It’s history in the making as the Oak Glen boys’ baseball team makes its first trip to the state tournament in 52 years. Students, teachers and proud parents sent the team off to playoffs with a bang Thursday.
The Oak Glen baseball team will be representing the northern panhandle in the state tournament as they face against the Chapmanville Tigers Friday at 10 a.m.
Oak Glen players said that despite some nerves they may be feeling, they can’t wait to take the field.
“Everyone is excited, we know how big this is for the school and how much this means for everybody around here so we’re hoping that we can represent our community in a great way,” Junior pitcher Zach Porter said.
Students, teachers and family members lined up outside of the school to cheer on the team as they packed up the bus and began their trip to Charleston.
Head coach Mat Deveaney said it has been a long, tough road to get to this point. By beating out teams like Weir High, Roane County and Fairmont Senior, the Golden Bears were able to clinch a playoff sport for the first time in decades.
“It’s unbelievable the kind of things we’ve gone through this season, and the way they’ve come out on top and the way that they just kept working for our goals, it’s hard to put one word around it, but I’m very proud of how the boys have done,” Deveaney said.
Deveaney credits their success to the amount of talent on the team and their resiliency to battle back during a game.
Patrick Reardon, one of the few seniors on the team, said it means a lot to be able to end his career at Oak Glen on such a positive note.
“You always want to do the best that you can and to leave here on really the best note that we’ve ever been on, it truly means a lot,” Reardon said.
If they beat the Chapmanville Tigers, they will advance to the finals where they will face off against the winner of the Bridgeport-Pikeview game.