Still a Wildcat, Moyer has good first year at Baker University
With a .342 batting average, 20 runs, 12 RBIs and a team leading .500 slugging percentage, former De Soto High School softball player Brooke Moyer didn't miss a beat during her freshman season as Baker University's second base starter.
Moyer, who made second team, all league in the All Heart of America Athletic Conference, said while there was a transition to the collegiate game, previous summer competition prepared her for the next level.
"When you go to college there are more athletes and better players," Moyer said. "It was more intense, but I would say it's comparable to summer ball."
While Baker was not expected to enjoy much success this season according to pre-season polls, the team finished 26-18 overall and 13-7 in the conference with only one senior, Casey McGinley of Topeka, on the roster. Moyer was one of seven freshmen on the Wildcat roster this past season who helped Baker defeat traditionally strong teams like Evangel and Lindenwood.
"We surprised our conference because we were rated low but we beat some of the power teams this year," Moyer said.
Moyer said a college team becomes more of a close-knit group than those in high school, traveling to Florida for some spring break games and getting to know each other off the field. She also said the team planned to carry on leadership skills they learned this season.
"McGinley was the oldest and a good team leader on and off the field," Moyer said. "Next year it will be more important for (next year's sophomores) to set the standards for our new freshman class."
A biology major, Moyer said she chose Baker because it provided her an environment where she could strike a balance between softball and college life. Moyer is also an Alpha Chi Omega sorority member.
"I love to play softball, and it gets me through school," Moyer said. "I have a good balance between school and softball here."
While she said she learned many new things as a collegiate student and athlete, Moyer remains fond of her days as a De Soto Wildcat athlete.
"You can beat anyone in a big game and that's when it counts," Moyer said. "It is really awesome that Mill Valley carried on the (softball) tradition for the De Soto School District."