Moyer’s goal: A return trip to state tourney
Cats shoot for third straight Kansas Class 5A berth
Two years removed from the memories of a state softball championship, Brooke Moyer is looking to make her final season in a DeSoto High softball uniform another to remember.
But that 1998 season will always be special.
"That year, there was so much expected of us, and we were just so focused on what we were doing," Moyer said. "We had our eye on one goal, and when we finally reached it, it was so exciting, it seemed unreal," Moyer said.
This season, the power-hitting right fielder is adjusting to a new role: being a leader.
"It's kind of cool when the coach looks for you and asks you for advice," she said. "I just hope I can fulfill being a good leader and have a good final year."
Considering how long Moyer has been playing ball, life on the softball diamond is nearly second nature to her. She was eight when she began playing softball, after parents from her school started organizing a local team and asked her to join.
"I've just been playing ever since," Moyer said.
This isn't her final act on the softball field. She has already signed a letter of intent to play next season for Baker University, where she will begin her biology and
"Academics is the main thing to focus on, of course, but I've always wanted to play softball in college and that dream has pushed me," Moyer said.
It's players like Moyer, who possess a combination of ability and attitude that will help the Wildcats get back to the Kansas Class 5A tournament this season, according to coach Randy Keith.
"We have the talent, but because the season is young, we still have some clicking to do, and we need strong leaders before we can gel together as a team," Keith said.
Softball requires a lot of time, effort and money these days, particularly in the summer when elite teams travel all over the United States to compete. In that regard, Moyer knows none of her successes would have been possible without the support of her family.
"You can't do this by yourself," she said. "(My family) traveled with me, which is hard work, and have pushed me all through my younger years."
Softball has instilled an attitude in her, she said, that will carry on to whatever she does.
"Work ethic, discipline, confidence under pressure all of these are so important in life, and softball teaches you that," Moyer said. "It also makes you realize that without team work, you're not going to make it," Moyer said.
Although Keith said his goal for the team is to play for a state championship, Moyer said she wanted to make sure everyone has a great season.
"This is my last year and whether we win or lose, I want to make it the best," Moyer said