Region Preview: Class AA - Region IV

By Greg Williams
WV Director of Scouting

With the start of the high school season is less than a month away we will be previewing each region in each classification statewide. In addition to a look at the top teams we will also highlight some of the top prospects in each region. Look for our initial Elite Eight team rankings in each classification to appear later this month.

                 Class AA - Region IV

Preseason Favorite

Sissonville (18-14)  

Chapmanville Regional advanced to Charleston in 2014 and returns enough firepower to make things interesting, but our money is on Sissonville to come out of Region IV this year. The Indians have made strides in each of the past two years, playing a number of close games in losses in 2014. A once young roster is now experienced and primed for a run at the state tournament.

Preseason Player of the Year

Tristan ThompsonTristan Thompson, SS/RHP, Chapmanville Regional HS (Class of 2015)

Thompson is a 5-foot-10, 165-pound right-handed hitter that utilizes a lift and replace stride foot out of a square stance to barrel the baseball routinely with a bat exit velocity of 83 mph. Currently ranked No. 23 in the WV Class of 2015, Thompson has excellent rhythm to his swing and the ball jumps of his barrel to all fields. The middle infielder also displays a soft glove hand and the ability to play through the baseball with throws of 74 mph across the diamond. Thompson topped at 84 mph out of a high 3/4 arm slot with an overhead rocker delivery during last years state semifinals while commanding a 73 mph slider.

Top Prospects

Chapmanville Regional

Tristan Thompson Chris Bailey
    Thompson             Bailey

Tristan Thompson, SS/RHP, (Class of 2015, ranked No. 23 in class)
Chris Bailey, C/RHP, (Class of 2017, ranked No. 7 in class)        

Clay County

Cooper Osborne 

Cooper Osborne, C (Class of 2016, ranked No. 26 in class)

Herbert Hoover

Shaun Dotson Joel Ridenour 
       Dotson              Ridenour          

Shaun Dotson, OF (Class of 2015, ranked No. 36 in class)
Joel Ridenour, C/RHP (Class of 2015)

Mingo Central

* The Miners will look to improve on last year's 3-24 finish.

Nicholas County

* The Grizzlies return 12 players from last year's roster that finished 12-13.


Noah Frampton Austin Henrich 
     Frampton            Henrich              

Noah Frampton, 2B/RHP, Class of 2015, (ranked No. 29 in class)
Austin Henrich, RHP/1B, Class of 2016 (ranked No. 12 in class)


* The Skyhawks look to build on their 11-24 record from 2014.


Jacob Fisher Houston Hill Josh Landis J.R. Stricklen
        Fisher                  Hill                   Landis               Stricklen 

Jacob Fisher, 2B/OF (Class of 2016, ranked No. 18 in class)
Houston Hill, 3B/1B (Class of 2015, ranked No. 28 in class)
Josh Landis, C/SS (Class of 2016, ranked No. 20 in class)
J.R. Stricklen, 3B/2B (Class of 2105, ranked No. 41 in class) 


* The Rebels look to rebound from a winless 2014 campaign. 


Cody Stiltner 

Cody Stiltner, OF (Class of 2016, ranked No. 34 in class)

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