9-10, 11-12 tourneys to start soon


A summer tradition continues on Saturday with the start of the District 2 9-10-year-old Little League All-Star baseball tournament.

This year’s tourney is slated to be played at the Chapmanville Little League’s Tracy Vickers Field.

The following weekend, the 11-12-year-old tournament is scheduled to begin. That tourney is slated to be played at Madison.

This week, the 7-8-year-old Coach Pitch all-star tourney is being played at Pineville.

This year’s Little League all-star tournaments marks the return of the Logan Little League All-Stars.

Logan dropped out of Little League Baseball after the 2009 season and went a different route, opting to play in the Cal Ripken League.

The Logan All-Stars are back, however and back in Little League. Logan is competing this week in the Coach Pitch tourney at Pineville alongside Chapmanville. The Man All-Stars did not field a team in the 7-8 division.

The last time Logan competed in Little League baseball was six years ago, when a 12-year-old by the name of Z. Minnick led the Logan 11-12 team to the District 2 championship and a berth in the State Little League Tournament.

At state, the ‘09 Logan All-Stars advanced all the way to the state semifinals before falling and getting ousted from the tourney.

Minnick went on to have a stellar high school baseball career at Logan High School. During his senior season this year, Minnick was named as the West Virginia State Player of the Year.

This season, Minnick batted .565 with 15 doubles, five triples, six home runs and 39 RBI. Two of his home runs came in a regular-season game at Hurricane, including a grand slam. He also stole 10 bases.

As a pitcher, Minnick finished 7-2 with a 0.83 earned run average, 103 strikeouts and 23 walks in 59 innings this season. He had back-to-back no-hitters, striking out 15 in a seven-inning 6-0 win at George Washington on May 1 and striking out 13 in a 14-0 verdict against Man five days later.

In his four-year career, Minnick was a .460 hitter, with 22 home runs, 33 doubles and 136 RBI. As a pitcher, he was 22-5 with 229 strikeouts and 62 walks in 170.1 innings and a 1.73 ERA.

Minnick was not selected earlier this month in the Major League Draft but is headed to play this fall at Division I Campbell University of the Big South Conference.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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