BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Hunter Greco wanted his senior season to end with him and his Woodrow Wilson teammates raising a state championship trophy.
That didn't happen - the Flying Eagles lost 5-0 to Cabell Midland in the Class AAA state semifinals. Greco will, however, gladly accept the honor of being named a first-team all-stater.
Greco was one of three pitchers named to the first team, released Friday by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
"It's a dream come true, really," said Greco, who will play college baseball at Fairmont State. "This is the first time I have been first-team all-state. I worked my butt off for it. I feel like I deserved it."
Greco was solid from beginning to end this season. He hit .449 and slugged .663, hit 12 doubles and drove in 24 runs.
But his presence on the mound was big for Woodrow, which won its first region championship since 2007. The right-hander was 6-2 with a 1.47 earned run average. He had 59 strikeouts in 472/3 innings pitched.
"He was a four-year starter and that's a lot of experience," Woodrow coach Mark Daniel said. "It's been a while since we have had a four-year starter. He was just consistent for us all year."
The first-team captain is senior first baseman Daniel Heliene of state champion Hedgesville. Heliene had a monstrous year, setting school records with 16 home runs and 51 RBIs. He also hit .475 and had a .980 slugging percentage.
Joining Heliene as all-state infielders are Musselman's Darrin Zombro, Huntington's Joey Mundy and Preston's Jimmy Galusky.
Zombro batted .494 and drove in 20 runs for the Applemen. The Highlanders got a .515 average, 17 doubles, 12 stolen bases and 31 RBIs from Mundy, and Galusky hit .519 with 11 doubles, seven homers and 31 RBIs for the Knights.
Spring Valley's Elijah Wellman and Hampshire's Matthew Maiers join Greco on the first-team pitching staff.