Cumberland Times-News

Baseball

June 20, 2014

Ennis named first-team all-state

Senior first Hampshire player to repeat on West Virginia baseball all-star team

— ROMNEY, W.Va. — Shane Ennis made a name for himself early at Hampshire High School.

It’s a pretty well-known name across the state now.

Ennis, a hard-throwing pitcher and clutch cleanup hitter, was named Class AAA first-team all-state for the second year in a row. A four-year starter, Ennis was named to the first team as an outfielder both seasons.

“Shane’s the first to repeat on the first team for us in baseball, and perhaps in any sport here at Hampshire,’’ said head coach Chad Van Meter. “He’s definitely made a big impression on our program, and has done a lot for our school and program, getting us known throughout the state.

“He’s a class-act kid on the field and off the field.”

Ennis, a right-hander, batted .368 with nine doubles, one home run and a team-high 26 runs batted in.

Perhaps no one’s pitching record was more deceiving than the 2-2 mark of Ennis this year. He threw two one-hitters, opponents batted just .125 against him, and he struck out 91 batters in 49 1-3 innings, an average of 13 per seven-inning game. He also had three saves and a 1.14 earned run average.

“He’s a kid who can dominate a game with his arm on the mound and with his bat at the plate,’’ said Van Meter. “He struck out 15, walked one and faced only 22 batters against Johnsonville, S.C.,” Van Meter said of a tough, 1-0 loss in which Ennis gave up only one hit. “He also had a one-hitter and 16 strikeouts in a win against Morgantown.”

A centerfielder when not pitching, Ennis was the Trojans’ cleanup hitter the last three seasons.

“Last year Shane hit six home runs, and while his home run total dropped a little this year, he led us in batting average (.368) and RBIs (26). He’s a gap hitter ... just a very good high school baseball hitter,’’ said Van Meter.

“He had a great senior year and was a leader on the mound and at the plate. He’s a kid you’re never going to be able to replace, and the kind of kid you want in your program every year. Great athlete on the field, never in trouble and always did what he was supposed to do in the classroom.”

In his two all-state seasons, Ennis batted .409 (74 for 181) with 19 doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 64 RBIs. He was 4-5 with 11 saves, a 1.18 ERA and 159 strikeouts in 89 1-3 innings pitched.

Van Meter said Ennis has received offers from college programs but has not yet signed with anyone.

As a junior, Ennis hit .447 with 10 doubles, six homers and 38 RBIs, while going 2-3 with eight saves, a 1.22 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 40 innings as a pitcher in leading the Trojans to a 25-4 record and their first Times-News area baseball championship.

The Trojans were 16-13 and tied for No. 4 in the final area rankings this year.

Teammate David Delawder, a junior infielder, received honorable mention on the All-State team. He batted .467 with four doubles, seven stolen bases and a .600 on-base percentage and was 3-1 on the mound with a 1.53 ERA despite being sidelined with an injury for a portion of the season.

Mike Mathews is a Cumberland Times-News sportswriter. Write to him at mmathews@times-news.com

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