Ryan Moseley was pressing. It was the beginning of his junior season as the catcher at Cooper, and he was a month or so removed from orally committing to play his college baseball at Texas Tech.
Moseley felt at the time he needed to prove with every trip to the plate that he was worthy of that Division-I scholarship he had been offered. But the harder he tried, the tougher results were to come by.
“I took him aside,” Cooper coach Terry Baxter said, “and told him, ‘Look, you’re already committed to Texas Tech. Just relax and go play.’ He took that to heart, and once he relaxed, we really saw the kind of player he is and can be.”
Moseley began ripping the cover off the ball after that talk with his coach. He ended the season hitting a team-high .457 with a home run and 20 RBIs, numbers that earned Avalanche-Journal All-City catcher honors.
The pressure was officially off on Wednesday, when Moseley signed his national letter of intent to play for the Red Raiders.
“I’ve been committed for a while,” said Moseley, who committed to Tech back in February, “but to have it all become official feels good.”
Moseley figures to be in for a strong senior season after a junior year that earned him attention from pro and college scouts alike. He was a key cog in Cooper’s deep playoff run. He said he owes much of his improvement to the early season pow-wow with Baxter.
“It took a lot of weight off my shoulders when we had that talk,” Moseley said. “He told me to relax and go be the player I am.”
Though Moseley has excelled as a catcher at Cooper, first-year Tech coach Tim Tadlock will use the right-hander as a pitcher with the Red Raiders. Baxter said he will give Moseley opportunities on the mound this season, as the Pirates aim to earn a trip to the state tournament this season after narrowly missing a spot back in May.
An excruciating 7-6 loss to West in last season’s region semifinals has the Pirates hungry, Moseley said.
“I think we’re a lot more focused this year,” he said. “We all have a common goal of going to state, and we think we can reach it. It’s going to be a good team effort this year.”
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