Moore, Nelson Named Murrieta Valley Athletes of Month

Brendan Moore and Amber Nelson are the Murrieta Valley High School Athletes of the Month. (Murrieta 24/7 photo: Doug Spoon) Baseball star B...

Brendan Moore and Amber Nelson are the Murrieta Valley High School Athletes of the Month.
(Murrieta 24/7 photo: Doug Spoon)

Baseball star Brendan Moore and softball standout Amber Nelson of Murrieta Valley High School have been honored as Murrieta 24/7 April Athletes of the Month, sponsored by SunPro Solar.

Moore, a senior catcher, has played a key role for the Nighthawks, who are 18-6 overall this season. He is hitting .263 with one home run and 16 RBIs in addition to his valuable defense behind the plate.

"I started catching in sevent or eighth grade and I just kept working on it," he said. "My sophomore and junior year another catcher was ahead of me, but I kept working at it in travel ball and went for it again this year. I've been told I'm a better hitter than a catcher, but I think I'm better as a catcher."

Moore and his teammates got to 16 wins faster than any team in Murrieta Valley history. He hopes to continue that success in the CIF playoffs before moving on to the University of Redlands next season.

Senior catcher and first baseman Nelson is hitting .516 with 5 home runs and 29 RBIs for the softball team, which is 23-6 overall and undefeated in league play at 8-0. The Nighthawks are trying to repeat as undefeated league champs this season.

"I've always played catcher," she said. "I tried other positions, but they were boring. At catcher, you're involved in every play and you're more into the game."

Nelson will play softball at Colorado State next season.

Each player received a certificate of recognition from Murrieta 24/7 and two day passes to Rock Fitness gym from SunPro Solar.

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