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AOW: Moore dominates competition on mound

July 17, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer
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During the 11-12-year-old Little League inter-city team tournament in June, Imperial's Brock Moore proved to be one of the better baseball players competing, leading his team to the Valley championship.

In the 11-12-year-old Little League District 22 all-star tournament, Moore is again proving to be a standout for Imperial.

On Wednesday he pitched a no-hitter against the Sunbeam all-stars, leading Imperial to a 1-0 victory.

"When I went into that game I wasn't even thinking about throwing a no-hitter. I just wanted to go and pitch," said the 12-year-old Moore. "I really wasn't throwing that good the first few innings. It wasn't until about the third or fourth inning that I actually found my rhythm."

Once Moore did find his rhythm he was unstoppable. He mowed down Sunbeam batters, striking out a total of 13.

"It wasn't until about the fourth inning that I started realizing that I could throw the no-hitter. Then I felt really good about my chances in the fifth. It was in the fifth that I just told myself that I wasn't going to let anyone on base," said Moore. "I think I started getting into the batters' minds. I could tell that they were getting a little scared."

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Moore didn't have the comfort of a big lead to ease his mind. Even with a one-run lead he said he felt calm and composed.

In other games this year Moore usually had started feeling fatigued by the fourth inning. But against Sunbeam, he said, his arm was feeling stronger as each inning passed.

While he did have one of the best performances, he said he didn't do as well as he could have.

"I didn't start all that great. I think I could've pitched a lot better the first couple of innings," said Moore. "I think if I would've done what I did later in the game in the first couple of innings, I would've had more strikeouts. I've pitched better games before where I've had more strikeouts. So I think I probably could've done a little better.

"All the teams we've played in this tournament were pretty good and were tough. But we have a good team, too, and I think we'll do pretty good the rest of the tournament."

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