Golden Bears were special at sectionals

NEW MANCHESTER, W.Va. – In 2011, the Oak Glen baseball team won a sectional championship for the first time in recent memory.

Just how long it had been, is still up for debate.

One former player thought it was in the ’80s, another says the ’70s and someone thought 1965. No doubt someone with a clearer memory will be able set the record straight. But we all can agree, it was a long time.

Wednesday night the Bears soundly defeated Weirton to claim its fourth sectional plaque in-a-row for the Oak Glen High School trophy case. Five Golden Bear seniors have been members of all four teams. Shane Logston, Jacob Ford, Justin Bailey, Kyle Woodruff and Bub Haddox joined the baseball squad as freshmen. Fellow senior Garrett Kubiskey played for the first time this year.

“It’s the program,” senior Justin Bailey said. “The program has gotten better. It’s been a great experience, it’s been wild. To be a part of four straight is an incredible experience. To come back after losing the first game and to win it again is special.”

Fellow senior Jacob Ford’s older brother Ryan was a starter on the 2011 team when Jacob was a freshmen but the younger Ford said this one was really special. “Winning four straight is great, but winning this one, with these guys, that’s special,” Jacob Ford said.

Teammate Kyle Woodruff said, “We’ve all been friends since day one, its been great to experience this with these guys.”

“After not playing well Monday, for us to come back and win it, that’s just great,” Bub Haddox said.

Head coach Mat Deveaney saw a more focused team Wednesday night.

“It was important to them to get that fourth one. They’re gamers, they don’t like to lose,” Deveaney said.

As the Bears prepare to meet Ravenswood Monday for the regional title, post season awards have already started for the Bears. Haddox, a first team all-state selection last year was recently named OVAC class 4A player of the year and will play in the annual OVAC All-Star game on June 2 at Steubenville’s Vaccaro Field. Haddox will continue his academic and baseball career at West Liberty University in the fall.