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Freshman Moss Shows Tools, Helps Defeat Campbell Hall

May 14, 1999|ERIC SONDHEIMER

There are few 15-year-old freshmen baseball players who possess the speed, arm strength and hitting skills of Steve Moss.

"I think he's a five-tool guy," said Brentwood Coach Mike Estrada. "He's just a tremendous player."

Moss, batting better than .500, on Thursday helped Brentwood complete an 8-0 Delphic League season with a run-scoring double and four putouts in right field in a 5-2 victory over host Campbell Hall in North Hollywood.

There's no telling how far Moss might go in baseball, which is a major reason he intends to transfer to Division I power Notre Dame in the fall under open enrollment.

Moss, 6 feet 2 and 170 pounds, lives in Sherman Oaks but has attended Brentwood, a Division V school in West L.A., since the seventh grade.

"Moss is a man-child," said Campbell Hall assistant Alan Namay.

He has concluded that to fulfill his athletic ambitions, he must test himself against the best.

"I'm looking for competition," he said. "I want to get the best out of my ability."

He's an age-group champion in the decathlon, and demonstrated his speed by legging out a double on a one-hopper off the right-field fence. He's thinking about taking advantage of his speed by playing football in the fall.

"I use it as one of my basic tools," Moss said. "You can't teach speed."

Brentwood (17-8, 8-0) was able to overcome a powerful pitching performance by junior right-hander Michael Frost (11-2), who struck out 12 and gave up five hits.

All five Brentwood runs were unearned because of six errors by the Vikings (19-4, 5-3), who finished tied for second in league.

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