07/17/2010 12:35 PM
HARWICH ---- Most of the players who come to the Cape League have hopes of pursuing a professional baseball career. But Harwich’s Clint Moore (ARMY) has something else to think about. When he graduates from college, he has five years of service to give to his country.
Moore, a junior, is majoring in human geography, and hopes to branch into the engineers in the Army in October.
“I feel like I owe it to my family, to my friends, and to my country just to be able to do something more than at a regular school,” he said about his decision to attend a military school.
If all goes well with baseball, he can to pursue a career after two years of service.
He’s been a star for the Black Knights ---- known for his gritty style and instinctual play ---- and he’s brought that into the ultra-competitive Cape League. He’s a highly-touted shortstop with speed, a solid bat (.311 in his 2010 spring season), and a keen defensive mind.
“On the field, I think he’s one of those kids that shows up every day whether he’s in the lineup or not and just works hard,” assistant coach Marc Thibeault said. “He’s always trying to do something, work on something, trying to get better. He doesn’t back away from anything.”
Moore leads the Mariners with a .302 batting average, having stayed in the top of the batting leaders across the East Division since the start of the season. He’s scored 11 runs, with 19 hits, one home run, and 10 RBI. He shines as a situational hitter.
“He goes about his business in a first class manner. I think he’s representing West Point, not only in his play, but in his attitude,” Thibeault said.
“I think he’s a gamer,” he continued. “He’s got a plus arm, a plus glove. He’s not going to be very flashy. He’s not 6-3, 6-4 with a lot of raw power and those types of things. But he’s going to listen to coaching, and he’ll do whatever it takes to go the extra mile.”
For Moore, that included coming into a game as a relief pitcher and throwing three shutout innings in a doubleheader on June 27th against the Cotuit Kettleers. He gave up two hits and two walks, but struck out four in the second game. In the first game, he came up big offensively, driving in two runs and going 2-for-3.
Moore’s time at Army comes in handy as he adjusts to the Cape League.
“I think it definitely helped me learn to pick myself up because here (on the Cape), you fail quite a bit,” he said. “It’s a pretty tough league, and just being able to deal with that on an everyday basis, and come out the next day and just bust stuff out, it just sets you up for success.”
“He’s just a top-notch kid, and he’s a kid that every time you see his name in the lineup or you see him come up in his spot, you root for him,” Thibeault said.