Summer Sword and Jordan Simpson made the most of their diamond time with the West Virginia State softball and baseball teams this season.
Sword, a Man High School graduate and freshman catcher with the West Virginia State women’s softball team, hit an even .400 this season for the Yellow Jackets as she was 6-for-15 at the plate with two doubles, four RBI and two stolen bases.
Sword, a former all-stater for the Lady Billies, started seven games and made 22 appearances for 26-27 West Virginia State this spring.
Simpson, another Man High School graduate and sophomore shortstop with the West Virginia State baseball team, finished with a .353 batting average with six hits in 17 at-bats. He had three RBI, a stolen base and also pitched 2.2 innings.
West Virginia State’s baseball team ended up with a 34-17 record and won the Mountain East Championship Game, 4-1, over Notre Dame College of Ohio at Beckley’s Epling Stadium. Led by a determined group of seniors the Yellow Jacket baseball team refused to let retiring coaching legend Coach Cal Bailey go out anything but a champion.
It was the 18th title for Bailey who finished his coaching career with 1,063 victories.
* On the Glenville State College baseball team are a pair of former Logan High School athletes in Justin Oney and Jonathan Bevins.
Oney, a former Logan High School pitcher, was 1-4 on the hill this season for 9-40 Glenville. He had a 5.85 ERA with 40 innings pitched and 11 overall appearances and six starts. He gave up 26 earned runs and allowed 13 walks with 13 strikeouts.
Bevins, a former Logan High School basketball player, made three appearances with the Glenville baseball team. The 6-foot-7 Bevins pitched one full inning.
* At West Virginia Tech, former Chapmanville Regional High School baseball players Craig Johnson and Zach Maynard are on the school’s baseball squad.
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 the twinbill.
Maynard is a freshman outfielder and Harts native.
Johnson and Maynard played on Chapmanville’s 2011 Class AA state championship team.
Johnson was named All-Cardinal Conference from 2008-2011, was on the all-state second team from 2009-2011 and was named to the All-Tournament team in 2011 at the state tourney.
WVU Tech was 18-29 this season.
No season statistics were available.
* A total of 11 former Logan County athletes are on the University of Charleston softball and baseball teams — four on the softball squad and seven more on the UC baseball team.
Logan High School product Rachelle Toppings, a freshman for the Golden Eagle softball team, ended up leading Charleston in batting average this season with a .393 clip. At season’s end she was named to the All-MEC squad.
Toppings was 33-for-84 at the plate with one double and seven RBI. She also stole five bases.
Jenna Evans, a sophomore and Chapmanville Regional product, hit .331 this season for the UC women with seven doubles, 14 RBI and 15 stolen bases. The UC middle infielder was 50-for-151 at the plate and made 51 starts for 33-19 Charleston.
Jenna Evans’ twin sister, Allison Evans, another former CRHS Lady Tiger, batted .247 this season with six RBI, 18 hits and five stolen bases.
On the mound for UC is sophomore pitcher Morgan Aguirre, a former Logan High School Lady Cat. This season for the Golden Eagles, Aguirre led Charleston pitchers with a 14-9 record and 2.27 ERA, tops on the team. Aguirre logged 138.2 innings and gave up just 45 earned runs with 165 strikeouts and only 37 issued walks. Opponents had just a .222 batting average against the strong-armed hurler.
On the University of Charleston baseball team this season were seven county players: senior third baseman Tim Rein of Logan; junior catcher Jordan Kirk of Chapmanville; freshman pitcher Alex Lakatos of Logan; junior pitcher Dylan Saunders of Chapmanville; junior outfielder Josh Easterling of Chapmanville; senior pitcher Corey Lakatos of Logan; and sophomore pitcher/infielder Jordan Banks of Chapmanville.
Corey and Alex Lakatos are brothers.
UC went 22-24 this season and had a 17-24 record in the MEC.
Rein closed out his collegiate career this season with a .281 batting average for the Golden Eagles. Rein was 38-for-135 at the plate and started 46 games. He had three doubles, 11 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 16 attempts.
Banks hit .274 with one home run and 14 RBI. He also had a pair of doubles.
Easterling batted .196 in 23 games played with 14 RBI and one double.
Kirk hit .154 in 11 games with four RBI and one double.
On the mound, Corey Lakatos was 2-0 with a 2.64 ERA and seven saves. He pitched 13.2 innings and struck out 12 with only two walks issued.
Saunders was 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 10 innings pitched.
Banks pitched one scoreless inning this season for UC.