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Senior Develops into Staff Ace in Final Season

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Billy Moeller pitches against John Jay-Cross River back in April. Credits: File photo
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Mahopac senior Billy Moeller was a starting pitcher on the Indians’ varsity baseball team.

How old were you when you started playing baseball and how did you get started?

I was 5 years old when I started playing baseball. I first played T-ball.

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What was your favorite part about being a part of the baseball team at Mahopac?

The friends that I have made.

How do you see your role on the team, and how much do you value being a senior leader on the pitching staff?

This season I saw my role on the team as a guy that could allow my team to compete in games. Being a senior leader on the pitching staff has been a main goal of mine and to see it come true made me very proud of my accomplishment.

How much progress have you made as a player since last season?

Starting last winter as a junior I had started a new pitching training program at 4D Sports in Mahopac. This program has been taught to me by Anthony Yacco, who is a former Major League pitcher and the current owner of 4D Sports. After the first winter on this new program I had seen huge improvements in my overall pitching which had allowed me to make the team last year. However, it was this past winter at 4D Sports where I had made greater improvements. These new improvements have been an increase in my fastball velocity, tightening the break in my curveball and the development of a changeup.

What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you shared with your teammates?

My favorite pregame ritual was going out to home plate before home games and having a quick pump-up talk with the other starters.

What was the most memorable part about this past season?

Senior night because all of my fellow graduating seniors and I were acknowledged for our hard work.

Did you achieve any goals for your last season at Mahopac?

At the beginning of the season I had wanted to pitch well enough to earn all-section. Thankfully, at the end of the season my coach had told me that I had finally achieved my goal.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them? 

My parents. One of the major things that I have learned from them is that if you work hard enough, you can achieve your goals.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

I enjoy playing Texas Hold’em.

Do you plan on continuing to play baseball in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you choose that school?

I am continuing to play baseball next year at SUNY New Paltz. I have chosen New Paltz for its academics and the many opportunities it has to offer.

Who is your favorite professional athlete?

Derek Jeter.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

Country.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

I would want to have super strength so that I could crush my competition on the field.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

A dream vacation of mine would be to Hawaii because I have heard that it is very beautiful there and there are a lot of fun activities to do.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

My favorite food to eat after a game is wings.

Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?

The best place to eat in Mahopac is Kobu because of the show that the chef puts on while he cooks your dinner.

For a young athlete growing up in Mahopac, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the baseball program and why should they go out for the team?

I would implore a young athlete to try out for the team at Mahopac because of the great tradition and family atmosphere.

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