West Virginia Baseball POY: Corey Bird

West Virginia Baseball POY: Corey Bird

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West Virginia Baseball POY: Corey Bird

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THE WINNER: Corey Bird 

THE BASICS

School: Herbert Hoover (Clendenin, W.Va.)

Grade: Senior

Position: LHP/OF

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 175 pounds

Athletic achievementHe led the Huskies to a 28-3 record and a berth in the Class AA regional finals against Wayne (Union, W.Va.), scheduled for May 24. Bird batted .476 with 54 runs scored, 45 stolen bases and 20 RBI through 31 games. Also the returning Class AA First Team All-State captain as named by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association, Bird owned a 4-0 record with one save, a 1.08 ERA and 45 strikeouts against just seven walks in 26 innings pitched.

Academic excellenceBird has maintained a 3.80 GPA. 

Exemplary characterA member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered locally on behalf of his church and as a youth baseball instructor and umpire.

THE PRAISE

“He’s hard to beat,” said Kenny Harper, head coach of rival Sissonville (Charleston, W.Va.). “We’ve played against him for four years, and he’s a guy you have to keep off base. Once he’s on base, he’ll score. And if you hit it to center field, he’ll run it down. As far as a ballplayer and an athlete, you can’t get much better.”

THE FUTUREBird has signed with Marshall.

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