CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Plenty was expected out of Magnolia and senior Kyle Elliott when the 2013 high school baseball season started.
Playing in their first season in West Virginia Class A with Elliott, an All-State player in the Class AA ranks a season ago, the Blue Eagles were one of the preseason favorites to win it all.
While they came up two runs short - falling 9-8 to first-time champion Charleston Catholic in the state title game - Elliott was able to help the Blue Eagles pull off a rare All-State feat.
Elliott, who was 8-1 with five saves and an ERA of .089 on the hill and hit .437 with five home runs and 42 RBI, was named the captain of the Class A baseball team, announced Monday by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
In doing so, he became the third Magnolia player to be so honored in a major sport, as classmates Steven Rogalski (football), and Mark Winters (boys basketball) were also selected as Class A captains.
Elliott started a Class AA state semifinal his sophomore year and got knocked around a bit against Logan, but he learned a bunch from that experience.
"I think after that loss, I definitely took it hard because I thought that I should have pitched a little better," Elliott said. "I think I grew up a lot over that offseason. I finally learned how to actually pitch. Earlier in my high school years, I was just more of a thrower."
This time around, Elliott worked 4 2/3 innings of scoreless - and hitless - relief in the state semifinal against Notre Dame, helping his team get over that hump.
Joining him are teammates Ryan Walton, also a member of last year's Class AA first team (.432 average, eight doubles, 58 runs scored), and Chandler Sapp (.532 batting average, 66 hits, two home runs, 40 RBI).