Ritchie softball talented

If one ever wants to get veteran Ritchie County head softball coach Dave Mossor fired up, just ask him about the regional alignments for the postseason.

Honestly, I don’t blame him for the way he feels and he’s 100 percent correct on his assumptions about how things are done. However, he’s not really in a position to talk about it at length because sometimes – as they say – discretion is the better part of valor.

With that being said, Mossor and his youthful Rebel team from Ellenboro continues on and thus far in the early going, Ritchie County has done quite well.

I was able to take in a game last week where the Rebels took care of business against St. Marys to stay undefeated.

Although Ritchie County lost its fair share of “big guns” from its roster last season, there’s no reason to think the Rebels are going to be anything but successful this spring.

Even though 2012 didn’t end with a state championship as it had the year before, being the Class AA state runner-up to Wayne wasn’t the worst way the Rebels could’ve ended the season.

Of course, no one wanted to win another state title more than Mossor, but it wasn’t in the cards at the end of the day.

Having covered more than my fair share of prep softball teams in the Mid-Ohio Valley throughout the years, I have to say I like the mixture of talent on the Rebels’ roster this year, albeit they are definitely on the young side.

Through just the first seven games of the season, sophomore leadoff hitter Vanessa Tallman already has swiped a dozen bases and freshman Kenna DeLancey, the younger sister of two-time West Virginia state softball player of the year Allison DeLancey, is off to a more than solid start. The younger DeLancey, who joins 10th-grader Moie Ray in comprising the Rebels’ top two starting pitchers, was hitting near .700 with nine steals and 13 runs-batted-in.

Speaking of prep stats, once again I will be doing the Mid-Ohio Valley softball and baseball leaders starting next week. I encourage all area coaches and/or statisticians to submit their stats before 3 p.m. each Monday.

  • If you’re looking for a family outing this evening on spring break, at least consider heading down to Appalachian Power Park to take in the 7:05 p.m. W.Va. Power season opener versus the Asheville Tourists.

There is some pretty decent talent fans will get a chance to see this year in Charleston, at least according to Baseball Prospectus.

The Power features three of Pittsburgh’s top 10 minor league prospects in outfielder Josh Bell (No. 6), catcher Wyatt Mathisen (No. 7) and 6-foot-7 right-handed starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow, who is ranked eighth and is a potential middle of the rotation MLB starter down the road.

Also of note, Power second baseman Dilson Herrera and starting pitcher Clay Holmes are considered prospects on the rise.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com