On the bright side, Winfield had no seniors on its softball roster entering this season, meaning the entire team will be back in the fold — barring injury or transfers — once play begins next season.

When the subject comes up in conversation, I often tell people that Hurricane’s softball team — in particular the 2017 version — was not only the most talented prep team I’ve ever covered, but likely the most talented prep team in any sport in the history of West Virginia high school athletics.

As Herbert Hoover softball pitcher Delani Buckner stood before well-wishers as she signed her letter of intent Wednesday to play for Appalachian State University, tears welled in her eyes. Those tears weren’t from sadness, but for joy in what’s to come and gratitude for everyone who had help…

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