Gamers of the Week

Evan Clay, Senior, Winfield High School.

Male Gamer of the Week – Evan Clay of Winfield High School

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s Male Gamer of the Week award to Evan Clay, Senior, Winfield High School.

By Micaiah Branch, Assistant Potential Plus Director

Coming into this season, Evan 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 his second win of the season came in a 4-3 win over Wayne.  Evan gave up only 5 singles across 7 innings of work.  He 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.”

Evan 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.

Evan credits a lot of their success and preparation to their coach, Will Issacs.  Coach Issacs 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,” said Issacs.
Although he plays baseball, it’s the people outside of baseball that matter to Evan.  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 GPA 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. 

Look for more Gamers of the Week presented by the Putnam Herald and Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. every Friday.

If you would like to nominate a Gamer of the Week please have a coach or Athletic Director contact Casey at Teays Physical Therapy Center at (304) 757-7293.