By Chet Piotrowski

One would think Charleston’s Karah Moore is a veteran prep pitcher based on this week’s performance.

But the right-hander is only a sophomore.

Yet, Moore posted a 1.25 earned-run average in 28 innings – including limiting Teutopolis to just one unearned run in the Trojans’ 9-1 Apollo Conference opening win Saturday morning. She also struck out eight, walked two and scattered eight hits.

“Karah was really locked in the circle,” Charleston head coach Blain Mayhall said. “She got out of a couple situations early and the bats woke up a little earlier than we have been. Really was a solid game from top to bottom. Offense, defense, base running – it was pretty solid.”

In the seven-day period, the sophomore has recorded 22 strikeouts to just 7 walks with a .675 strike percentage.

Charleston’s Karah Moore allowed only five runs in four complete-game victories this past week. (Photo/Mike Moore)

The Trojans went ahead 1-0 in the first inning on four walks that forced in a run.

The Trojans had one of its big innings in the fourth, scoring six runs to break open the game. Maci Mayhall doubled on a bunt down the third-base line, sending Erin Blair to third after reaching base on a bunt.

Ashlynn McPeak, who went 3-for-5 and scored twice, singled to drive in Blair, making it 2-0. Addison Shrader then tripled on a liner to right field, scoring Mayhall and McPeak. Shrader scored on an Ava Stephens fly out. After Reagan McGahey stole second, Moore helped herself at the plate by doubling to center field, scoring McGahey for a 6-0 lead. Moore, who went 2-for-2 with two walks, advanced to third on Morgan Dickey’s single.

The Trojans pulled a double steal sending Dickey to second with Moore stealing home, giving Charleston a 7-0 lead.

Two errors led to a Teutopolis run by Probst in the bottom of the fourth, but that’s all the offense the Wooden Shoes could muster against Moore, playing without several players due to injury.

“She’s a very composed kid in the circle,” Mayhall said. “She doesn’t get flustered if someone hits her hard or a home run. She wants the ball back and let’s go again. That’s the mentality and attitude you have to have when you’re a pitcher. You kind of control the game. Not to get flustered when things don’t go your way. She’s even-keeled in that way and that’s big for our team.”

Moore said she comes out to have fun.

“Starting off the week, I knew there was going to be lots of games,” she said, “but I have confidence going into it because of the girls behind me. I just go out there and have fun. I can let loose.”

Mayhall gave her a rest Friday by starting Mikayla Lane, who did not allow an earned run in a complete-game victory over Olney.

“I think going into it I think everyone was excited to get the conference (play) going,” Moore said. “I was really amped to get playing. Knowing I was starting, I had the mindset that this team was going to be good. I knew I had the girls behind me and they were ready to go, too. I just went out there and threw and knew they were there to pick me up, if I had any problem.”

Charleston is now 8-1, while Teutopolis drops to 3-4.

Emily Davis and Tommie Carver drove in three runs apiece to lead the Charleston JV to an 11-1 victory. Erin Blair and Kailee Gough drove in two runs each.