Moore signed a national letter-of-intent to play softball at Doane College in Crete, Neb. during a ceremony in Reed’s large gymnasium. The Tigers did not exactly come by the local product through the common recruiting process.
“I got a letter from their admissions department and there was a free on-line application,” Moore said. “The coach saw me in the summer and said he was interested. I filled out the application and got accepted. I took a visit and really liked it.”
Moore took her visit to the NAIA school earlier in the fall. She said the campus is small and that the student-teacher ratio is small, which she liked.
“Half the students there are athletes so its the campus is really sports oriented,” the 18-year-old RHS student-athlete said.
Doane softball coach Barry Mosley liked what he saw, too.
“I’ve seen her play during summer ball at some select showcases and tournaments. I just feel she fills a need we have at catcher,” Mosley said. “My catcher currently is a senior. She’s from Las Vegas by the way. I’ve always heard Reno has some good softball players. Makaela confirmed that, just her athletic ability. She has a rifle arm and can hit the ball.”
Currently in his ninth year as the head coach at Doane, Mosley flew out to northern Nevada to be part of the signing ceremony, a rarity with college coaches. He also took the time to watch Moore’s basketball game at Reno High Friday night after meeting with a player from Carson as part of a recruiting trip.
“I like to be part of their day and I want them to know this is how we start things out. They’re kind of joining my Doane family,” Mosley said.
Moore was a first-team High Desert League selection at catcher last year after helping the Raiders to a second-place HDL finish. She will be a four-year letter winner after her season this coming spring. Moore admitted that playing college softball has long been a dream of hers, but she knows she has not reached the pinnacle.
“I’ve always loved the game of softball,” she said. “It’s always been a dream of mine so to continue to get to play is super cool. You always need to improve your game and it’s not just in one area. I just need to work on everything and better myself.”
Moore said she has not decided on a major yet, adding she’d like to try a little of everything and see what suits her best. She is looking forward to the change of pace in a small town and the challenge of getting away and living on her own.
Her father, Shane, was beaming Friday, definitely proud of his daughter’s accomplishments and bright future.
“When you start playing travel ball in softball or any other sport, it’s kind of the goal to get an education paid for by doing something you love,” he said. “I’m proud. This is just tremendous. I was impressed with the education opportunities at Doane and their athletic facilities are nicer than some of the big schools we had been to.”