Mr. Baseball 2012: Ty Moore

Mater Dei's Ty Moore went 12-1 as a pitcher during 2012 season. Andrew Craft/ESPNHS

Hitting and pitching performances are the difference as Mater Dei senior gets Cal-Hi Sports’ top player honor. Click here for this year’s additional state players of the year.

For the fourth straight year, a player from Orange County has been selected as the Mr. Baseball State Player of the Year by ESPNHS and Cal-Hi Sports.

There’s a bit more to that, though, for 2012 honoree Ty Moore from Mater Dei of Santa Ana. Moore is Mr. Baseball just two years after his friend and former Mater Dei teammate, Cory Hahn, earned the honor.

Hahn’s career was cut short just a few months after he graduated from Mater Dei and headed off to Arizona State. He suffered a paralyzing injury during a freak play at second base during a 2010 fall league game.

“This is one of the biggest honors I could imagine because it’s the same one that Cory had,” Moore said on Friday from Wenatchee, Wash., where he is playing this summer for a college-level travel team. “As soon as I got to Mater Dei, he was the one I looked up to because of the way he played the game.”

As a sophomore, Moore combined with Hahn to pitch a perfect game for the Monarchs in the CIF Southern Section Division I championship game. The Monarchs did not get that far this season, but they did get to the semifinals and won top honors at the National High School Baseball Invitational in North Carolina over an elite group of state championship teams from throughout the nation.

Moore was the MVP at the North Carolina event due to his hitting and pitching. It’s that combination that also was the difference in him collecting the Mr. Baseball State Player of the Year vote over his closest challenger, Luke Eubank, of CIFSS Division I champion Newbury Park.

Although Eubank pitched the last two innings when Newbury Park beat Mater Dei in the semifinals, Moore didn’t pitch at all as he was being saved for a possible start in the championship.

And while Eubank certainly put up state player of the year worthy numbers as a pitcher, he did not swing the bat. Moore was stellar at both. He finished 12-1 on the mound with a 0.83 ERA and struck out 71 batters. At the plate, Moore batted .406 with 23 RBIs and three homers.

“I love to pitch, but hitting is what I do best and what I’m going to do in college,” Moore said. “As a pitcher, last year I was more of a thrower and this year I really learned how to pitch. Everything kind of fell into place.”

After the summer season ends in Wenatchee, Moore then starts out as a freshman at UCLA.

“I’m just excited for it all, just being a freshman at a school like UCLA,” he said. “It’s huge for athletics and academics and I look forward to being part of the Bruin family.”

Moore’s memories of being part of the Mater Dei family also will stay with him forever.

“I couldn’t have done this at any other school,” Moore said. “I chose Mater Dei because honestly they play on the biggest stage in every sport. When you put on that uniform, it just gives you that little extra boost of confidence.”

And judging from two of the last three years, that confidence has translated into being a Mr. Baseball State Player of the Year.





(Selected by Cal-Hi Sports)

2012 - Ty Moore, Santa Ana Mater Dei, P-INF

2011 - Henry Owens, Huntington Beach Edison, P

2010 - Cory Hahn, Santa Ana Mater Dei, P-OF

2009 - Tyler Matzek, Mission Viejo Capistrano Valley, P-1B

2008 - Aaron Hicks, Long Beach Wilson OF-P

2007 - Mike Moustakas, Chatsworth INF

2006 - Tyler Robertson, Fair Oaks Bella Vista OF-P

2005 - John Drennen, San Diego Rancho Bernardo OF

2004 - Matt Bush, San Diego Mission Bay INF

2003 - Ian Stewart, Westminster La Quinta INF

2002 - Delmon Young, Camarillo OF (Jr.)

2001 - J. P. Howell, Carmichael Jesuit P

2000 - Mike Stodolka, Corona Centennial DH-P

1999 - Ryan Christianson, Riverside Arlington C

1998 - Sean Burroughs, Long Beach Wilson 3B

1997 - Jon Garland, Granada Hills Kennedy P

1996 - Eric Chavez, San Diego Mt. Carmel SS-P

1995 - Eric Chavez, San Diego Mt. Carmel SS-P (Jr.)

1994 - McKay Christensen, Fresno Clovis West OF

1993 - Derrek Lee, Sacramento El Camino OF

1992 - Jason Kendall, Torrance C

1991 - Dmitri Young, Oxnard Rio Mesa 3B

1990 - Mike Lieberthal, Westlake Village Westlake C

1989 - Todd Johnson, Fresno Bullard C-P

1988 - Scott Davison, Redondo Beach Redondo Union P-DH

1987 - Tom Redington, Anaheim Esperanza SS

1986 - Brian Johnson, Oakland Skyline C

1985 - Gregg Jefferies, San Mateo Serra SS

1984 - James Mitchell, El Cerrito OF

1983 - Kurt Stillwell, Thousand Oaks SS

1982 - Bret Saberhagen, Reseda Cleveland P

1981 - Lenny Dykstra, Garden Grove OF

1980 - Darryl Strawberry, Los Angeles Crenshaw OF

1979 - John Elway, Granada Hills OF

1978 - Lloyd Moseby, Oakland 1B

1977 - Craig Landis, Napa Vintage SS

1976 - Rickey Henderson, Oakland Technical OF

1975 - Carney Lansford, Santa Clara Wilcox SS

1974 - Lonnie Smith, Compton Centennial OF

1973 - Robin Yount, Woodland Hills Taft SS

1972 - Scott McGregor, El Segundo P

1971 - Keith Hernandez, San Bruno Capuchino 1B-Semipro

1970 - Terry Forster, Santee Santana P

1969 - Jeff Burroughs, Long Beach Wilson OF

1968 - Tim Foli, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame SS

1967 - Bill Buckner, Napa 1B

1966 - Kemer Brett, El Segundo P

1965 - Bob Boone, San Diego Crawford P

1964 - Willie Crawford, Los Angeles Fremont OF

1963 - Bob Tolan, Los Angeles Fremont P-OF

1962 - Rudy May, Oakland Castlemont P

1961 - Bob Bailey, Long Beach Wilson SS

1960 - Wade Blasingame, Fresno Roosevelt P

1959 - John Boccabella, Kentfield Marin Catholic 3B

1958 - Dick Ellsworth, Fresno P

1957 - Johnny Callison, Bakersfield East OF

1956 - Mike McCormick, Alhambra Keppel P

1955 - Deron Johnson, San Diego OF

1954 - Don Drysdale, Van Nuys P

1953 - Frank Robinson, Oakland McClymonds 3B

1952 - Jim Gentile, San Francisco Sacred Heart 1B

1951 - Ed Cereghino, Daly City Jefferson P

1950 - J.W. Porter, Oakland Technical C

1949 - Paul Pettit, Harbor City Narbonne P

1948 - Karl Olson, Mill Valley Tamalpais OF

1947 - Gus Triandos, San Francisco Mission C

1946 - Jim Baxes, San Francisco Mission 2B

1945 - Jack Harshman, San Diego 1B

1944 - Jackie Jensen, Oakland OF

1943 - Herb Gorman, San Francisco Balboa 1B

1942 - Charlie Silvera, San Francisco St. Ignatius SS

1941 - Bob Brown, San Francisco Galileo SS

1940 - Duane Pillette, San Diego P

1939 - Ferris Fain, Oakland Roosevelt 1B

1938 - Bob Lemon, Long Beach Wilson SS-P

1937 - Rugger Ardizoia, San Francisco Commerce P

1936 - Bobby Doerr, Los Angeles Fremont 2B (Pro)

1935 - Ted Williams, San Diego Hoover OF

1934 - Frankie Hawkins, San Francisco Sacred Heart SS

1933 - Chet Smith, San Diego P

1932 - Gordon Maltzberger, Colton P

1931 - Joe DiMaggio, San Francisco Galileo SS (Semi-pro)

1930 - Athos Sada, San Diego OF

1929 - Arleigh Williams, Oakland Technical C

1928 - Frank Dobranksy, San Diego P

1927 - Willard Hershberger, Fullerton C

1926 - Dick Bartell, Alameda SS

1925 - Louie Almada, Los Angeles P

1924 - Joe Cronin, San Francisco Sacred Heart SS

1923 - Gene Hollister, San Francisco Mission P

1922 - Walter Berger, San Francisco Mission 3B

1921 - Babe Herman, Glendale 1B

1920 - Bernie Viveiros, Oakland Technical 2B

1919 - Ren Kelly, San Francisco Poly P

1918 - Brick Muller, San Diego OF

1917 - Johnny Gillespie, Oakland Technical P

1916 - Ray Lorrigan, San Francisco Poly P

1915 - Frank Schellenback, Hollywood P

1914 - Bert Cole, San Francisco Lowell P

1913 - George Kelly, San Francisco Poly 3B

1912 - Harry Heilmann, San Francisco Sacred Heart SS

1911 - Will James, Oroville P

1910 - Eddie French, San Francisco Sacred Heart P

1909 - Babe Hollis, San Francisco Cogswell P

1908 - Oscar Vitt, San Francisco Wilmerding SS

1907 - Lloyd Burton, Alameda SS

1906 - Mowatt Mitchell, Los Angeles 1B

1905 - Walter Johnson, Fullerton P

1904 - James Schaeffer, Berkeley C

1903 - Mead Hamilton, San Francisco Lowell P

1902 - Mead Hamilton, San Francisco Lowell 2B

1901 - Heinie Heitmuller, San Francisco Lick 1B

1900 - Orvall Overall, Visalia 1B-Town team

1899 - Will Moreing, Stockton P

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