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Scholar Athlete of the Week
from Eyewitness Sports Online


Student: Caylen Baire
School: St. Albans High School
Primary Sport: Baseball

The high school baseball season in West Virginia is just a few weeks away before sectional tournament action begins. St. Albans will be involved in one of the state's toughest regions. Caylen Baire is more than ready to meet the challenge head on.

Like any senior, Baire hopes to take that final season the distance. Baire will do whatever it takes, and for him it starts with getting defensive.

"I've worked my butt off in the offseason," he said. "I've only made one error this year so far. It's actually been my best season on the field so far defensive-wise. It's the least amount of errors I've had since I played."

His bat is coming alive as the 2009 season moves along.

"I came off hitting about the mid-.200's which wasn't very good," he admitted. "But now I've raised it up to .370. I've stolen a lot of bases this year. My season's been going pretty good so far. I'm trying to repeat from last year."

While contributing both offensively and defensively, Baire also prides himself on being a team leader

"I came in here as a freshman and played with some All-State players," he said. "I kind of looked up to them as being a freshman. I've tried to do what they've done."

The players also look up to Baire for what he does off the field.

"My parents have always stressed to me school's first and then focus on baseball," said Baire, who carries a 4.25 grade point average.

Here are the Baire facts about this young man: He's a solid winner, who hopes the wins pile up earning St. Albans a trip to Appalachian Power Park and the State Tournament in June.

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