Highlanders looking for Moore success on the baseball field
Midnight, April 6
It’s a natural concern for a coach to worry that a senior who has already won a state championship, earned state pitcher of the year honors, got his picture in Sports Illustrated, and signed with Oregon State could get a little big-headed, but that remains just a joke when it comes to Moore.
“That stuff is nonexistent with him,” Nicholsen said. “The nice thing about Andrew is that he is no different than any kid he is sitting next to. If it a freshman on the trip to a game, he treats them like they are his college teammates next year. In his mind, he’s not above anyone.”
Moore said that attitude was inspired by a quote he read from Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido.
“Baseball is a weird game, and he said, ‘Once you think you are good and you’ve got it all figured out, baseball will kick your butt’,” Moore said. “That’s what I always think about. I always want to improve, and there are always ways to get better.”
Part of Moore’s low-key demeanor might be because, at 6 feet tall, he doesn’t look at first glance like one of the best pitchers in the state. Yet his fastball can reach 91 miles per hour, and he mixes it with a curveball and a slider. Moore is also a tireless student of the game.
“Every time I pitch, I videotape it and watch to see what I’m doing,” he said. “Making sure I have good fundamentals all the time. Sometimes I find myself trying to throw too hard, and that takes away from my off-speed stuff, so I’m trying not to do too much. I feel like if I get into a good rhythm, it just comes naturally.”
Moore has been doing that since his sophomore year, when he pitched the Highlanders to their first state title by throwing a three-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory over Ashland. He was 11-4 with a 1.35 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 93 innings that year and went 9-2 with a 0.53 ERA and 132 strikeouts in 80 innings as a junior.