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October 26, 2023

There’s no place like home: Moore taking softball talents to Emporia State

Isheeta Bajjuri
Coppell senior infielder Mallory Moore bats against Lewisville on March 8 at Coppell ISD Baseball/Softball Complex. Moore has played softball for over a decade and is signed to play softball at Emporia State University. Photo by Isheeta Bajjuri

The ball leaves the pitcher’s hand. Coppell senior softball infielder Mallory Moore’s eyes follow the ball unaware that her teammates’ eyes have been locked on her, their leader “Mama Mal,” in awe.

The perfect softball player does not exist, but Moore comes pretty close.

It all started with T-ball, the sport Moore joined at age 4 to follow in the footsteps of her father Wesley Moore, a former college baseball player at Tarleton State University. She soon joined the Coppell Girls Softball Association.

“I started playing with people that I went to school with and I made really good friends through that,” Moore said. “Now, I’m playing with people at high school that I played with when I was 7. It’s just a cool journey playing with these people and seeing everybody grow.”

When she was 9, Moore joined the Eagles Fastpitch Softball Club, a select team. It was at that point that softball took a formidable spot in her life.

“The end of fifth grade is when we started traveling a lot, starting to get really serious with lessons and deciding this is a sport that I’m gonna do all year round,” Moore said. “It was not a part-time thing anymore — it is what I am doing all the time. I craved that feeling of success.”

The next few years were filled with endless practices and commitment to bettering her fielding skills, work that led to Moore making the JV softball team as second base in her freshman year. She paid extra attention to then-senior shortstop Ellebelle Zimmerman, trying to absorb her every move to improve herself.

“She was a great role model because I learned so much of how to talk to the players and such,” Moore said. “She was just a big confidence booster for me as a second baseman.”

When sophomore year came around, Moore stepped up to fill the shortstop position as a varsity player, a position she maintained as a junior.

“It was a big jump because I went from being on JV and suiting up for a few varsity games to then being a varsity starter,” Moore said.

Focused on playing to her fullest capabilities on the field, a leader started to take form in Moore.

“All the people around Mallory in our program, they can look at her because she’s not the biggest person on the field,” Coppell coach Robbie Moen said. “She’s not the strongest, she’s not the fastest but she’s one of the best players we have because she does everything so well.”

It was almost inevitable when Moore was named a part of the all-district team at the end of both her sophomore and junior years. Additionally, Moore received the co-MVP title in her junior year with then-senior catcher Medleigh Danchak.

“It was really exciting because usually it’s a senior and I just wasn’t really expecting it,” Moore said. “It was cool to celebrate that moment with her.”

With so much talent and accomplishments, it’s no surprise Moore received multiple college offers at the beginning of her junior year. Moore signed with Emporia State University in Kansas.

“It felt like home,” Moore said. “The players were nice, the coaches were super thoughtful and they spent the whole time with me when I was there. They told me I was their priority, I was who they wanted and made me feel special.”

The offer gave more to Moore than just a career: it gave her a new perspective on playing.

“It gave me a lot more confidence just knowing that what I’ve been doing and all the effort that I’m putting in is seen by other people,” Moore said.

Moore led her team through wins and faults throughout her career.

“She’s just such a good coach,” junior first baseman Cecilia Bourque said. “She’s really good at making you feel good about yourself whenever you make good plays and she’s there whenever you do something wrong. She’s also the person that, if you don’t have a play, she’s the one to be like ‘hey, we need this.’”

Moore is more than just a good softball player now. She is the desired team member.

“Her personality is very, very outgoing,” Moen said. “She’s not a loud talker, but she is very social, very communicative. If you could take the ideal softball player and a young woman and draw a sketch, you’d come up with someone like Mallory.”

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Nrithya Mahesh
Nrithya Mahesh, Staff Designer

Nrithya Mahesh is a captivating junior in her second year of The Sidekick with a focus in design. 

With a passion for mystery novels and art, especially realistic drawings and cartoons, Nrithya finds joy in many creative pursuits. Living in Valley Ranch, she has been a student under Coppell ISD since first-grade. As a lover of all things artistic, Nrithya likes chill music and has a love for singer and songwriter, Taylor Swift.

During her time in quarantine she began perfecting her nail art skills, getting exceptionally good at it until it was time to go back to school. She also enjoys the visual delight of webtoons and deeply enjoys the artistry of them. 

Nrithya enjoys watching TV shows such as "Modern Family" and "Arthur," even writing an opinion piece on how PBS Kids is much better than the other cartoon show networks. Nrithya's admiration for The Sidekick, comes from her love to do what she likes - from crafting cartoons, designing, writing and so much more. You can contact her [email protected].

Isheeta Bajjuri
Isheeta Bajjuri, Staff Photographer
Isheeta Bajjuri is a sophomore at Coppell High School. She is a photographer for The Sidekick, Coppell High School’s newspaper, which she joined due to her interest in photography. Isheeta became interested in photography when she realized the joy that taking photos brought her. However, her passion for photography became visible in the sunset pictures she took. Now, her favorite class in school is Art II Photography. In her free time, Isheeta likes to cook; her favorite thing to cook is also her favorite food: pasta. Aside from cooking, she also enjoys baking with her friends or even her mom. Her favorite things to bake are cookies, especially chocolate chip cookies, and cupcakes. She also likes to paint with different mediums, and she has been doing art since she was 4 years old! Isheeta loves to paint scenery because it is the most fun subject to paint. Isheeta enjoys having dinner, hanging out and shopping  with her friends. She enjoys listening to music, and her favorite artist is SZA. She has an older brother in college. Since we’re on the topic of college, she wants to go to UT or somewhere outside of Texas, where she wants to study to become either a lawyer, a realtor or a pediatrician. She does not have any pets, but she has always wanted an Australian Shepherd. You can contact Isheeta @ [email protected]  

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