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Osbourn, Brumage named to AA All-state first team

by Jason Martin

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHARLESTON -- Josh Miller led the state in home runs and RBIs. The Ravenswood High senior slugger also leads the Class AA All-state team.

Miller hit 13 home runs and drove in 53 runs for the Red Devils, who finished the season ranked first in the West Virginia Sports Writers Association poll before falling to Herbert Hoover in the sectional tournament final.

A center fielder headed to West Virginia State College, he also batted .534 and scored 54 runs as a repeat selection to the All-state team, which is selected by the state Sports Writers Association.

Joining Miller on the team is Lincoln senior left-hander Wes Osbourn, a West Virginia University recruit who won the state semifinal over Hoover.

The Cougars claimed their first-ever state championship last Friday with a victory over Magnolia. Osbourn finished 12-0 with an 0.88 ERA in 67 innings. He struck out 110 batters while allowing just 41 hits and walking only 10.

The other pitchers are Logan senior right-hander Derrick Lambert, who went 8-1 with a 0.41 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 68 innings; and Herbert Hoover junior right-hander Adam Myers, who was 8-5 with a 2.08 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 77 innings.

Lambert was a first-team pick last year when Logan competed in AAA. Myers' senior teammate, Matt Asbury, is the catcher. He batted .465 with six homers and 36 RBIs for the Huskies, who made their first state tournament appearance since 1975 in their first season in Class AA.

Four seniors make up the first-team All-state infield. They are Bridgeport's Brandon Brumage, who batted .452 with five homers and 26 RBIs; Winfield's Daniel Snyder, who hit .393 and drove in 35 runs; Independence's Chris Gambrell, who hit .478 with 45 RBIs in leading the Patriots to the state tournament; and Wayne's Chris Coleman, who batted .384 and stole 19 bases.

The other outfielders are Logan senior Bill Wooten, who hit .447, scored 40 runs and stole 22 bases, and Chapmanville senior Joe Ellis, who hit .389 with 24 RBIs and 25 stolen bases.