North Harford High’s Kevin Mooney is the week eight winner of Extra Innings’ Baseball Player of the Week award. The junior was the driving force behind a deep postseason run for the Harford County school.
The Hawks advance to their first state semifinal since 2005, knocking off defending Class 3A champions C. Milton Wright, 5-1, in the North Region finals May 20. Mooney pitched a complete-game four-hitter with eight strikeouts.
“They’re quite the team. I knew they [C.M. Wright] were going to throw Bobby Ruse so I had to be on my best,” said Mooney, who out-dueled Ruse, who’s headed to the University of Maryland. “That last inning, I just wanted to throw strikes.”
“He wears his emotions on his sleeves more for the big games,” said North Harford coach Tim Larrimore. “He’s very steady. Pressure doesn’t get to him; he gives you the same thing.”
Mooney helped his cause in the region finals with the game-tying RBI in the sixth inning. He had a single and a RBI in the Hawks’ 11-3 region semifinal victory over Poly May 18. Mooney allowed two hits and fanned nine in six innings in a 10-2 decision over Catonsville in the region quarterfinals May 16.
The righthander went 7-1 on the season with 88 strikeouts and a 0.88 earned-run average in 48 2/3 innings. With a fastball in the mid-85 miles per hour range and a potent changeup, Mooney, 6-foot, will be one of the top pitchers in the area next season.
He credited his success to his defense, especially senior catcher Robert Campbell and junior shortstop Brady Maguire.
“Knowing that I can throw any pitch and my defense has my back is really huge,” said Mooney, who plays for Mid-Atlantic Red Sox showcase team.
Each week during the spring season, Extra Innings will recognize an outstanding performance by a softball and baseball player. The winner will receive a plaque, courtesy of Extra Innings.
To nominate a player, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than Monday at 1 p.m. each week. The nomination must cover games played Monday to Saturday from the prior week.
The contest is open to players on public and private baseball and softball teams in Baltimore County and Harford County, and Cecil County public teams.
Previous Extra Innings Baseball Player of the Week recipients