Pharos-Tribune

May 2, 2013

Moss helps lead No. 10-ranked Caston baseball team

by Beau Wicker
Pharos-Tribune

— Caston fans won’t soon forget Corey Moss pitching the Comets to their first-ever sectional title in baseball last year.

What’s Moss doing for an encore?

The senior right-hander has allowed just one earned run in four starts this season. He’s 3-1 with a minuscule ERA.

The Comets are currently ranked No. 10 in Class A. They’re 10-5 and 6-2 in Midwest Conference play.

“So far I think we’ve had a good year,” Moss said. “We’re young in some spots, but we’ve had a lot of people step up and fill positions. We had a good team last year and we’ve had people come in, and I feel like we’ll have a good year the rest of the year.”

The Comets started the year 6-0 in MWC play before they stumbled at Tri-County last weekend in dropping two straight. They were in the midst of a four-game losing streak until they snapped out of it with a 5-2 win at Wabash on Tuesday.

Wabash knocked off Class 2A No. 1 Northfield 6-4 on Wednesday in a Three Rivers Conference game.

The MWC looks to be loaded at the top this season with Caston, Class A No. 1 Frontier and No. 8 North White in the mix, not to mention annual sectional host Tri-County.

When not pitching, Moss is the team’s starting catcher. Caleb Rowe can be considered the Comets’ co-No. 1 pitcher along with Moss.

Moss will likely have the ball for Friday’s key MWC game at Pioneer.

Moss was also a starting forward on Caston’s basketball team that went 15-7 this winter. He was a starting linebacker/running back for the football team that went 8-3.

It’s been quite a run of success for Moss and the Comets.

“Corey is an outstanding leader,” Caston baseball coach Blake Mollenkopf said. “He’s one of the hardest workers I’ve ever coached. He takes his God-given ability and through his work ethic gets everything he can out of it.

“He’s had a great career in basketball and football and obviously on the mound and at the plate in baseball. He’s constantly working with the underclassmen, getting them to believe in our program. He wants the kids behind him to be just as good and work as hard as he did.”

The following is a question-and-answer session with Moss.

Q. Of the sports you play, which is your favorite? Why?

A. Baseball, because I’ve played it since I was a little kid and have enjoyed it all the times I’ve played.

Q. How did you first get started in sports? At what age?

A. I started playing when I was 4 years old on my sister’s T-ball team. They asked me to play because they didn’t have enough players.

Q. Do you have any family members who played sports?

A. My dad [Curt Moss] played baseball at Caston and my mom [Tina See] played basketball and ran track.

Q. Have you ever played a sport that you were not successful at?

A. Soccer.

Q. How do you feel you’ve improved as an athlete since you first started playing?

A. I feel that I have improved tremendously after all the years of work put into it.

Q. Who do you consider your biggest role model? Why?

A. My parents, because they have been just as dedicated to my sports as I have been. My mom and dad are my biggest fans and motivate me the most.

Q. What experiences have you had in sports have made you the athlete you are today?

A. Playing sports has taught me without hard work and dedication and self discipline, your goals will not be accomplished.

Q. What is something that not everyone knows about you?

A. I like to play golf with my dad and all of his friends.

Q. What is your favorite memory of playing sports at your school?

A. Winning sectionals in baseball last year.

Q. What are your goals for your future? Do you plan on attending college?

A. My college choice is undecided, but I want to major in business.

Each week during the school year the Pharos-Tribune recognizes an athlete from one of five area high schools. The recipients are selected by each school’s athletic department.