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Morgantown’s Travinski and Dakan, University’s Campbell named 1st-Team All-State in Class AAA baseball

After making it to the state tournament for the first time since 2016, the Morgantown Mohigans landed four players on the Class AAA All-State baseball team, released Friday by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

Third baseman/pitcher Dylan Travinski and pitcher Hunter Dakan were named first-team all-state while pitcher Tristan Milik and second baseman Koa Silvers were named to the second team.

Travinski led the Mohigans with a .427 batting average and 35 RBI. On the mound, he went 4-3 with a 2.28 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 55.1 innings.

Morgantown’s Hunter Dakan was named first-team all-state in Class AAA on Friday. (William Wotring/The Dominion Post)

Dakan, a southpaw, led the team with an 8-1 record on the mound and a 1.61 ERA. He struck out 64 in 61 frames.

Milik hit .355 with 14 RBI with a 2.45 ERA and a 6-1 record on the mound and was named the captain of the second team. Silvers hit at a .352 clip with 25 RBI, a team-high 39 runs scored and a .959 fielding percentage at second base.

Also making the all-state first team was University outfielder Wenkai Campbell. The senior led his club with a .434 batting average, 29 RBI and three home runs. He also smacked 10 doubles and scored 40 times.

University’s Wenkai Campbell was named first-team all-state as an outfielder in Class AAA on Friday. (Benjamin Powell/The Dominion Post)

Landing on the all-state second team for Preston was freshman catcher Bryson McNew, who led the Knights with a .527 batting average, 13 doubles, four home runs and 35 RBI. His older brother Brady McNew was named all-state honorable mention, batting .362 with 18 RBI and carrying a 1.12 ERA with a 3-1 record on the mound. He struck out 66 in 43.2 innings.

If there were any doubts about what Kenyon Collins meant to Cabell Midland, he answered all of them during the state baseball tournament at GoMart Ballpark.

He proved his value to the Knights as they won their second-straight Class AAA championship.

Collins pitched a one-hitter with six strikeouts and drove in half of the Knights’ runs in an 8-0 victory over Morgantown and then completed an unassisted double play at shortstop to end the Knights’ 3-2 championship game victory over George Washington.

It’s that versatility that enabled the Marshall-bound ballplayer to be named as a utility member of the Class AAA first-team all-state baseball squad.

“His pitching, defense and hitting meant a lot to our ballclub,” Cabell Midland coach Tracy Brumfield said. “His presence on the mound made our defense relax.”

Samuel went 9-1 as a starter with a 1.40 earned-run average. He struck out 81 in some 50 innings.

Collins’ battery mate, Luke Samuel, who had two hits in the state final, was named as one of two catchers on the first team. Bridgeport’s Michael Romano was chosen as the second catcher.

Brumfield said an opposing player told the coach that Samuel brought fear to defenses because of how hard he hit the ball.

“He had eight to 10 balls that were scorched that players made diving catches or great plays on him,” Brumfield said.

He batted .395 this season with 48 RBI. A season ago, Samuel drove in 58 runs.

Half of the members of the 18 first-team honorees played in the state final four in Charleston.

Beside Collins and Samuel, the others include pitcher Bryson Hoff and outfielder Abe Fenwick of George Washington; pitcher Carson Boober, infielder Braeden Oviedo and outfielder Christian Alter of Martinsburg; and pitcher Hunter Dakan and infielder Dylan Travinski of Morgantown.

The first-team captain is Boober, who came within one win of matching the Martinsburg program record of 11 wins, held by retired pro Doug Creek.

Boober finished the season with an 11-1 record and had a regular-season earned-run average of 1.29. He struck out 81 batters in 67 1/3 innings and batted .362.

“As a pitcher, I think Carson’s biggest attribute is how he competes every day, how he handles himself,” Martinsburg coach Aaron Beiler said. “He never let emotions get the best of him. He was always on an even keel.

“Any time he took the mound, the team felt like we were going to win, no matter what. He engendered that confidence with his team.”

Boober’s teammates, Oviedo and Alter, both juniors, batted .477 and .420, respectively.

Hoff, a West Virginia University signee, got the best of Boober and the top-seeded Bulldogs in the first game of the state semifinals. He blanked Martinsburg by throwing five, two-hit innings with seven strikeouts and a walk. 

Fenwick, the Patriots’ top hitter, smacked two doubles among three hits in the victory over Martinsburg. He had two RBI in that game.

Travinski batted a team-best .427. Dakan won eight of nine games and led the Mohigans with an ERA of 1.61.

Bridgeport matched Martinsburg with a first-team-best three honorees.

Pitcher Jacob Stavrakis and infielder Zach Rohrig joined Romano from Bridgeport.

The others selected to the first team include infielder Bryson Casto of Ripley; utility players Riley Morgan of Jefferson, Grant Stratton of Spring Valley and Evan Wilson of Capital; outfielders Kyle Lore of Musselman and Wenkai Campbell of University.

Campbell is a repeat first-team honoree. He batted .434 and stole 28 bases.

Lore’s .473 batting average led the Applemen.

Morgan went 5-0 with an ERA of .090 and posted a team-high batting average of .363. During the postseason, Morgan pitched 9 1/3 innings of no-hit ball between sectional and regional action.

Stratton batted .392 to lead Spring Valley. He went 6-0 as a pitcher.

The captain of the second team is utility selection Tristan Milik of Morgantown.

The rest of the second team are pitchers Cayden Mackey of Parkersburg South, Justin Duvall of Bridgeport, Lane DeLauter of Martinsburg and Drew Gallaher of Woodrow Wilson; catchers Noah Dunford of Princeton and Bryson McNew of Preston; infielders Koa Silvers of Morgantown, Jackson Curry of Ripley, Maddex Sims of Woodrow Wilson and infielder Serf Guerra of Jefferson; outfielders Cade Johnson of Cabell Midland, Weston Smith of Hurricane, Mark Biafore of Bridgeport and Landon Pence of Hedgesville; and utility players Trent Ride of Oak Hill, Cade Goode of Ripley and Garrett Wagoner of Spring Valley.

All-State honorees can obtain state-shaped, wood plaques with name, school, year and honor at wvswa.org or bearwoodcompany.com.


The Class AAA All-State Baseball Team as Selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

First Team
P – Carson Boober, Martinsburg, Sr. (captain)
P – Jacob Stavrakis, Bridgeport, Jr.
P – Hunter Dakan, Morgantown, Sr.
P – Bryson Hoff, George Washington, Sr.
C – Michael Romano, Bridgeport, Jr.
C – Luke Samuel, Cabell Midland, Sr.
INF – Dylan Travinski, Morgantown, Sr.
INF – Braeden Oviedo, Martinsburg, Jr.
INF – Bryson Casto, Ripley, Fr.
INF – Zach Rohrig, Bridgeport, Sr.
OF – Abe Fenwick, George Washington, Sr.
OF – Kyle Lore, Musselman, Sr.
OF – Wenkai Campbell, University, Sr.
OF – Christian Alter, Martinsburg, Jr.
U – Kenyon Collins, Cabell Midland, Sr.
U – Riley Morgan, Jefferson, Sr.
U – Grant Stratton, Spring Valley, Sr.
U – Evan Wilson, Capital, Sr. 

Second Team
P – Cayden Mackey, Parkersburg South, Sr.
P – Justin Duvall, Bridgeport, Jr.
P – Lane DeLauter, Martinsburg, Sr.
P – Drew Gallaher, Woodrow Wilson, Fr.
C – Noah Dunford, Princeton, Sr.
C – Bryson McNew, Preston, Fr
INF – Koa Silvers, Morgantown, Soph.
INF – Jackson Curry, Ripley, Sr.
INF – Maddex Sims, Woodrow Wilson, Sr.
INF – Serf Guerra, Jefferson, Fr.
OF – Cade Johnson, Cabell Midland, Soph.
OF – Weston Smith, Hurricane, Jr.
OF – Mark Biafore, Bridgeport, Sr.
OF – Landon Pence, Hedgesville, Sr.
U – Tristan Milik, Morgantown, Sr. (Captain)
U – Trent Rider, Oak Hill, Sr.
U – Cade Goode, Ripley, Sr.
U – Garrett Wagoner, Spring Valley, Jr.

Honorable Mention
Gavin Bennett, Greenbrier East; Ben Bifano, Bridgeport; Mason Bowers, Morgantown; Taryn Boyles, Musselman; Noah Brown, Hedgesville; Braxton Burke, South Charleston; Conner Chancey, Musselman; Brody Combs, Princeton; Jacob Crumbley, Spring Mills; Ashton Curry, Bridgeport; Alex Danner, Jefferson; Raymond DeFranco, Brooke; Peyton Dehaven, Greenbrier East; Dylan Duvall, Bridgeport; Ty Evans, Woodrow Wilson; Brayden Edwards, Martinsburg; Owen Grose, Oak Hill; Hayden Hughes, John Marshall; Carson Lauttamus, Brooke; Jayden Lester, Hurricane; Landon Marple, Buckhannon-Upshur; Jared Marsh, Wheeling Park; Carter McLain, Parkersburg South; Brady McNew, Preston; Wyatt McClintock, Musselman; Lucas Monoghan, Princeton; Caden Parker, Parkersburg; Gabe Patton, Greenbrier East; Bralin Peters, Lincoln County Nate Simon, Wheeling Park; Ben Reisenweber, Martinsburg; Cohen Rutherford, Jefferson; Jamison Smith, Spring Valley; Chase Tolliver, Woodrow Wilson; Jaden Westfall, Buckhannon-Upshur; Lex Wilhelm, John Marshall; Brady Williams, Woodrow Wilson; Ray Williams, Cabell Midland; Conner Wolford, Hampshire; Ein Wolfe, Hedgesville; Ayden Youngblood, St. Albans.

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