Ritchie’s Dave Mossor ready to play ball

Veteran Ritchie County head softball coach Dave Mossor is ready to get back on the diamond and play softball.

However, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, only time will tell if spring sports will take place at all in 2020.

At this point the Rebels should’ve been heading toward the 10th game of their campaign.

“I’m just about as distraught as I’ve been in years,” admitted Mossor.

I completely understand where he’s coming from.

Holding out hope some portion of the year will be saved, Mossor has very good reason for that.

“Chloe was throwing the freaking ball. I mean it wouldn’t have been fair,” Mossor said of junior fireballer Chloe Elliott, who earned first team Class A all-state honors as a sophomore following an 18-win season that featured 265 strikeouts and 0.77 earned run average.

“The hitting is way better. I got nine or 10 girls that can really run, under three seconds for 60 feet. It’s a dang shame boys. I was looking forward to this year. I’ve got the most speed I’ve ever had on a ball team. It’s unbelievable.”

Mossor, who is no spring chicken, admitted “I don’t know what’s going to happen with the virus. I don’t know about that. I hope I don’t get it.

“I’m 70. I’m right there at the cusp of going over the hill. I hope I don’t get it. I got too much to do. I got another 10 years of softball.”

Mossor said he opted to use his flex days before the season.

“We got in 11 (official) practices,” said the coach. “I want to tell you something, we’re really looking good down the road for the next five to six years in softball, but St. Marys is going to have a good bunch of players, too. I don’t know about Williamstown in the future.”

A year ago the gang from Ellenboro advanced to the regional final before falling to Wheeling Central, 1-0.

Ritchie County made the Little Kanawha Conference tournament and finished fourth after losing to eventual champ Gilmer County in the semifinals.

“I know that I might have a couple of freshmen that would start, might, but the sophomores are a year older and they are hungrier,” said Mossor, who fielded perhaps his youngest squad ever last spring.

“They didn’t know what to expect. We squandered opportunities against Wheeling Central up there. We lost four or five runners. The kids weren’t old enough, didn’t know the game, but they seem to be a lot smarter this year.”

Like many, Mossor is keeping his fingers crossed with hopes the season will get underway at some point.

“I just don’t know what to think,” he added. “I’ve bit my tongue more than I normally do. I have. I just don’t know what to say.

“I just can’t with my small pea brain figure out what really is going on and why they are doing certain things. I’m not the smartest fish in the ocean, but I’m an intelligent person, I think.”


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