Taft's Will Moore competes for two travel teams
There are not too many times a success in one sport will carry over into another.
Taft High baseball pitcher Will Moore may have done just that as he works on his game for next season by competing for a pair of summer league baseball teams.
"It's a good experience," Moore said of playing travel ball.
Moore plays for the Trosky Peninsula 16 and under team and the Bakersfield Cardinals team. The Trosky team is made up of players from places like Salinas, Santa Cruz, Hollister and Gilroy according to the Trosky baseball website.
Moore found out about the Trosky team when his friend's dad, Robin Adkins, referred them to Moore.
Moore tried out for Trosky in Pacific Grove (on the Monterey Peninsula) and has played mostly in Northern California.
Moore and his team have played some showcases and college game days in Central and Southern California.
Out of the two travel teams, the Trosky team is the bigger one according to Moore.
With the Trosky team he would play every weekend, while with the Bakersfield Cardinals it is every now and then.
If its a regular tournament for Trosky he'll play for Bakersfield.
"Trosky is something to do to get you to the next level," Moore said.
When he plays for the Cardinals, Moore played the shortstop and pitching positions. With Trosky it is strictly pitching.
The best part of the travel ball experience for Moore is meeting new faces.
"Probably getting to meet everyone and seeing the coaches from different colleges," he said.
By playing travel ball, Moore has noticed a difference in his game.
"It's gotten really better," he said. "Every team I've played for has gotten me better. Playing on better teams its helped me gain velocity. Everything's looking good."
As a pitcher, Moore takes precautions in order not to wear out his arm.
Prior to the game he takes precautions by stretching and warming up properly.
"Before you pitch, you got to go through a routine," he said. "If you want to be on your A game, you got to do everything right."
He will take precautions even after the game ends by icing his arm immediately when he gets home and takes an IB profen.
Moore, who will be entering his junior year of high school, has noticed a change in the speed of his pitches before playing travel ball and after.
Before joining the travel ball teams, Moore was throwing in the upper 70's.
Once he started playing travel ball Moore was throwing up to 83 and 84 miles per hour.
Moore throws four different types of pitches-the curveball, two seam and four seam fastballs along with the change up.
Out of the pitches he throws, Moore's toughest pitch is the curveball but yet it is his most impressive pitch.
Despite joining the travel team, Moore throws the same pitches he has always thrown but practicing for Trosky has made his pitches more accurate.
The travel ball schedule runs until the end of the month but Moore is giving his arm a rest for about five weeks.
In the meantime, he is working on strengthening and staying healthy for fall ball.
"I've been throwing a lot over the summer," Moore said on why he stopped. "It sucks but if it helps my arm and gets me to the next level then that's what it has to be."
Once his high school career is over, Moore would like to go to Fresno Pacific or Point Loma College.
He would also like to play baseball as long as he could and even play in the pros someday.
Baseball was not the only sport Moore was successful in growing up.
In 2005, when he was seven years old, Moore had just started competing for the Taft Tigersharks swim club and had advanced to the Central California Swimming Junior Olympics and the Kern County Championship in Bakersfield that year.
At the Junior Olympics in Fresno, Moore finished third in the 50 meter backstroke with a personal record time of 52.94.
He also finished fourth with a time of 59.50.
During the Kern County championships that year, Moore was first in the age seven breaststroke and second in the Division A level of the IM.
In one late season meet, Moore had won seven races.
Despite his success with the Tigersharks, Moore's heart was and is in baseball.
"I always liked baseball but my mom likes swimming," he said. "I just rather play baseball than swim. That's what I am good at."