
He helped save the Hillbillies in the Class A state championship game at Charleston’s Appalachian Power Park as he quickly raced behind the plate to retrieve a wild pitch and flipped to pitcher Mikle Scott Rowe for an out to send the game with Clarksburg Notre Dame into extra innings.
With the game tied 7-7 in the bottom of the seventh, Notre Dame was trying to win the game and take the Class A state championship on the wild pitch.
Mullins and Rowe didn’t let that happen.
The Billies then scored five runs in the top of the 10th inning and held on to beat the Irish 12-10 in the finals.
It was Man’s first ever state baseball championship and first state title of any kind in a boys’ sport.
Mullins is only one of two Man starters who will be lost to graduation with first baseman Noah Maynard being the other.
Mullins had a big state tournament as he was 5-for-8 at the plate with a double and two RBI. In the state championship game, he was 4-for-6 with two RBI. He had a huge RBI double in Man’s five-run outburst in the 10th inning.
Mullins finished off the season hitting .356 with four home runs and 19 RBI and eight doubles. With his 5-for-8 performance in the state tourney, Mullins saw his batting average rise 33 points.
He will join a pair of former Chapmanville Regional High School players on the WVU Tech baseball team in pitcher Craig Johnson and outfielder Zach Maynard.
Johnson is a junior pitcher. He pitched early on this season in a WVU Tech doubleheader against the University of Pikeville at Logan’s Roger E. Gertz Field. The two teams ended up splitting.
Maynard is a freshman outfielder and Harts native.
Johnson and Maynard played on Chapmanville’s 2011 Class AA state championship team.
WVU Tech’s baseball team was 18-29 this season.