Winfield High School Student-Athlete Honored
Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. is pleased to present this week’s male “Gamer of the Week” Award to Evan Clay, Senior, Winfield High School.
Coming into this season, Clay had high expectations for the Generals. This is his “last rodeo” and he wants to leave it all on the diamond in his senior campaign. The season has been back and forth, but the team is resilient and has shown the makings of a promising season. Along with a win against second ranked Chapmanville, they showed great fortitude in a one run win against Nitro High. In that contest, Clay threw his first of two complete games so far. He also struck out four batters while giving up only one earned run.
His second complete game, and Clay’s second win of the season came in a 4-3 win over Wayne. He gave up only 5 singles across 7 innings of work.
Clay also drove in the winning run with 2 outs in the bottom of the final inning. His ERA stands at 1.35, and this makes him one of the top pitchers in Putnam County.
To be a dominate pitcher, you must have an effective strategy for the game. In regard to his game plan, Evan said, “Going into the game, I wanted to keep hitters off balance by changing my speeds. I also wanted to make sure I didn’t give them anything they could square up on.”
Clay also plays right field for the Generals. Each position requires a different mindset prior to the game and during the game. “When you pitch, you need an aggressive mentality, and rely on your defense when you allow a hit.” Clay continued, “Coach does a great job preparing us for each game. He continually reminds us of our fundamentals and helps put us in the best position to succeed.”
The Generals hold a .500 record with twenty games left. Their senior pitcher has a lot of optimism for the rest of the season, and wants to take advantage of the remaining schedule. The past three seasons Evan and his teammates have fallen to Point Pleasant in sectionals. However, this season has a different feel to it. This team is stocked with talent and capable of making a run at any time.
Clay credits a lot of their success and preparation to their coach, Will Issacs who is equally impressed with his senior leader. Great teams are made up of quality players and Issacs feels that he has one in Clay. “He demonstrates the high character you want to see in a young man. He is an extremely hard worker and leader on and off the field for us and it reflects in his grades. We are fortunate to have him on our team,” says Issacs.
Although he plays baseball, it’s the people outside of baseball that matter to Clay. Before mentioning any players as mentors, Evan quickly named his parents, Greg and Cathy, as his role models. They are also very supportive of him in his endeavors and set a great example for him.
While he is excelling in athletics, his 3.7 Grade Point Average proves he is working in the classroom as well. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club. This upcoming fall, Evan plans on attending West Virginia University. While he is still in high school, Evan is going to give the Generals everything he has to win a state championship.
Do you know of someone who you think should be next week’s ‘Gamer of the Week’? Please email us at MSmith@TeaysPTCenter.com and tell us why you think they should receive the award.
Please check back with us next week for the next “Gamer of the Week” sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc.
Teays Physical Therapy has centers in St. Albans and Teays Valley.
Publisher’s note: This news release was provided by Teays Physical Therapy. Game pictures are provided by Ed Conner Photography.