Oak Glen heads south — again

ELLENBORO, W.Va. – Oak Glen has seen its opponent and surroundings, so now knows what to expect.

The question is can the Golden Bears (17-10) recover from a 1-0 deficit heading into the top of the fourth inning at Ritchie County in a Class AA, Region I semifinal.

Friday’s game was halted by rain after three innings and the host Rebels (23-4) will try to finish the job when action resumes at 2:30 p.m. today.

Oak Glen head coach Morgan Martin watched freshman Hannah Clunk record six strikeouts during three innings of two-hit ball, but a walk to Little Kanawha Conference Player of the Year Kenna DeLancey proved costly.

DeLancey, who also had six punchouts and retired nine straight to start the game, fanned the Oak Glen side in the top of the first.

After reaching base to start the home half of the first, DeLancey quickly stole second. En route to stealing third, the throw was errant and she scooted home for the game’s lone run.

Clark retired Vanessa Tallman on strikes to get the first out, but Rebel catcher Abby Burgess followed with a double to right-center. Emilee Phillips’ outstretched glove while running at full speed into the gap almost got it, but the ball glanced off her webbing.

Burgess proceeded to swipe third and after catcher Mikayla Crane’s throw got away from Ashley Pryor, Rebel head man Dave Mossor sent his senior captain home.

However, Pryor managed to grab the ball a short distance away from the bag at third and fired home. Burgess slid in, but was called out.

Clunk then retired five of the next six Rebels via strikeout. The lone blemish was a four-pitch walk to Moie Ray to open the second.

Tallman had a two-out bunt single in the third, but was left stranded after stealing second when a Burgess bash to center got caught in the windy conditions.

DeLancey, who recorded three assists on comebackers by Logan Andrews, Clunk and Aly Snow, launched a shot prior to Burgess’ at-bat in the third. What started just left of dead-center turned into a tough scoop catch in the gap by left fielder Erin Fields at the warning track.

Today when plays resumes, Maryssa Durante is due up to begin the top of the fourth for the Golden Bears.