Area Female Athlete: C-I's Moore perseveres
Megan Moore Year: Senior School: Crosby-Ironton Sport: Softball Position: Pitcher Highlights: Threw a no-hitter against McGregor Megan Moore is the definition of student-athlete. She is a John Phillip Sousa Award winner for achievement in instrum...
Highlights: Threw a no-hitter against McGregor
Megan Moore is the definition of student-athlete.
She is a John Phillip Sousa Award winner for achievement in instrumental music. She is a National Honor Society member and finished in the top 15 of her graduating class. She is in the Red Cross Leadership program, was a Girls State representative, homecoming queen and captain of the Crosby-Ironton Rangers cross country and softball teams.
On May 9, Moore reached the pinnacle of her prep softball career as she no-hit the McGregor Mercs in an 11-0 non-conference victory in Crosby.
"I didn't know about the no-hitter until after the game and my dad told me," Moore said. "I hugged him and I went back to the team and asked my coach if it was true. He said it was.
"In our huddle, coach brought it up and how if it wasn't for our right fielder Kaia Forde we wouldn't have gotten it. She saved the game with a few really good catches. That's when it really sunk in. When coach said you have to give our pitcher and Kaia props. She was the girl that kept the no-hitter going."
Moore also was quick to complement her catcher Abigail Froidcoeur. Moore called her co-captain counterpart one of the most intense and determined catchers she's ever met
"The game was a good one for her," said first-year head coach Brad Hollenhorst. "She was throwing strikes early in the count. She got up on 12 of the 15 batters she faced. She was working up and down the zone and trusted her team to play some defense behind her."
Moore's athletic career has been trying. She's battled knee injuries, which kept her out of basketball. She is currently dealing with a back injury, but during the victory, which was C-I's second of the season, everything felt fine.
"I think I was mentally in the right place," said Moore. "I've been struggling with a back injury for a while now. I was feeling really good. Something was clicking. They couldn't hit the fastball low and on the outside corner. I just managed to keep them swinging."
The no-hitter was also Moore's first win of the season. In five innings of work, she struck out three and walked none.
On the season, Moore has pitched 22 innings. She owns a 1-6 record with 19 strikeouts. The five-year varsity pitcher and two-year captain is a true example of enduring hard times. The Rangers are 2-16 this season. C-I finished 0-14 last year and in Moore's first four varsity years, the Rangers were a combined 7-58.
"I was in cross country and I played basketball, but ever since I was a little girl softball was always the sport I connected with because coming up my dad was my coach," Moore said. "I feel like if you really love something you stick with it whether things are going good or bad. We have a new coach this year and it's a different atmosphere, but all the years I've played I've always had fun no matter who was coaching.
"With the girls this season they're so positive. We have a lot more drive. All the girls are trying their hardest. We want other people to take this program more seriously."
Even her coach is glad Moore stuck with softball. This is Hollenhorst's first year coaching softball at any level. He said he'd be lost without Moore's leadership.
"She goes out there and gives me everything she has and has been a steady leader," Hollenhorst said. "She is a great communicator and a great go-between between coaches and players. That's something I've appreciated quite a bit. I know there have been a lot of down years here. She's been the main pitcher for the last four or five years. So it was nice to see her get that no-hitter. It just shows what a lot of hard work can do."
Other notable performances:
Softball: Laura Squires, Pequot Lakes, finished 3-3 with three runs and two RBIs against Wadena-Deer Creek.
Alex Kotaska, Pequot Lakes, went 4-4 with a triple, four runs and three RBIs against Wadena-Deer Creek.
Hannah Zimmerman, Pequot Lakes, finished 4-5 with a double, four runs and three RBIs against Wadena-Deer Creek.
Kathryn Miska, Pequot Lakes, struck out 21 to pick up two wins against Detroit Lakes.
Shelbie Boser, Pierz, finished 2-4 with a home run, triple and three RBIs against Holdingford.
Track and field: Millie Klefsaas, Staples-Motley, won four events during the Section 6-1A True Team meet.