CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Herbert Hoover's Corey Bird left his mark on the state high school baseball tournament the last two seasons, playing in four games and ending his varsity career with a Class AA state title.
The center fielder and pitcher, who is headed to Marshall University, said individual awards are secondary to team awards.
Nevertheless, he caps his decorated Hoover legacy by repeating as captain of the Class AA all-state first team as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Bird said it didn't get any better than winning a state championship, but being the captain of the all-state team for the second consecutive season isn't bad either.
"That's pretty big, but winning championships . . . that's we strive for and we did it," said Bird, who batted .467 with a double, six stolen bases, five runs and four RBIs in four state tournament games over the past two seasons. "It's still pretty cool."
In four seasons, Bird played in 120 games - four in the state tournament as a junior and senior - with a .457 career average, 184 runs, 25 doubles, 10 triples, 79 walks, 119 stolen bases, 100 RBIs and only 16 strikeouts.
Bird stole 55 bases in 35 games this season. The state record for steals is owned by Wahama's Mike Lewis, who swiped 80 in 56 games in 1974 during the era of unlimited scheduling. Lewis averaged 1.43 stolen bases per game. In 35 games in 2013, Bird averaged 1.57 steals a contest.
Helping Bird's cause this season was as a pitcher, where he had a 5-1 record and a 1.17 earned-run average in only 30 innings with 49 strikeouts and nine walks. He picked up the win in Hoover's state championship victory over Fairmont Senior, working three scoreless innings of relief.
Joining Bird in the outfield is Sissonville senior Zach Null, who was a left-handed center fielder, shortstop and pitcher for the Indians and batted .489 with 28 RBIs and 10 doubles. Null was a second-team selection as a junior. The first team's other outfielder is Liberty Raleigh senior Joey Lacek, who batted .515 with 12 doubles, 42 RBIs and 41 runs.
The pitching staff includes Hoover junior Tristan Fields, who had the distinction of starting both state tournament games for Huskies this year yet didn't receive a decision in either. In his third season with Hoover, he finished 7-1 with a 2.21 ERA with 74 strikeouts in 57 innings.
Fairmont Senior senior Andrew Strand, the Polar Bears' starter in the Class AA title game against Hoover, was named to the first-team staff. He didn't receive a decision in his team's 7-5 title-game defeat, preserving his 6-0 record with 56 strikeouts in 43 innings and a 1.79 ERA in the Polar Bears' first season as a Class AA program.