2017-03-17 / Sports

Moorpark’s Zen garden

BASEBALL /// Moorpark Musketeers Baseball team finds peace on field
By Eliav Appelbaum

DROP ZONE—Quinton Potter, a senior pitcher for the Moorpark High baseball team, earned a scholarship to Kansas State University. 
Photos by MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers DROP ZONE—Quinton Potter, a senior pitcher for the Moorpark High baseball team, earned a scholarship to Kansas State University. Photos by MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Lloyd Braun of the “Seinfeld” universe said, “Serenity now. Insanity later.”

Moorpark High’s baseball players, engaged in mental exercises while lying on their backs before a recent practice, want serenity now—and a Coastal Canyon League championship later.

When they’re not meditating with Zen master/head coach Scott Fullerton, the Musketeers thrive in the classroom and on the field. They sport a collective 3.68 grade-point average.

Travis Weston leads the charge on the hill.

Weston, a senior southpaw, signed a scholarship with San Diego State. He’s always had a cannon for an arm, but his command has improved.

“It’s a great group of guys,” Weston said. “We have talent and ability. It’s a matter of, can we get the job done?”

CLOSE—Moorpark’s T.J. Foreman slides into home plate on March 15. CLOSE—Moorpark’s T.J. Foreman slides into home plate on March 15. Staying mentally strong is vital for Weston and the Musketeers (4-3 overall, 1-0 in league).

“Mental toughness. I think that’s what separates us from most teams,” the pitcher said. “If you make a mistake, move on to the next pitch. You have to have a short memory out here.”

Weston started playing baseball in Moorpark Little League at age 4. He’s been ringing up batters since he was 6. He threw a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts and no walks on March 31, 2016, against Apollo of Glendale, Ariz. His older brother, Trevor, a 2014 MHS graduate, was a standout right-handed pitcher for the Musketeers.

Last spring, Travis Weston earned All-Ventura County and All-Coastal Canyon first team nods, and he was an All-CIF second team selection.

“I think we’re a tough bunch of kids,” he said, “and we love to get after it.”

Quinton Potter is a star pitcher.

The 6-foot-4 senior righty will continue his baseball career at Kansas State. He throws hard and isn’t afraid to deliver off-speed stuff when he falls behind in the count.

“It’s fun coming out here every day,” Potter said. “It’s a fun group of guys.”

In a game of inevitable peaks and valleys, it’s important to stay focused every moment, the pitcher said.

“We have to make adjustments and get better every day,” Potter said. “We have to learn from our mistakes.”

Jr. Sandoval, Tyger Goslin, Zach Tipton, Chris Russell, Cole Moses and Brian Guy provide pitching depth. The staff gives the Musketeers a huge home field advantage—Babe Ruth was in skinny jeans the last time someone hit a home run at Moorpark.

Goslin, a starting second baseman who hasn’t played baseball since his sophomore season at Chatsworth, is the team’s top newcomer. He will play quarterback for the U.S. Naval Academy football team next fall.

Sandoval, a standout linebacker who is considering playing baseball at Chico State, starts at first base when he’s not delivering strikes on the bump. Fullerton said Sandoval has worked hard to improve defensively.

Sandoval said he’s looking forward to battling in the Coastal Canyon.

“We have to come into every league game with playoff intensity,” he said.

Sandoval, whose father, Gerry, is an assistant coach, said he wants to study kinesiology in college.

Parker Dubreuil, a senior, starts at catcher. Dubreuil is generating interest from multiple Division I teams.

The Musketeer started playing T-ball for the A’s at age 8. He played his freshman year at Westlake, but he’s found a niche at Moorpark the past three seasons.

Dubreuil said he loves playing for Fullerton.

“He’s changed me the most of any coach I’ve played for, by far,” the catcher said. “Fullerton’s a great guy. He brings good sense of competitiveness. I feel like I’ve grown up playing with him.”

The catcher is the youngest of three brothers: Denver Dubreuil roamed right field for the Musketeers while Reno Dubreuil, who currently plays football for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, suited up at fullback and linebacker for Westlake High.

T.J. Foreman is a senior to watch.

The center fielder shattered his right hand when he got hit by a pitch in the offseason. Doctors told him he might never play baseball again,. but he’s healthy and playing well as the leadoff hitter and defensive maestro in the outfield.

“It’s as good as new,” Foreman said. “Everything’s going great.”

Foreman said the local community rallied behind him when he was nursing his injuries for eight months.

“My teammates, teachers, coaches have motived me. They told me to keep going,” he said. “I’m grateful.”

Moses, a third baseman, and Guy, a shortstop, solidify the infield.

Dante Sandoval, Jr. Sandoval’s cousin, patrols left field.

Cole Kriger, who will play baseball at La Salle University in Philadelphia, starts at right field.

Second baseman Ethan Aguilera, first baseman/outfielder Garrett Austin and catcher/designated hitter Dillon Holliday are talented juniors. Tyler Ziemkowski, a senior, is a catcher who also played football. Tyler Freeland, Billy Freeman and John Peck contribute for Moorpark. Dan Burchfield is an assistant coach.

“It’s the most exciting time of the year,” Weston said. “We have to buckle down and just get wins.”

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