Cobden's Moore Leads By Example On And Off Field


By WSIL Sports

COBDEN -- Cobden's baseball team is enjoying a solid 2014 campaign. The Appleknockers are currently 18-10. A big reason for the team's success is due to their pitcher.

Cobden senior Zach Moore began playing baseball at a young age,  pitching during the summer for the Cobden League team. Moore loved the game, and now in his senior year. He is one of the top pitchers in the state.

"This year I think I am just throwing a lot of strikes," said Moore. "I have been able to throw most pitches that I want to and throw for strikes pretty much any count that I need to."

"He has welcomed every challenge and he gets out there and competes," said Cobden head coach Craig Partridge. "He wants the ball in tough situations."

Moore currently leads the state in wins and strikeouts. He is 8-1 and has struck out a whopping 113 batters. He also ranks third in the state in ERA.

"It is a lot of fun to think about and maybe I will look back at it when I am older but right now it is a lot of fun to go out and pitch and pitch well," said Moore.
Moore doesn't just excel on the baseball diamond either. His competitive spirit carries over to the classroom as well, where his GPA ranks second in his class.

"School is just as much of a competition to me as baseball is," said Moore. "I like to be the best that I can be. I hate it when others get better grades than me."
"(He's) ultra competitive in the classroom and he gets the most out of everyday that he is here," said Partridge.

Once Moore's career comes to an end at Cobden, he will take his talents to the collegiate level to compete for Southeast Missouri State.



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