Area softballers to participate in North-South game

BUFFALO – All-star games are usually a time when players can showcase their individual talents and have fun while doing so.

Nine softball players from the area will get a chance to do exactly that when the North/South High School Senior All-Star softball game takes place at noon on Thursday at the Buffalo Softball Complex.

Ritchie County softball coach Dave Mossor will helm the North squad for the fourth time in his 33 year coaching career, while his brother Bill Mossor will serve as assistant coach along with Marie Schafer of Nicholas Coutny and Wes Ezell of Doddridge County.

Mossor boasts a 5-3 overall record in all-star contests and this year’s squad will feature nine local players in the lineup starting with Ripley’s Darby Petersen at pitcher and Kelsey Moore at shortstop.

Four Ritchie County players in outfielder Kristen Seese, infielder Leah Kuhn, pitcher Kenna DeLancey and third baseman Tracy Lamp are on the roster.

Rounding out the rest of the roster will be two pitchers from Parkersburg South in Megan Bosely and Sydney Smith, while center fielder Baylee Hilling of Parkersburg will make up the last of local area players for the North.

Before the action gets underway, however, a skills competition will take place at 10:30 a.m. with a series of different events such as how fast a player can run, how long they can pitch, how far they can bunt and how many home runs they can hit.

As far as format there will be three games, one right after the other, and each player will have an opportunity to start in at least one of the two games and starting duties will be split in the third and final game.

Players will also get a chance to pick MVPs for each game with someone from South picking someone from the North and someone from the North picking someone from the South.

Games of this nature are often a toss-up and generally it’s more about having fun than it is winning or losing, but Bill Mossor spoke about what the expectations are for coaching an all-star game.

“Well, it’s about having fun, but you want to win and Dave wants to win,” said Mossor. “These games are very competitive, and there are a lot of good ball players.”

Mossor also gave a hint that his brother was contemplating retirement.

“I’ll tell you, Dave was really thinking this was going to be his last year,” explained Mossor. “He’s been coaching for 33 years and next year will be a rebuilding year for him, but he’s now giving serious consideration to continue coaching.”

The assistant coach also mentioned about what an honor it was for he and his brother to coach this particular group of athletes, some of which they will be coaching for the very last time, while also offering some praise for the head coach.

“It really is an honor to coach this group,” he said. “We’re both looking forward to it and a lot of the players who are chosen are chosen by ability and Dave is one of the most skilled people in the world at picking out quality ball players.”

Quality over quantity.