"Repeat" was the word on the minds of Ritchie County softball players, coaches and fans this entire season. The Lady Rebels were going after a second straight Class ‘AA' title and things looked good throughout the whole season. Things looked good right up until the championship game. Ritchie needed a win over Wayne to take home the big trophy but unfortunately the Lady Rebels bats went cold and Wayne beat the Rebels twice to take the crown.
Ritchie softball had to settle for second place but star player Allison DeLancey didn't. After the season was all said and done, DeLancey repeated as captain of the First Team All-State squad. Then, recently, the senior was named the state Player of the Year in a unanimous decision by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. That marks back-to-back award for DeLancey as captain of First Team All-State and as Player of the year.
DeLancey finished her senior campaign with a .622 batting average, knocking 56 hits including 12 home runs, nine double and six triples. She recorded 46 RBI and scored 57 runs of her own. DeLancey also stole 39 bases. She was walked 26 times, sometimes intentionally, and DeLancey struck out just one all season.
DeLancey played catcher and shortstop but she has chosen to attend West Virginia University in the fall. The Mountaineers do not have a softball team. That's alright, DeLancey has been invited to try out for the WVU volleyball team.
Also in the Top 5 of voting for the state Player of the Year is Robert C. Byrd junior pitcher Mecca Henderson.