CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Herbert Hoover High School's Corey Bird left his mark on the state high school baseball tournament the last two seasons, playing in four games and ending his varsity career with a Class AA state title.
The centerfielder and pitcher, who is headed to Marshall University, said individual awards are secondary to team awards.
Nevertheless, he caps his decorated Hoover legacy by repeating as captain of the Class AA All-State first team as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
He said it didn't get any better than winning a state championship, but being the captain of the All-State team for the second consecutive season isn't bad either.
"That's pretty big, but winning championships ... that's we strive for and we did it," said Bird, who batted .467 with a double, six stolen bases, five runs and four RBI in the four State Tournament games. "It's still pretty cool."
In four seasons, Bird played in 120 games - four in the State Tournament as a junior and senior - with a .457 career average, 184 runs, 25 doubles, 10 triples, 79 walks, 119 stolen bases, 100 RBI and only 16 strikeouts. Bird had 55 stolen bases in 35 games this season. The state record for steals is owned by Wahama's Mike Lewis, who stole 80 bases in 56 games in 1974 during the era of unlimited scheduling.
Lewis averaged 1.43 stolen bases per game. In 35 games in 2013, Bird averaged 1.57 steals a contest.
Helping Bird's cause this season was as a pitcher, where he had a 5-1 record and a 1.17 earned run average in only 30 innings with 49 strikeouts and nine walks.
He picked up the win in Hoover's state championship victory over Fairmont Senior.
Joining Bird in the outfield is Sissonville senior Zach Null, who was a left-handed center fielder, shortstop and pitcher for the Indians and batted .489 with 28 RBI and 10 doubles. Null was a second-team selection as a junior. The first team's other outfielder is Liberty (Raleigh) senior Joey Lacek. Lacek batted .515 with 12 doubles, 42 RBI and 41 runs.