CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Hunter Greco wanted his senior season to end with him and his Beckley teammates raising a state championship trophy.
That didn't happen - the Flying Eagles lost 5-0 to Cabell Midland in the Class AAA state semifinals. Greco will, however, gladly accept the honor of being named an All-State first-team selection.
Greco was one of three pitchers named to the first team, released Friday by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
"It's a dream come true, really," said Greco, who will play college baseball at Fairmont State. "This is the first time I have been first-team All-State. I worked my butt off for it. I feel like I deserved it."
Greco was solid from beginning to end this season. He hit .449 and slugged .663, hit 12 doubles and drove in 24 runs.
But his presence on the mound was big for Beckley, which won its first region championship since 2007.
The right-hander was 6-2 with a 1.47 earned run average. He had 59 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings pitched.
"He was a four-year starter and that's a lot of experience," Beckley Coach Mark Daniel said. "It's been a while since we have had a four-year starter. He was just consistent for us all year."
The first-team captain is senior first baseman Daniel Heliene of state champion Hedgesville. Heliene had a monstrous year, setting school records with 16 home runs and 51 RBI. He also hit .475 and had a .980 slugging percentage.
Joining Heliene as all-state infielders are Musselman's Darrin Zombro, Huntington's Joey Mundy and Preston's Jimmy Galusky.