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Area trio playing key role in WVU baseball’s success

Updated: Friday, May 9 2014, 07:13 PM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The WVU baseball team enters the final two weekends of regular season play with a legitimate shot at making the NCAA Tournament.
Three players who have contributed to the Mountaineers’ success are Ohio Valley natives Justin Fox, Max Nogay and Corey Walter. When they competed against each other in high school and American Legion ball, there was no love lost. But now, at the next level, they are all wearing the same color jersey, representing West Virginia University in the Big 12 Conference.
“I wouldn't say hated, I just knew they were the other two best guys and whenever I played them, I knew I had to be better than them,” Walter said.
Walter went to Wheeling Park, Nogay to Madonna, and Fox to Magnolia.
So who was the most confident in their high school playing days?
“Max Nogay for sure,” Fox said as Walter nodded and pointed at Nogay in agreement.
“I could disagree with that, but two against one so I'll take the fall there,” Nogay said.
The three may not have played against each other a lot, but they each have something to say about when they did.
“Well my favorite moment was Max was pitching against us,” Fox said. “He threw one to me and I hit one right up the middle, and I hit him in the knee and he dropped and got taken out of the game for a little bit. We took the starting pitcher out and we were all pumped up in the dugout.”
That’s not how Nogay remembers it.
“Well my version of the story was the ball may have hit my leg, but I think there was a rain delay, so I think that's why I was out,” Nogay said.
Nogay was 1-for-1 off Walter in his career.
“Corey here came to Weirton and I got to face him one time in high school and I had one hit off of him,” Nogay said.
Walter said the only place that hit looked good was in the box score.
“I had him 1-2; I threw him like eight pitches and he finally handled one over the second baseman’s head. It wasn't a real hit. A wood bat, it would have been broken.
Joking aside, they all have carried their success into the collegiate level. All three have moments that stick out in a WVU uniform.
Walter earned a victory against Oklahoma state last season in a WVU comeback. Fox had a game-winning hit against North Carolina. Nogay hit a go-ahead grand slam against Baylor at Power Park in Charleston.
So what about the next level?
“I haven't given up yet,” Fox, a junior, said. “It never really crossed my mind that I wasn’t going to make it. It just takes that one guy that sees you and says, ‘we want you.’ I don't have any doubts until that time comes when you’re done.”
Walter, a senior, is a candidate to be selected in next month’s First Year Player Draft.
“I’m still going for it,” he said. “Only have another month.”
Nogay, also a junior, said he’ll let the chips fall where they may.
“Well I’m just along for the ride,” he said. “But I think I have a pretty good backup plan with law school so whatever happens, happens.”

Area trio playing key role in WVU baseball’s success

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