By Denny Lang:
Name: Emily Moore
Hometown: La Verne, California
Grad Year: 2026
Travel Team: Orange County Batbusters - Stofle
High School: Bonita High School
Height: 5’ 5"
Overhand Velocity: 65
Exit Velocity off Tee: 75
Home to First or 20 yds: 2.95
Intended Study Major: Psychology
You’re an elite blue chip prospect. What else should we know about you?
I have worked at this game every day of my life. My father played professional baseball and he owned batting cages. My first steps were even in batting cages. I know it sounds cliché to say that someone works hard, but I actually work on something for this sport every day.
“Emily is a top tier student athlete and overall person. She is hard working and hard hitting. Her effort, focus, and determination will take her far in softball and farther in life. We are a better team with her on the roster.”
--- Head Coach Josh Stofle, Orange County Batbusters - Stofle
During Emily's 4th and 5th grade years, she won the Southern California Championship for the Softball Throw event.
How did your softball journey begin?
My softball journey began before I was even born. My dad played baseball at the professional level, so I had a bat in my crib. My parents put me in tee-ball and I excelled. I kept doing really well in baseball and as I moved up, it forced me to work harder to keep up with the boys. I got used to being the only girl on the team and it made me mentally tougher. I made the all-star baseball team and even played travel baseball. After winning districts in my 10 year old year, my parents signed me up for a softball college camp. Once I hit the field, I was hooked. I instantly loved the challenge of learning the differences in the sports and the camaraderie.
Emily's 10u Baseball All-Stars picture. Emily is in front row on the left.
What are your greatest strengths as a softball player?
My greatest strengths as a softball player are my offense, coachability, and teammate camaraderie. I would like to think that my coaches and team would say that I am a good teammate and easy to coach.
Emily's All-Star team won District for 10 year olds in baseball
What kind of hitter are you and what are your most recent offensive stats?
I am a consistent power hitter. I was Second Team All-Tournament in the Colorado Sparklers Tournament, I hit .500 in the Alliance National Championship and Alliance Super Cup, and I was number one on the leader board for doubles and RBI’s in the Toys for Tots Tournament.
Screenshot from the stats leaderboard in Colorado last summer.
Describe your leadership style and what characteristics do you find in outstanding leaders?
I lead by example and try to go above and beyond what is expected of me. I hope my work ethic inspires others. I don’t want to seem like I am bossing around my teammates.
The characteristics I find in outstanding leaders are empowering others, integrity, and the ability to get along with anyone.
Emily with a couple homerun balls
You’re obviously very busy with so many activities and events in your life. How do you balance your life and manage your time so effectively?
I try to use my time wisely by doing homework in the car during my 2 hours to and from practice, I don’t watch much TV, and I don’t spend a lot of time on social media. I usually have to stay up late doing homework because my workout and practice schedule is a 7 day a week commitment. I enjoy spending some of my free time to practice the guitar and clarinet.
Emily's 8th Grade graduation. She earned straight A’s throughout middle school as well as the Principal’s Award and Presidential Excellence Award.
Describe your Game day mental preparation and your thought process and mindset in the batters box.
I listen to music before the games. When I’m in the box, I obviously look for a pitch away and react to in. I try to keep it simple and don’t get caught up in thinking too much. When I get a good pitch, I put an aggressive swing on it, staying inside the ball.
What is your favorite sports memory and greatest achievement?
My favorite sports memory was my first over the fence home run. The first one is always special. As a bonus, a sponsor was giving out money for over the fence home runs in a tournament. I was the first on our team to hit one and I won $100.
After hitting countless homeruns in travel ball, Emily shown here with her first high school homerun ball in only her second game. Following-up on hitting two doubles in her debut game.
How do you handle adversity and even failure?
I think of adversity and failure as an opportunity to learn something new and try again with more knowledge and intent. This drives me to put in more work. If I feel pressure to compete and perform, I go to work. If I fail, I put in more work. You feel better after a bad game if you go hit.
“Emily is a kid that is both solid and dependable. I can always depend on her to show up and give 100%. She loves the grind and it SHOWS. I’m glad she’s on my team, I would hate to pitch to her.”
--- Assistant Coach McKenna Kilgore, Orange County Batbusters - Stofle, (played at Concordia University - Irvine)
How would your teammates and friends describe you?
My teammates and friends would describe me as motivated, mature, and dedicated. I always give my best effort in everything I do.
Who is your role-model and or idol and why?
My role model is Kelsie Whitmore. She inspires me because she started off as a baseball player like I did. She had the courage to do something outside of the norm. She played on the United States National Women’s Baseball Team and made history as the first woman to appear in the starting lineup in an Atlantic League game.
Emily after hitting a homerun
If you could spend a day with any softball player, former or current, who would it be and why?
If I could spend a day with any softball player it would be Kelsie Whitmore because I met her at my first softball camp and was a bat girl for her team.
What is your softball dream/goal?
My softball goal is to play D1 softball. My softball dream is to be an All-American and win a National Championship.
Victory picture. Emily's team won the Top Club National Championship in Oklahoma
Describe your perfect softball team.
My perfect softball team would be a place where I could surround myself with great people. If that happens then all of the other things like winning, team chemistry hard work, and good coaching, should all fall in place.
When deciding on what college team to play for what are the most important things you’re looking for?
When deciding on a college team to play for, one of the most important things I will be looking for is team chemistry. Good teammates should treat each other like sisters. It is hard to win if teammates do not have a good bond with each other. Also, a good coaching staff who is dedicated to winning, hard work, and fairness important. Lastly, when choosing a college team, I am looking for a strong academic program. I want to study psychiatry.
"Emily is a great softball player with a tremendous future in this sport. You never have to ask her to work harder. With a powerful swing and her knowledge of the game, Emily continues to make an impact on the field. Along with being a great athlete, she is incredibly smart and gives back to her community. I’m excited to watch her grow and continue to accomplish great things in the sport.”
--- Assistant Coach Kyra Snyder, Orange County Batbusters - Stofle, (played at Long Beach State University)
What gets you hyped or ready before a game?
On the way to a game, I use music to get hyped up.
What is your favorite jersey number and why did you choose it?
Number 15 is my favorite Jersey number because it was my dad’s professional baseball number.
Getting some mail from Oklahoma State University
What other hobbies do you have to balance out softball and your personal life?
I love music. I play the clarinet and the guitar.
Who would you like to thank for your softball achievements and support?
I would like to thank my dad for my softball achievements. He spends so much of his time taking me to the field and practicing. The knowledge I receive from him is very valuable because he played baseball at Cal State Fullerton and played professional baseball. I feel I have an advantage by having someone by my side with so much knowledge and experience.
"Fishing with my dad and grandpa has always been important to me". - Emily Moore
Additional Information About Emily
Walk up Song: Thunder Kiss ’65 It was my dad’s walk up song when he played professional baseball
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Song: 2,000 Light Years Away
Favorite Music Artist: Nirvana
Favorite Sports Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Favorite Sports Celebrity: Justin Turner
Favorite Movie: Any Rocky movie
Favorite Sports Movie: The Sandlot
Favorite TV Show: I don’t watch much TV, I prefer movies
Favorite Book: The Outsiders
Favorite Travel Spot: I love when my family takes vacations to local places like Palm Springs. It gives us the chance to slow down and spend time together.
Favorite Quote: “Don’t forget the 5 P’s: proper planning prevents poor performance.” Art Mazmanian
Emily Moore - 2026
Legacy & Legends Softball, Denny Lang, February 20, 2023