The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

High School Sports

June 5, 2014

5 area players to play in North-South games

High school baseball season in West Virginia will officially come to a close with the state tournament this weekend. But several players will have one more day in their respective uniforms.

The annual North-South all-star games will be played Sunday at Hurricane High School. After a 10 a.m. practice, two seven-inning games will start at noon.

Five area players will take the field for the South. Here is a look at each:

n Wyatt Adkins, Independence. The shortstop was a 2013 all-stater and wrapped up his career with a stellar senior season. He hit .477 and had 33 runs batted in from the leadoff spot in leading the Patriots to their second straight state tournament appearance. He hit seven home runs, 10 doubles and five triples and scored 50 runs in 33 games.

n Christian Hedinger, Wyoming East. Hedinger set several school records as a senior and on Sunday will become the first Warrior to play in the North-South. The shortstop hit .564 with 22 doubles and drove in 57 runs, while stealing 27 bases on 29 attempts and striking out just four times in 117 at-bats. As a pitcher, Hedinger was 7-4 with a 1.58 ERA, 69 strikeouts and 16 walks in 57 2/3 innings pitched.

n Chris Metrick, Woodrow Wilson. Another shortstop, Metrick hit .381 with six doubles, four homers and 31 RBIs for the Flying Eagles. On the mound, Metrick was 1-2 with a 1.72 ERA. He will join Adkins at West Virginia Wesleyan next season.

n Jordan Meadows, Shady Spring. Meadows was the unquestioned leader of a Shady Spring team that won its first-ever Class AAA sectional championship. The center fielder batted .444, scored 33 runs, hit nine doubles and two triples and was caught just once in 26 stolen base attempts.

n Logan Wriston, Woodrow Wilson. Wriston — who played center field, shortstop and second base and caught and pitched — emerged this year and was one of the hottest players in the area by the end of the season. Three of his eight homers came in the sectional before Shady sent the Eagles home early. Wriston hit .358 with 10 doubles and 33 RBIs. He and teammate Josh Rakes will play baseball at Surry Community College in Dobson, N.C.

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