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Washington graduate Moore transfers to Fairmont State | Journal-News

Cam Moore delivered one of the most unlikely cycles.

Others in his situation might still be pedaling and never reach Moore’s status. Most baseball players never do.

The freshman leadoff batter for Fairmont State accomplished the feat of hitting a cycle — that is, hitting a single, double, triple and home run in the same game — over the final three innings of the Fighting Falcons’ 19-11 victory over Glenville State in the Mountain East Conference tournament last month.

“I never thought I would make the cycle,” Moore said. “I was 0 for 3 in the seventh inning, then 4 for 4.”

There was certainly nothing to suggest that Moore, a Washington graduate, could accomplish this baseball rarity.

He scored a run in the third inning on a grounder to shortstop with the bases loaded that was ruled out due to a fielder’s decision.

But he had actually won 0 to 3.

Then came the seventh inning, in which Moore started with a single and later scored with a double, giving Fairmont a 5-4 lead at that point.

The game was far from over, and that was true for Moore too.

In the next inning, he hit a two-run home run over the center field fence at GoMart Ballpark in Charleston, and in the eighth inning, he came back to his feet and hit a triple over the center fielder’s head, clearing all the bases.

Moore secured the cycle with a three-run double to left field in the ninth inning.

“I don’t know how I did it,” Moore said. “All of a sudden I’m 4 for 4 and have nine RBIs.”

Nobody would have believed that the 1.70 meter tall biology student would beat the cycle.

“I was standing on second base and it was unreal to me,” he said. “I didn’t freak out or anything. It was just unreal.”

A few batters later, he was given the ball with which he had completed the cycle as a souvenir.

It was the greatest day Moore ever had in baseball, as he truly filled the role of designated hitter, with special emphasis on “hitter.”

Of the four hits, he called the home run his favorite.

“That’s probably the hardest hit I’ve ever hit in my life,” Moore said of the home run that flew more than 400 feet.

He knew it when the ball bounced off his racket.

“It felt good,” he said. “When it feels good, it feels good.”

It was a special treat for Fairmont, which had not won a MEC postseason conference game since 2017.

Moore hit both the triple and the home run with two strikes against him, but he was obviously under no pressure at the plate.

He had never had a cycle hit before.

How the cycle will be rated in Fairmont’s history books and where nine RBIs rank is unknown. The school says coaches are working to update the record book.

“To me, this is honestly one of the greatest accomplishments in baseball of all time,” he said.

This story will be told for a long time.

“This story has been told at least 50 times,” Moore said.

Probably 50 by 50.

And Moore keeps these memories in his mind.

Like the time he was playing for the Summit Point Pride, trying to make the postseason, and hit a home run over a 30-foot fence in center field.

“I was 10 and I still think about it,” Moore said.

But what he really thinks about is the story of how coach Matt Yurish, who graduated from Hedgesville, told Moore during his visit to Fairmont in high school that he was going to be a leadoff hitter.

“I’ve never been a first batter before,” Moore said.

He served as a pinch hitter in three games before being promoted to the leadoff spot and taking on the role of designated hitter.

Moore, however, took Yurish’s words and compliments and implemented them.

“He told me I could be a good baseball player,” Moore said.

Moore hit .309 for the Falcons, with 42 hits in 136 at-bats

During the season, Moore delivered 30 singles, eight doubles, two triples and two home runs.

“I was really happy (with the season),” Moore said.

Since the MEC tournament, Moore has only been in the Berkeley Post 14 American Legion Hornets lineup to bat first once, replacing an absent teammate who normally fills that role. Otherwise, Moore bats either second or third for his summer team.

Moore also plays in the field, usually in right field, but he is also part of a group of catchers available for post 14. He even played second base a couple of times in a game earlier this week.

Although he can move from position to position, that is not quite the same as heading for a position.

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