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Internet Tough Guys
June 15, 2012 - Jay Bennett
Usually, I don't even bother because it's a waste of time.
However, sometimes even I have to take exception to some things and being an Internet tough guy is one of them.
When it comes to all-state softball or baseball teams, or basically any squads the sports writers pick in general, no one is going to wholeheartedly agree with what is decided.
That's just the nature of the business. Always has been and always will be.
With that being said, I'd just like to put it out there that there's no doubt in my mind recent Ritchie County graduate Allison DeLancey is the best softball player in the Mountain State.
Not only is she the reigning West Virginia State Player of the Year, but she could very well be a two-time award winner for that matter.
Believe me, having been on the all-state baseball committee for a number of years I've seen some funky numbers and some crazy things in regards to stats.
It amazes me people think Allison DeLancey could not have hit .622 during her senior campaign. I sure didn't watch every Rebel game this year, but I saw several and have been watching DeLancey perform since she was a freshman. Heck, even back then I thought she could've held her own on a Division II volleyball court.
I throughouly enjoyed hearing about DeLancey's success at Thursday night's North-South All-Star games at Buffalo where she managed to only reach base in eight of her nine plate appearances, played about every position on the field and won MVP honors for the North in the first game.
While some people might want to sit behind a computer screen ID and try to belittle someone like DeLancey, I'm sure she doesn't really care. She also happened to win the fastest running time award from first to third base when she did it in a mere 5.57 seconds.
Hopefully, before too long into the future West Virginia University will have a softball program and perhaps give DeLancey another shot at playing on the diamond if she so desires.
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