Karah Moore doesn’t have to wait any longer. After putting pen to paper, the Charleston High School senior can officially say she will be at Lake Land Laker. The two-time All-State selection will be a pitcher and hitter for the team.
“It is very exciting, but somehow it won’t feel super real til I move in and am living it,” said Moore.
Last year, the Lakers qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament and figure to be a contender once again this season. Moore looks to continue the trend of competing at a high level.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to be a part of a successful and competitive program,” said Moore. “I have been fortunate playing on very competitive teams all of my time in travel softball. I’m hoping to be a productive addition to the program. I’m hoping to bring to the program whatever the coaches need.”
Moore is coming off a successful junior campaign. Moore led the Trojans with a .505 batting average that included going 55 of 109 from the plate with 39 runs batted in, 12 doubles, and 11 home runs. In the pitcher’s mound, Moore was 13-6 with a 1.79 earned run average in 117.1 innings pitched with 114 strikeouts.
As a sophomore, Moore was a Second-Team All-State and First-Team All-Apollo selection. . Moore posted an 18-0 record, threw a perfect game, had a 1.61 earned run average, and struck out 103 batters in 125 ⅔ innings pitched. For now, the Trojans are the back-to-back Apollo Conference champions.
“She is a beast in the circle and always controls her emotions,” said CHS coach Blain Mayhall when Moore verbally committed to Lake Land in the spring. “She has trust in her defense and throws knowing they have her back. Obviously, she is a great pitcher, but I’m equally impressed with her progression up to bat. She has continued to work her tail off and it shows in the batters box as well as the circle.”
After her sophomore season, Lake Land coach Nic Nelson invited Moore for a college visit. Moore said she wasn’t thinking about college at the time. She had some schools interested in her, specifically Frontier College out of Fairfield, but after her visit, she didn’t need to wait, nor let this season play out to make her final decision.
“I knew I had so much time and it never really occurred to me how fast high school can go by,” said Moore. “I took a few months and really thought about if I felt that it was the right fit for me and I truly believe that it is the best fit for me as I approach college. I also know that Coach Thornburg can work well with me and my pitching as I went to many of his pitching clinics when I was younger.”
Moore will continue a trend in the family as a college athlete. Her brother, a CHS alum, was a pitcher at Greenville University. Moore said that she is thankful to her family for their support during this journey, as well as many others.
“My family, they’ve been my biggest supporters,” said Moore. “My brother definitely because watching him play baseball as i grew up made me want to become as good as if not better than him at pitching and the sport itself. My friends who have helped to add fun to the sport by sharing their love of the sport year by year. Lastly, my coaches have invested in me along the way. Jess Edwards, Wes Frederick, Blain Mayhall, along with Amber May, Melissa Cole, and Denny Throneburg.